Flashback on Aisle 4

I know it’s not him. Really, I do. I don’t need you all worrying about my mental state, thank you. And yet, there he is. Halfway down the aisle, staring at the rows upon rows of crackers and snacks. His mom obviously sent him to find something on her list, her way of letting him […]

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Life Lessons from a Labrador Retriever

labrador retriever black and white

There she goes. Again. She ran out the back door the moment I opened it and plotted her course straight towards the huge tree in the corner. The squirrels are chattering at her from high above, the animal version of a snarky retort. I whistle in an attempt to bring her back from her wild […]

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8 Ways to Suck the Fun out of the Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patch farm

Ah, the pumpkin patch… a fall must-do destination for any family with wee ones. While most of these places start opening as soon as the September calendar page turns, many of us postpone the visit until it’s SO LATE that we have no choice but to go. NOW. And since this past weekend was the […]

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What’s Cool About Teens, Anyway?

ToMyTeen campaign

What’s cool about teens? Plenty! Teens totally get a bad rap these days! I feel strongly enough about this cause to be a part of the #ToMyTeen campaign with StopMedicineAbuse.org and some of my favorite bloggers. Our goal is to inspire a positive conversation about what’s great about teens today. I love the positive message, […]

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She’s Sweet Sixteen

Kelli birthday

She’s finally up — before noon, I might add. When you’re a teenager, summer birthday mornings are for sleeping in as late as possible. Even later than your older brother, apparently. Sixteen. She says it, the calendar says it too… but my mind can’t wrap around the idea that my 6-pound baby girl has lived […]

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In an Instant

unconscious child in ER

The moment it happened is frozen in my mind. The loud school bell ringing out the morning call to class — big kids running across the blacktop, trying to get to class before the teacher closes the door. Moms chatting and laughing, making coffee dates and lamenting the pile of laundry waiting for them at […]

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How to Survive Your Teen’s Journey to College

smiling college students

It’s official: My daughter is on the journey to college! Those of you who have followed my blog since the beginning know I’ve been down this road once before. In fact, I started my blog in 2010 as a cheaper-than-therapy option to help myself make it through my son’s senior year of high school — […]

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