Backpacks loaded with school supplies? Check. New clothes and shoes purchased? Check. Paperwork and registration completed? Check. But what about school safety? While parents everywhere are making sure all the necessities of the school year are in place for their students,...
August is officially here, and that means moms everywhere are cheering-- it’s time to get ready to go back to school! If your family has been singing “Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m...
It’s hard to believe it, but it is already the end of the summer, and time to start thinking about the transition back to school. This change can already be hard for a lot of kiddos, but if you have...
With a new school year comes new clothes! We just made it through a hot, and dirty summer in our play clothes waiting to see how much our kiddos will grow before we invest even more money into their...
We all know that feeling of opening up a gift and not quite knowing what it is.  Fake smile, “Thank you!...what is it?” followed by an awkward face.  But to be honest, all Moms should know that the best...
Like many of you, my husband and I had loosely enforced screen time rules for our kiddos pre-COVID. And then somewhere in the thick of quarantining and distancing, those already-loose boundaries on our rules started to get even fuzzier.   As...
School is out!  Summertime for children is a magical time filled with swimming, cookouts, vacations, playing with friends, and no school. With one of the weirdest school years we’ve experienced in the books, I know my children are looking forward to...
May is an odd little beast. Just as we start anticipating the leisurely pace of summer, we’re busier than ever. Our kids are balancing their typical classwork while tackling standardized testing. At home, we’ve set a new low by...
This first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week. I am not a teacher.  I do not play one on T.V.  If I were, I would be in jail. Few professions have my undying respect like educators.  Not only does an...
Of course, I realized my child would eventually need to learn to drive, but when the time officially arrives and you are sitting in the passenger seat ready to hold on for dear life, man is it ever a...
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The Best Season of All is Fall: My Fall Favorites

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Close your eyes and just imagine the following... The crisp air and the cool breeze coming through an open window.  The changing of the leaves...