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Work at Home Parenting: A Survival Guide (Part Two)

If you caught my previous post, you might remember me tossing out tips about work-at-home-parenting. If you'd like to go back and read it, please do. If not, just know that working from home while also staying home with your kids can be a difficult jungle to navigate.

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Stormy's November Update!

Hello friends!

Happy November! Wow that is hard to believe.

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Day In The Life Of...

"Mamaaaaa...the sun is uuuuup...it's wake up time!"

Milo happily announces this every morning as he pulls the curtains of my room open, his face relishing the light - justification for his alertness. I open my eyes a crack to admire my footie-pajama alarm clock and his eagerness to greet the day, orange hair glowing against the window.

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Categories: parent-stories, lifestyle,


Make a Fall Leaf Bowl

It's officially fall. Along with the switch of seasons, you can freshen up your home decor with fall items. You don't have to spend a lot to change things up for a new season. 

My youngest son loves arts and crafts. There are not many craft kits for boys. We have to get creative. This craft is great because anyone will like it! We decided that it would be fun to make a fall leaf bowl.

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Falling Leaves at Hands-on-Habitat!

Here at Fontenelle Forest we're celebrating the cool autumn weather that's finally arrived. We've got all sorts of harvest-time events happening this month, including our October session of Hands-on-Habitat! This program is designed to encourage preschoolers and their favorite adults to play and learn about nature together and will take place on October 20th from 9:30 to 11 am.

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Work At Home Parenting: A Survival Guide

A little after my son turned seven months old, I found myself feeling anxious… restless… just off.

It took me a long time to figure out the source of this feeling. Was I lonely? Maybe. Was I unhappy? Not really… I mean, the months after having your first baby can be weird, to be sure, but I was happy overall.

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Stormy's October Update!

Hey Chasers' Fans!

Hope all of your off-season's have been going well so far. Boy, I sure do miss baseball…

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Halloween Costume Safety Tips

From carving jack-o-lanterns to toasting pumpkin seeds and counting candy, I have many fond memories of celebrating Halloween as a kid.

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Family Fitness Challenge Week 6: Planks

If you haven't signed up for the challenge yet or missed any of the weeks, you can catch all the details over on The Family Fitness Challenge main page.

The final week of this 6 week Family Fitness Challenge is here. You did it! You're well on your way to making physical activity an everyday part of your family's life.

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Savvy Parent Stories: Katie LeFebvre

ParentSavvy's first ever Family Fitness Challenge kicked off on August 21st. Andrew has done a great job leading this challenge to build healthy families and kids.

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Beat the Parenting Guilt With These Kid Date Ideas

One of the biggest struggles I've experienced as a parent has been the one with my "non-parent" self. I struggle to hold on to the person I used to be before I had kids, and I struggle to actively participate in other things that enrich my life. Being able to write for a living has helped, but within the last two years, I've managed to reconnect with a part of my life I had thought was lost forever: theatre.

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Family Fitness Challenge Week 5: Squats

If you haven't signed up for the challenge yet or missed any of the weeks, you can catch all the details over on The Family Fitness Challenge main page.

I can't believe we’re already in week 5 of the Family Fitness Challenge.

Have you been able to stick with it? Have you found any new ways to be active together as a family?

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When Parenting is Difficult

When I first became a mother I remember wondering during difficult times: when does it get better? By better, I meant easier. Less exhausting, not so all-consuming, not so isolating. And while it's been true in my experience that the second year is easier than the first year, I also know that challenges will arise no matter what stage my children are in.

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Family Fitness Challenge Week 4: Lunges

If you haven't signed up for the challenge yet or missed any of the weeks, you can catch all the details over on The Family Fitness Challenge main page.

Week 4! We're over halfway done with The Family Fitness Challenge. How has your family done?! Let me know in the comments below!

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Turtle Time at Hands-on-Habitat

Time to head to the lake! While it may not be the best time of year for a full day in the water, it's the perfect season for observing aquatic life from the edge of a pond, marsh, or stream. The warm sunshine and water temperature makes for active adult amphibians and reptiles, and my favorite baby reptiles: turtle babies!

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