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Teaching Contentment in a Materialistic World

"My backpack isn't as pretty as the other girls' backpacks," my 4 year old daughter finally managed to pour out through tears last fall after preschool.

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My Child Is Not Your Billboard (Haha just kidding.)

Imagine with me, if you will, a fresh-faced mom-to-be. She's just graduated from college with an English and Theatre degree. She's living on a steady diet of mashed potatoes. She's got very strong opinions about the world, about corporate greed, about wooden handmade baby toys… and about children's clothing.

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That Pesky Devil On Your Shoulder

Have You Ever Had One Of Those Days?

The sole of your new shoes comes apart. You spill your coffee after just one sip - all over your new white shirt - on the day of your presentation to a really important client?

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The Seven Things I Wish I Knew Before Giving Birth

It’s finally here. Nine months of glowing and growing great with child is coming to an end.

Your bags are lovingly and perfectly over-packed. The nursery is ready for its new tenant, complete with woodland decor and newborn outfits galore. You’ve debated the merits of different breast pumps and the kind of music your little one should listen to in utero. You’ve got your birth plan in hand and you’re ready to meet your much anticipated bundle of joy.

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3 Reasons to Keep an Actual Trash Can in Your Car

I drive a minivan. It's a beautiful thing.

Well, I suppose I consider driving minivans in general to be a beautiful thing. Our minivan's no stunner or anything, but we like it and it works.

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Minimalism in Motherhood

Minimalism in Motherhood

Can those two words co-exist? I mean, really - the toys, the dishes, the laundry, the...everything. Legos underfoot. Stray Cheerios in every crevice of furniture. A sink full of last night’s dirty plates. Oh, Mama, I know!

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The 4 Stages of Mom Guilt

We all think we've got sweet kids, right?

Okay, so maybe if you don't actually think your kid is super sweet, maybe you just know they've got a kind heart underneath all that sass/grumpiness/eye rolling.

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A Grandma's Heart Grows

I had an experience with my kindergarten grandson over his first-ever report card that brought one of my favorite movies into mind.

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Respect for a 6 year old

As my grandson and I were leaving my house for the daily trip to his school, he asked me if I knew how my garage door opener worked.

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Must Give Gifts for Grandkids

The "buying season" is here for parents and grandparents.

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Mugs Half Full: Election Hope

Sometimes the world can be scary… especially around election time. No matter what side you're on, though, one thing's clear: You've got to have hope. Caffeine… and hope.

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Old Muscles Can Still Hug

Turning 60 didn’t bother me. It was kind of like achieving an adult merit badge.

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The Great Between Time

Ah, Fall. Pictures are more whimsical, coffee tastes better…  and you don't get quite so sweaty when you wear jeans. Fill up your mug and enjoy the season with this month's Mugs Half Full!

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Does Family Raise Your Blood Pressure

Recently I had a health scare when my blood pressure shot up over 200 with no real warning. After a few trips to the emergency room and a new group of medicines, I am happy to report that I am back on track.

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Mugs Half Full: Hard Knocks, Soft Boiled

When you're wrangling kids, meals, and life in general, even the seemingly simple meals can be catastrophic. (You should probably stock up on cereal.)

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