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It'll Happen. Someday. Maybe.

I had my first kid a year before Pinterest came into existence… and when it came out, it was a big fancy deal. I even learned about it in a presentation given by a pretentious fashion lady at a conference. Big, fancy, deal. 

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Four Gifts | Keeping Christmas Simple

"Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read."

That’s it. That’s all we give our children. Four things and a whole lot of contentment. We started this tradition when our now 5 year old Alice was born. I knew beloved grandparents and doting relatives would bring gifts by the sleigh, and there was no need to add to the piles. So the Mister and I decided to keep it simple - four things. We heard the rhyme somewhere and liked the concept.

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One Christmas in Three Countries: Managing Expectations during the Whirlwind Holiday Season

This year will be the first Christmas since we’ve had kids that our family will try to have three Christmas celebrations: one for our own little family, one with my husband’s family, and one with mine.

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Creative Sayings for Parents with Stubbed Toes and Elbowed Faces

You've stubbed your toe, right?

There's nothing quite like slamming your big toe (or even worse, your two outer toes) into an ottoman or Paw Patrol snow boot that's been permanently wedged under the couch. It's a feeling that can't quite be replicated, unless you ask someone to sneak up on you at the swimming pool and kick you in the foot.

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Fall Ramblings of Old-Fashioned Romantics

Can I tell you something? I'm a romantic. Particularly in the fall. You probably knew that, though, with my penchant for phrases like "kindred spirits" and "tea time."

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Relearning the Art of Unwinding

Until I had kids, I didn't know how easy it was to forget how to unwind.

Recently my husband and I were at a French restaurant, tiny votive candles flickering in front of us, reflecting off the rows of wine bottles lining the walls. We had been looking forward to this evening for weeks. The grandparents had come to town to see the children and it gave us a chance to get away for a date without the kids.

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Toddlers and Rose Colored Glasses: Learning from Nostalgia

As my youngest son approaches his first birthday I'm hit with it: nostalgia. That ache in my gut about time passing, slipping through the neck of the hourglass.

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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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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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Stay at Home Mom to Work at Home Mom | Mother Culture, Seasons & Purpose

Last year, I realized I wasn’t a stay at home mom anymore.

"What's it like being a work at home mom?" my friend asked me.

Work at home mom? Me?? Yes, me.

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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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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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Hold the Moment | An Invitation for Mothers to Get in Front of the Camera

Life is so temporary. Baby rolls turn into long-limbed children. Dimples melt away. The sound of their elephant feet running through the house quiets when they leave for college. Faces we wake up with march down their own paths. The doctor calls with a diagnosis. Jobs come and go. Reality hits.

Life is always changing. Sometimes it hurts and sometimes it doesn't. But this moment that you're in, it's worth remembering. It's beautiful in all of it's fullness or hardship - in all of its relationships.

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7 Lessons from Grandkids

I have now been a grandma for almost 7 years! As I look back on those past years, I realize that I am a better, smarter person because of the things my grandchildren have taught me. Here are the "top" lessons:

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