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Meditations on Gardening with Littles

"Look, Mama - worms!" Alice has a penchant for handling those wriggly masters of the soil.

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Your Spring 2017 Parenting Horoscope

Spring is here!

Well, kind of.

The weather is weird in the midwest, and the recent rain/snow has been bumming me out. You know what's fun when you're bummed out? Horoscopes! (You remember reading those in junior high, right?)

So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, find your favorite bunny slippers, and let's find out what the internet says the planets say are in store for us!

(Disclaimer: I'm not an actual astrologer. I have simply googled "zodiac signs" and "daily horoscopes" for the purpose of a fun little blog post.)

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Finding Calm in the Chaos

It was a weekend in early April and my house was filled with the sounds of a crying baby and a running toddler. Tiny feet on the hardwood floor. Clank of a plastic sippy cup against the edge of the table.

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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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The Patience of a Concrete Worker

To The Concrete Workers At The Neighbors:

I wish I knew your names. You were installing a concrete patio next door to my 6-year-old grandson's house. He was fascinated by the things you were doing and started talking to you over the fence. "What are you doing? Why are you doing that? What is that machine for?"

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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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