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Are We Teaching Our Children to be Victims?

Stop Bullying: Part II This is the long-overdue second post in my anti-bullying series. You can read the first post here. Bullying is a serious problem that requires our attention. Raising awareness of the issue and teaching our children that bullying is not acceptable are both important ways to combat bullying. Teaching our children to… Continue reading Are We Teaching Our Children to be Victims?

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Time Out for Mom: Poems and Quotes that Seize my Soul

Time Out for Mom Make breakfast, let out the dog, find the other matching shoe. Make sack lunches, let the dog in, remake sack lunches because you made the wrong kind of sandwich and put in cucumbers instead of peppers, even though cucumbers have been the favorite vegetable for months now. All the while, you… Continue reading Time Out for Mom: Poems and Quotes that Seize my Soul

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4 Truly Magical Bedtime Books for Children

Bedtime routines are so important for children, as well as for ourselves as adults. Like Pavlov’s bells and conditioning, they help signal our bodies that it’s time to slow down and prepare for sleep. One of my favorite parts of our bedtime routine is story time. Books, cuddles, and imagination. What’s not to love? However… Continue reading 4 Truly Magical Bedtime Books for Children

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Watching Out for Tigers: Things My Kids Say

Hair-pulling, sister-biting, milk-spilling weapons of mass destruction. The hurricane and the tornado. These are my children. This is the life of a parent. But every now and then, whether hilarious or profound, these tiny humans say something that makes the world stand still. And speechless, my husband and I stare at each other, the same question… Continue reading Watching Out for Tigers: Things My Kids Say

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Spring Clean your Cleaning Routine: My Interview with a Norwex Consultant

Spring is here! I thought we’d never see it, with some of this weather we’ve had…who would have ever anticipated snow. In March. In the Northwest?! Any how, I’ve definitely got some spring fever going on. And with that spring fever, I am rolling up my sleeves and getting ready for some spring cleaning. Open… Continue reading Spring Clean your Cleaning Routine: My Interview with a Norwex Consultant

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The 5 Greatest Lessons I Learned from my Clarinet

My music teachers taught me so much more than do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do. I wonder how many lives they have touched and changed for the better through out their careers. Many more than I’m sure they ever imagined. I played clarinet through middle school, high school, and part of college, at… Continue reading The 5 Greatest Lessons I Learned from my Clarinet

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Finding Motivation when I’m Not a Runner: Quarter 1 Update

Ok, I’m getting a workout in before I even sit down to start writing. Be right back…<twenty minutes later>…Whoosh! That felt amazing. Not a jog and nothing extreme, just squeezed in a little Piyo at home. I am not a fitness buff, but my health is important to me. And I already feel taller and… Continue reading Finding Motivation when I’m Not a Runner: Quarter 1 Update

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A Sincere Evaluation of how I Spend my Time

Creating my own Happiness: A Reflection upon my Priorities I’ve noticed that I am so often waiting to be happy. Waiting for life to be easier, less chaotic, or to have fewer demands on my time. But I know if I am going to insist on waiting for these things to be happy, I will… Continue reading A Sincere Evaluation of how I Spend my Time

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A Few of my Favorite Things: My Petite Joys

I have been struggling a bit lately with my attitude. There have been many days when I have felt too short tempered. Too many days when I feel too impatient with those that are dearest to me. Too many days when I just don’t want to do anything. I so easily get caught in the mindset… Continue reading A Few of my Favorite Things: My Petite Joys

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10 Children’s Books that Teach Friendship and Kindness

February Book Review I want to start off with a warm Happy Valentine’s Day to all my family, friends, and readers! This month’s book review isn’t going to cover the expected topic of a romantic Valentine’s Day. Instead, in the spirit of my post Small Acts of Kindness: A New Way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’m… Continue reading 10 Children’s Books that Teach Friendship and Kindness