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The other day, my six-year old came home from school and asked me with big eyes: “Mommy, did you know a man took a gun and shot many, many people. They are all dead. Is this true?” Sadly, my...
Recently, I had the great pleasure of having a portrait illustration done of my 3 year old son, Joshua. My husband's uncle, Jim Sasse, is an amazing artist and so we were beyond thrilled that he offered to do...
When fall rolls around, most people are looking forward to its cooler weather, football, and everything pumpkin. I, on the other hand, am beginning to mourn the loss of summer. Don't get me wrong, I like all those fall...
With school now back in full swing, I was reminded of how chaotic our days can get – backpacks on the stairs, toys on the floor, half-eaten breakfasts, and me running after the kids with barely finished makeup trying...

Simple Ways to Raise Readers

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Growing up I didn't just like to read, I LOVED to read. I was the kid who was supposed to be cleaning my room or coming down to dinner, but instead I was reading. I never went anywhere without...
Being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) was something I always knew I wanted to be. Getting to spend my days enjoying sweet moments with my littles is a dream come true, but no one prepared me for the transition I...
You know the drill. Your kitchen is completely clean -- the counters are clear and there is not a crumb on the floor. And then your kids get home from school. And they bring home so. many. things. I...

Top 5 Tips for Taxi Moms

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School is back in session. Sports are back in full swing. Life is busy and fast-paced. Let's face it, fellow moms:  Most of our cars or SUVs are a wreck . . . not literally-- just on the inside. Some...

Grace and Grandparents

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In honor of Grandparents Day, I thought I would talk about Thanksgiving -- because when I think about my grandparents, I think about lessons of grace learned around the holiday table. Thanksgiving. A time to pack up whatever station wagon...
The summer months are winding down and I don't know about you but we have hosted and been to a numerous amount of cook outs, BBQs, pot lucks, and don't forget all those June weddings!  There have been countless of dishes served,...

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Antique Shopping in Birmingham

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  Antique shopping is a creative outlet for me. While some might consider a spa trip to be the ultimate in “self-care,” give me an...