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Wordless Wednesday: Bedtime

I find myself referencing Orange Is The New Black quite often lately, actually! Alright, the boys are going into 3rd and 7th grade in a few weeks. What say you for bedtimes? 3rd grade: _______ pm 7th grade: _______ pm I'm tottering on the fence. Expert mamas (yah, that means YOU mama), please weigh in. Also, what time do YOUR kids go…

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And on the 198th Day of the Year, She Rested

Girls, I am taking my annual July blogging break, only this year, it's only going to be the last two weeks of July. I do this every year for my mental wellbeing, and for the quality of this blog. It is my gift to myself. It is not easy to continuously keep things fresh, relevant and interesting, so every July, I…

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Summer Vacation Travel Tips With Kids

Traveling during peak summer times can be frustrating:  the lines are long, the planes are crowded, and it all can make for an uneasy travel experience. As a mom of two boys, aged 11 and 8, I can appreciate how traveling with young children can feel overwhelming. My boys have surprisingly become wonderful travelers. Whether we’re flying to visit family, or…

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I am My Beloved’s and My Beloved is Mine

By Guest Blogger Taly Fleischer On July 3rd 2005, I married Brandon – the love of my life. Our courtship was a whirlwind romance; the kind of stuff in fairy tales. Brandon and I first met in 1991 when I went on vacation with his brother and my friend. At the time, we all saw Brandon as the "little brother" that…

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Why Sleepaway Camp Is Good For Kids AND Parents

It's 9:15am Monday morning. I just finished a great 'Beat Spin and Abs' class, and I'm feeling good. A bit lonely, but gooooood. Last week, I sent my boys off to sleepaway camp, together, for the first time. The people I have bumped into have asked me, "So? How does it feel to have both your kids gone for the…

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5 Life Lessons Learned From My Son’s Near Death Experience

By Guest Blogger Ruth Zive My son was blue, limp, lifeless, silent... essentially dead.  And then in five moments of interminable chaos, stress, hysteria and prayer, my daughter and I brought him back to life. This day changed everything, and ultimately propelled me off of the fence, in so many important ways. I found him in the pool, face down…

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Monday Catch Up

Good morning and Happy Monday! It's been a while since we chit-chatted, so I figured we'd simply just catch up today. The week started back on the saddle early this morning at spin. It's been a little chaotic around here the past week. My washing machine decided to die on us this weekend, so RIP my favorite Mellie The Maytag. Shout out…

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Mother’s Day ‘Mom Thrive Guide’ With A Giveaway!

Sunday is the day we honor mothers everywhere. For some, Mother’s Day is a day to rejoice and celebrate motherhood. For others, it’s a sad and difficult day, as many will celebrate this Mother’s Day without a mom. I feel so grateful to be lovingly sandwiched in the middle.  A delicious and devoted mom on top, and two wonderful sons who are never too busy…

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I Don’t Think I Want a Baby – Is That OK?

By Guest Blogger Rebecca Longman Throughout my teens and most of my 20’s, I prayed it wouldn't happen-- I took the proper precaution to make sure it wouldn't happen. At 27, I thought I was ready, then the break-up came and I was glad it hadn’t happened. Then at 30, in a stable and happy relationship, I wondered if it would ever happen.…

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6 Hot Parenting Trends of 2015: #Brelfie Anyone?

So, if you're a parent, maybe you wanted to know some of the hot parenting trends we're seeing so far in 2015. Some may seem obvious and welcomed (getting back to old school values), others some may seem odd to you. If you were curious, I did a TV segment yesterday on 6 Hot Parenting Trends of 2015. Take a look...…

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