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    Smoke And Mirrors: A Letter To Our Local Firemen

    Fall is, by far, my favorite time of year. However, fall is also my nemesis, for it is usually during this time of year that I fall prey to the temptation to do all things creative. For instance, one fall season, this is what was simultaneously taking place at our house:…

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    Teaching Kids About Food: Awesome Advice For Parents

    **When I learned that Sam from The Kitchen Professor is passionate about creating connections in the kitchen, I knew I had to invite her to guest post on my blog. After all, authentic connections are most easily made when surrounded by food, and what better place to find food than in a…

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    The Benefits of Outdoor Play (Kids’ Club Intro)

    **Someone hacked my website last night with a PRIVATE post about mud cakes. Mud cakes, of all things. I was deeply concerned until my daughter confessed that she was the culprit. When did she learn how to post something onto a blog? Seriously, children these days seem to be born with…

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    An Afternoon In The Park

    As one who is passionate about genuine connection, I found it impossible to hide my delight recently while spending an afternoon in the park. Children were seen everywhere–on the playground, at the ball courts, barefoot in the grass. But what really made my heart smile was the sight of the…

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    15 Ways To Enjoy Nature During The Fall Season

    Pumpkin season. Sweater weather. Nature at its finest. Fall is my favorite time of the year. With the change in colors, the cooler temps, and a festive feel in the air, I always sense an urgency to get outside and enjoy mother nature as the fall season approaches. Thankfully, there…

  • Celebrating America On Independence Day

    My children love to celebrate holidays. All holidays. But especially Independence Day. Yesterday, when my daughter realized it was the day before the 4th of July and I (shame, shame) hadn’t put up any decorations, she immediately went to work searching the house for anything red, white, and blue. She…