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5 Simple Ways To Improve Positive Self Talk

“Name three things you love about yourself,” the television show host asked her co-host. To my surprise, the co-host replied, “I can only think of one”.    Listening to this conversation got me thinking, and I couldn’t help but ask myself the same question. I also struggled to come up with more than one measly thing. However, […]

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Dear Foster Mom…

My sister and brother-in-law began fostering this year. When they got their first placement, I couldn’t wait to come visit. After all, this beautiful baby boy had instantly made me an aunt! I packed up my three kids for a weekend visit, and it was one I will never forget.  It was the first time […]

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I’m a Teacher E-Mail Delinquent

It’s a good thing for me there isn’t a parent report card. Or at least if there is, I’m glad I’ve never seen mine. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t think I would be failing everything. I’m pretty sure my kids’ teachers would give me an A in “Parent-Teacher Conference attendance” (okay, maybe an A-…there […]

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Passionate, Powerful and…Petty

I think most of us can agree that marriage brings out qualities that we truly never realized were buried so deeply. Personally, marriage has caused some of my best characteristics to surface: empathy, compassion, humility, and…pettiness.  I’d like to think we’ve all “been there” at some point. Maybe it’s 3am, and–although you’re exhausted–you get up […]

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Our Best Mom Fails

At first, “best” mom fails may seem like a contradiction. “Mom fails” are something we as moms could have done better at, but, thankfully, nobody ended up badly hurt. I mean we can’t be at the top of our game 100% of the time, right?I think it’s important to not share only our successes. Besides being […]

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4 Reasons Why I Don’t Purge My Closet

I know some people are so good at this whole minimalism deal. And actually, minimalism is something that I could see myself getting into. Clutter isn’t my thing. I can ditch the junk. I can (happily) part with old trashy toys. I can easily part with crap I don’t use anymore…  Except for clothes. When […]

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