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Should We Lose the “Step” in “Step Family”?

Step mothers are often seen as evil. Step children unwanted. Step fathers portrayed as overbearing brutes. But what if we stopped with the “step”? What if we recognize that family is family, whether it’s through blood, marriage, or choice? I don’t often do lifestyle posts like this, especially stream-of-consciousness ones, but it’s something that’s been […]

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5 Brands That Make the Best “Unplugged” Toys for Toddlers

Struggling to limit your child’s screentime? We’ve all been there! Chances are good you’ve heard the following at least once or twice… “When I was growing up, we played outside from sunup to sundown.” “I’m glad I grew up when kids still played instead of looking at a screen all day.” “When I was a […]

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How Matcha Tea Makes for a Better Day (and Night!)

When it comes to our kids, we know that a bedtime routine is a must. While it may seem tedious at first, having a night time schedule really gives them the space to wind down, get ready, and (hopefully) get to sleep quickly. So here’s my question… WHY DON’T MORE OF US HAVE ONE FOR […]

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Why You Need to Buy Future Presents for Your Kids

We have totes for everything – storing holiday decorations, keeping the umpteen feral cats in our neighborhood warm during cold winter nights, planting small varieties of tomatoes, etc. It’s not quite as bad as my mason jar habit, but it’s getting there… Then one summer, we found an extremely value-priced Imaginext playset at a garage […]

Why I’m Not a Multitasking Momma

Is it possible to stop multitasking and get more done? Well, as a work-at-home mom with two preschoolers, this may come as a shock to you but — I don’t believe in multitasking! Insanity, right? But as a mom and as an efficiency strategist, I want to share with you why I think we need […]

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10 Tips for Romance All Year Long

As a parent, romance as a priority usually falls under the “meh” category – as in “If the kids are taken care of, I’ve had enough sleep, I’m not sick with yet another round of Pre-K germs, then ‘meh’ sure, romance me…” That said, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s a great […]

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Affirmations 101: Your Guide to Happier Thoughts

Do you consider yourself a smooth talker? Or do you stumble over your words, your brain moving faster than your mouth? Either way – what if I told you that you could talk your way into a healthier, wealthier, overall happier life? Sounds like crazy voodoo or maybe just hippy hullabaloo right? Fortunately I have […]