October 22nd, 2013 01:34pm

Losing a loved one

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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve known that my grandma faced many health issues. Despite her waning eye sight, recurring strokes and battle with severe diabetes, she always had a smile on her face and hugs and kisses for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. My 7-year-old daughter had a special connection with her great grandmother, a connection that … Read More »
October 16th, 2013 09:56pm

The pros of living near family

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Since marrying and starting a family, my husband and I have lived hours from our families. We both grew up in the same hometown, moved away to attend UF, and remained in the amazing city of Gainesville to raise our family. While the 2.5-hour drive back home proves fairly easy for weekend visits, it certainly doesn’t allow for the grandparents … Read More »
September 30th, 2013 11:33pm

The downfall of decorating too early

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Fall is hands down my favorite time of year. I can’t get enough of the Salted Caramel Mocha at Starbucks, and I could spend every afternoon in Bath and Body Works smelling the pumpkin soaps and candles. Every year, my husband and I debate on when we should pull out the fall and Halloween décor, because if it were up … Read More »
September 2nd, 2013 07:56pm

Homework Help

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The beginning of this school year has been a bigger adjustment for our family compared to the past couple years. My husband and I enrolled our second-grader in a full-time magnet program at a new school that is quite a hike from our home. While we are impressed with the program, it seems our new routine will now include more … Read More »
August 21st, 2013 02:13pm

Is learning to ride a bike a must?

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Learning to ride a bike. It’s a skill all children must learn, right? Just like learning to tie a shoe or button a coat, there comes a time in every child’s life when the training wheels are unscrewed and a few scraped knees are almost guaranteed. But what if a child has no interest in learning to ride a bike? My … Read More »
August 16th, 2013 10:12pm

Handling public tantrums

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I have heard fellow moms talk about their kids having tantrums in public. I’ve heard the stories about toddlers throwing themselves on the floor, screaming louder than once thought humanly possible, and/or throwing things as fast and furious as mini missiles. Somehow, I have been fortunate to avoid one of these knock-down, drag-out outbursts…until yesterday. With the summer coming to an … Read More »
August 12th, 2013 01:28pm

Facing Struggles

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I’m back! It goes without saying that I have fallen off the radar for a few months and have failed to stay current with my blog. I have missed sharing my stories and hearing from all those who read my posts and offer advice, encouragement, support and recommendations. The past eight months have been a challenging time in our household. After … Read More »
October 22nd, 2012 12:17pm

“Mommy did it.”

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Just a few days ago, Riley and I were feeling a bit stir-crazy, so we decided to go out to lunch. We hopped in the car and drove down the street to Wendy’s for “chicken and fries!” as my 2-year-old always says. But as we waited in line to place our order, my daughter, who has become quite chatty the … Read More »
September 13th, 2012 11:52am

How to tell children about 9/11

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Every afternoon, as I walk my 6-year-old daughter to our car after picking her up from school, I make a point to ask her about her day.  Monday afternoon was no exception, but her response was a bit more emphatic than the typical one-word responses I so often get from her. “I learned about a new holiday!” she told me. “Really? What … Read More »
August 14th, 2012 01:27pm

Time flies when you’re having fun!

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It’s been too long since I’ve sat down at my computer to write about life. I guess that’s because life has kept me on my toes for the past couple months. The 10 weeks of summer vacation have been a whirlwind full of road trips, backyard picnics by the pool and time spent with family – all of which have … Read More »