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Strategic Gift Withholding

How to help our children be happy with a lower-key Christmas. It is possible. And guess what? It creates true peace on earth for everyone involved! (Image above via Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) Read More »

Beautiful on the Inside,Making HerStory,Parenting

Being Inspired By Things Typically Overlooked

By Jenny Hansen Lane

I met Erin through Social Media. We are members of many creative groups together.  When I learned about her most recent invention, it kind of blew my mind in it’s simplistic solution to a common problem. So let’s get started: I love what Erin has to share with us. Read More »

Beautiful on the Inside,Parenting

That Man In My Life

If you thought I forgot about Father’s Day, well, I didn’t.  🙂  I though about it all last week and this past weekend, too.  The last couple of weeks have been overloaded with to-do’s and super late nights.  But, I got through it!  And it wouldn’t have been possible without Nate’s support.  So this post is dedicated to the father of my two boys. Read More »

Beautiful on the Outside,Parenting

Family Photos

Ok, let’s be honest.  How many of us really like the family photo experience?  It’s almost comical when I arrive for a family photo shoot.  Without fail, at least one of the kids is upset and the parents are stressed.  I put on my smile and begin to capture “beautiful moments.” Ha!  And you know what?  My own kids pull the same thing on me when I’m trying to take a photo of them.  If you asked my husband and boys what hell is like, they would definitely say: a family photo shoot that goes on for eternity.  I, for one, enjoy photographing other families, but taking photos of my own family is another story… especially when I have to set up the shot behind the camera, set the camera timer and then run to my position in the shot!  ARRGGHH!!!  I wish I had a video camera recording us during these “precious” moments of family time.   Read More »


My Son Sam

By Melessa

Sam, my 10 year old son, had a seizure this past Wednesday at school.  He’s home now, and we’re so grateful for all the wonderful school and medical staff who took amazing care of him.

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Teaching Your Child to Read

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When each of our girls was four years old, I taught them to read.  Am I a crazy, over-achieving mom?  I don’t think so.  And it definitely didn’t start out that way.

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Kids Gift Guide

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It’s November, which means that holiday prep begins in earnest now!  So, while we’re planning for Thanksgiving and avoiding eating Halloween candy, we’re also eyeing all the cute toys that have popped up in stores.  Lots of people get frustrated with how early people start talking about Christmas…I used to be one of those people.  But, after a few stressful years of starting to shop on Black Friday, fighting the crowds, and not really being able to feel the joy and peace that should constitute the Christmas season, I changed my approach.

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