Category Archives: Parenting

Hallmark: When The Neighborhood Grows Up

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Watching our neighborhood grow up… a Hallmark Life is a Special Occasion Post. Maybe it’s because the oldest “kid” on our block left us for college this year… Or that my son no longer wants to dress up for Halloween… Or that our group of “kids” at our annual Halloween “Boo in the Bubble” neighborhood party…

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2014 Summer of Fun Bucket List

Dine and Dish 2014 Summer of Fun Bucket List Summer activities for kids

Hi friends! Sorry for the silence around here lately. My parents have been visiting and we have been busy wrapping up the last few weeks of school! Today is the first day of our summer vacation, which happens to be my most favorite time of the year! We’ve had an awesome first day…if today is…

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Parenting is Hard {Recipe: Creamy Chicken & Corn Chowder}

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I leaned over her bed, late at night, placing a gentle kiss on her cheek. As I did, one of my tears fell onto her face, falling down into her wild and curly hair. I love this girl so, so much I feel my heart physically swelling at the sight of her, but I don’t…

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Family Meetings and Encouraging Words

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We sit down and have a family meeting on Sunday evenings. It’s a way for our family of 6 to make sure we are all on the same page for the upcoming week, celebrate accomplishments from the prior week, and more. We assign chores, distribute allowance, plan our weekly menu and share our goals for…

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It Takes a Village… Not to Mention Wine and Coffee

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I’ve always known and hoped that I would be a mom. When I was in Kindergarten, we had a “Star of the Week” program where the star would be interviewed. One of the questions in the interview was “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My immediate answer, firmly stated without any…

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