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10 Reasons to LOVE SLIME!

10 Reasons to LOVE SLIME!

SLIME!  If you’re a parent, you’re probably cringing at this craze that has lasted over a year now.  Making slime, playing with slime, experimenting with new slime recipes, watching videos about slime, teaching others to make slime, putting new things in slime, figuring out where slime sticks and where it doesn’t.  We are undoubtedly in THE SLIME ERA.  I know lots of parents who hate all things slime  — it’s messy, it’s sticky, it’s constant, it’s annoying.  But I’ve looked…

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My Mother’s Love

My Mother’s Love

A dear friend of mine recently lost his mom to the cruel disease, dementia.  In his memorial speech, he stated some powerful, emotional words, sharing what he has learned about love in the past few years.  To be the best (father, husband, friend . . .) he could be, he should “love others as my mother loved me.” It seems so simple and obvious, right?  A mother’s love is undying.  It’s powerful enough to hold up through unimaginable exhaustion, tantrums,…

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Thanksgiving Traditions for Kids

Thanksgiving Traditions for Kids

My family has a lot of Thanksgiving traditions:  My mom will take out her ancient list of what to serve, she will polish silver platters, she will work extra hard, my dad will take the gross stuff out of the turkey, someone will tell a story that makes no sense at the dinner table, everyone will break out into laughter, there will be turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and kugel and crescent rolls and 10 other things my mom…

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Raising boys: There will be nudity.

Raising boys: There will be nudity.

I’m learning a lot raising boys.  Like just how much they love to be naked. Completely nude.  I suppose little kids, in general, do.  But as the mother of three boys, I think especially boys love to be naked . . . as often as they can and for as long as they can.  Wherever they can. I never planned to visit a nudist colony, but with three sons of my own, I sometimes feel like I live in one. What…

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Baby is growing up: A virtual time machine of memories

Baby is growing up: A virtual time machine of memories

Baby is growing up:  A virtual time machine of memories My baby is growing up.  He’s turning 3 very soon.  He just learned (on his own, because my heart couldn’t handle correcting him on this one) to say “I want you to hold me” instead of gazing at me with those deep brown eyes and saying “I want to hold you.”  Every time he has said those words to me over the past year, I’ve had a flood of invisible,…

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Living with Hungry Boys: The Mommy Diet

Living with Hungry Boys: The Mommy Diet

Hungry boys — a big part of the adventure of being a mother of sons. Mothers of boys know — and we hear it all the time — “boys are always hungry.” So far it seems to be true, even after I confirm their bellies are full.  Now, what can I eat? Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive…

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Raising Boys to Dream Big. Always.

Raising Boys to Dream Big. Always.

Raising Boys: Dream Big and Never Stop Reaching As a mom of three boys, I know this to be true:  raising boys is an adventure, and life is complicated.  We’re under pressure as parents, and our kids are under pressure, too, as they navigate through the ups and downs and obstacles that come their way.  Earlier this summer, while playing outside with my kids, I glanced over at the driveway and snapped this candid picture of my youngest son. I couldn’t help…

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Obstacle Course Birthday Party: Wipeout theme

Obstacle Course Birthday Party: Wipeout theme

Host an Obstacle Course Wipeout Theme Party  Obstacle Course and Ice Cream Tower Contest! Messy and Delicious Fun for Boys: For R’s 8th birthday this year, we decided to make a Wipeout-themed outdoor party.  We’ve had parties at bouncy house places in the past and have loved them, but this year, we wanted something that would give the kids more chance to interact with each other in a smaller setting – our yard!  At first, R thought we were building…

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Vacation with Boys: What I re-learned

Vacation with Boys: What I re-learned

Vacation with Boys:  Shirtless at the shore, kicking sand Our family vacation.  It begins every year with a smartly packed minivan that somehow ends up over-filled before leaving our driveway, sentencing me to a 3 1/2 hour drive with no legroom.  But I don’t mind.  It’s my week away with my family, a chance to disconnect from the stresses of work and life and to make lasting memories, and for me to figure out what it means to vacation with…

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Lessons from a jiggly mom-tush

Lessons from a jiggly mom-tush

Your body changes after having kids, but I love my boys and I love chocolate: 5 Lessons from a jiggly mom-tush I grew up as a dancer – tap, jazz, ballet, modern and even a little flamenco. Many hours a week from age 5 through my late 20s were spent dancing — moving through life in steps and combinations, expressing joy and sadness and love and pain through motion, and, apparently, giving me greatly toned muscles in the process. Enter…

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