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Elf on the Shelf Ideas (from a busy parent)

Cole as "Crackle"

Love him or hate him, if you have small children and have adopted the Elf on the Shelf® tradition for your family you are likely beginning to run out of steam by now. Chances are you’ve been at it since Thanksgiving and are in the third week of making sure that the little red felt […]

I’ve changed my mind about our Elf on the Shelf.

Cole the Elf

Holiday traditions.  Every family has them.  Many are universally celebrated, and some are as unique as the people who celebrate them.  I grew up in a family that cherished our traditions and the holidays took on a certain rhythm of shopping, cooking, travelling, and then ultimately celebrating together. Fast forward to parenthood. The pressure is […]

An open letter to the other parents at my daughter’s ball game:

Sam the Springer Spaniel

This week something utterly embarrassing happened to us, forcing me to write this letter. I’ll be  handing out copies of it at my daughter’s next ball game, should the incident repeat itself. Backstory: We have a new family member.  He is a fun-loving, face-licking, ball-chasing Springer Spaniel puppy named Sam.  We like to take him […]

Finding beauty in the weeds… and a little parenting insight, too.

Beauty in the Weeds

This is what happens when you go on vacation and leave your yard unattended for a couple of weeks: Weeds.  Not just a few little dandelions popping up here and there.  Giant, thick, deep-rooted weeds.  Spiky, nasty weeds.  Weeds that are too prickly to pull with your bare hands.  Painful weeds. Looks like I’ll be […]

Play-Less Summer

Play-Less Summer

I am so excited to share this guest post from Samantha Richardson who writes a fantastic blog: Goodnyou?  I hope you enjoy her words as much as I do! Play-Less Summer By, Samantha Richardson – Goodnyou? So far our summer has kept with the end of school craze. I’ve been telling myself “after the 4th” is […]

My 8 year old daughter is in love, and I couldn’t be happier (spoiler: this story will melt your heart!)

Puppy Love

Just two weeks ago, my sweet little girl fell in love. I knew it was coming and I did nothing to prevent it.  You might even say that I spurred it along. We celebrated CurlyQ’s 8th birthday and a week later, she finally got to hold her gift: a 13 week old English Springer Spaniel […]

Ahh the smells of Spring. And manure.

Adams-Briscoe Seed Company

Spring is without a doubt my favorite season of the year.  I love watching the earth come back to life as the snow finally melts away and the grass begins to get green again.  I don’t think that there is a more amazing green than when the trees are budding out and the grass is […]