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Melissa Cary

Melissa Cary
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Melissa Cary was born and raised in Madison, WI. She has been married for 11 years and has 4 wonderful children- Jameson (9), Olive (7), Pryor (4) and Donovan (2). She has a degree in Education and Early Childhood and spend many years directing various child care programs and working as a School Administrator. She now owns Crocodile Smiles Photography, a business specializing in child and family photography. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, singing, reading, crafting, anything DIY and organizing/decorating.

Raising Independent and Confident Children

I have often wondered what other parents think when they see me interacting with my children.  Point #1 - I don't use a stroller if possible, my kids walk on their own two feet,...

DIY Halloween Costumes

My grandma was a great seamstress who taught my mom how to sew.  Every year in September my mom and I would start thinking of Halloween costume ideas and figure out how we could...

Educational App Round-up

With summer vacation drawing near, I know that my 'weekend only' rule for playing electronics will probably be broken. Don't get me wrong, I am not opposed to kids playing electronics, I just don't...

Melius, Schurr and Cardwell – Physicians for Women

This post is sponsored, but all thoughts and opinions are our own. It was a great day - my husband and I had decided to expand our family.  I was overjoyed, but also a little scared....

Youth Sports – Is it All Too Much?

What is it about youth sports that gets even the most tame and timid parents revved up and completely crazed? We live in a culture where sports leagues are starting children at even earlier...

Who Am I?

Before getting married and having kids I knew exactly who I was.  10 years later and I know I am not the same person, but I wonder what defines me now.  I am so...

When Your Child Has Night Terrors

It was a typical evening - the kids had been asleep for a few hours, my husband and I finishing up odds and ends before heading to bed, when all of sudden we heard screaming....

Help Wanted: Encouraging Children to Help Out Around the House!

I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel like I am working for my children!  I mean really, they almost expect me to come running when they ring a bell!  Okay, so maybe...

Dear Elf on the Shelf,

Dear Elf on the Shelf, Now that Christmas is a mere few weeks away, you will no doubt be arriving at the houses of many boys and girls.  You have already been at the end...

I Am How Old? How I trick myself young

This summer my son turned nine, and I celebrated my 10 year Anniversary!  Where did the time go?  Just yesterday I was still in college - living on my own, little to no responsibilities,...

My first trip to Disney as a Parent

If you read my previous article about planning a Disney Trip, you know that my husband and I decided to take our family to Disney World.  I spent 5 months planning, as I wanted...

Planning A Disney Trip 101- The Basics

Back in February my husband and I decided the time was right to take the family to Disney World.  In reality, there is no perfect time, one or another child was always going to...