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I wanted to publish a "Guide to Madison-Area Kid AND Allergy-Friendly Restaurants." Here's what I wrote instead. The image above is just one example of how individuals impacted by food allergies find themselves sans compass. I see the names of...
I don't know about you, but I can struggle to be the happy fun mom I want to be, especially when the kids are home for an extended period of time, like a long weekend, a school break, or,...
One of our biggest goals when we found out we were pregnant, was to still be able to travel as much as we did prior to a baby. From road trips, flights, camping, you name it, we were always...
If you teach a kid to fish…  My boys became quite the fishermen last summer thanks to a rainy weekend, and a well-sheltered boathouse spent on Stout Island in Northern Wisconsin. In a span of a couple of days, they...
Making the most of magical days like St. Patrick’s Day.  I know I'm preaching to the choir when I say that being Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy takes planning, precision, and a heck of a lot of...
The hardest part of the holidays for me as a mom is the expectations that I put on myself.  It’s not that I want a Norman Rockwell Christmas, but as my kids have gotten older, and with three of...
Dear Stay-at-Home Mom, Can I be honest? Sometimes, I get jealous of you. Like, when I picture your mornings, minus the chaos of hustling kids out the door to daycare. I picture breakfasts eaten without staring at the clock, maybe a...
“Pressure like a drip, drip, drip that’ll never stop…” Isn’t that the truth. We all feel it, parents and kids alike. But, we don’t always talk about it. The first time we watched Encanto, my 9 year old son...
Parents, like their children, come in all sizes and shapes. You pack your child's lunches for school with bento boxes and star-shaped cucumber sandwiches, notes of love and encouragement attached. I leave my children to their own devices (with...
The unresolved grief that permeates our lives, and how to talk about it.  Since the COVID pandemic began in March of 2020, we’ve all likely lost something —  some things little, some big. Some losses may have been final, such...
Staying on top of the clutter, not the other way around.  As moms we have become pretty good at the discard game. We're finding a new home for the toys our kiddos no longer play with, the books they no...
My house has a new room -- or rather, an entirely new floor. What once was the basement is now called the Den of Isolation, where Covid-positive family members go to hang out in solitude for five or 10 days,...

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