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Deja vu? No, this is our reality. We were actually in the same exact position last year as we are now, except this time it was almost entirely preventable. The vaccine, along with following the guidelines set forth by...
Dear Sweet Baby Girl, Okay, so maybe you aren't quite a baby any more. Every time I blink - you get bigger. And every time I pause for a moment, you are using bigger words (like loquacious... what?!) and learning...
Did you ever get those dreams at the start of the pandemic where you'd be in a store or another crowded place and realize no one was wearing a mask? No, just me? Well, I had them a lot...
Lake Michigan. We haven’t yet found a spot that isn’t unique... pebble rock beaches, huge sand dunes, surfable waves, Chicago sailing, and gentle shores perfect for littles. All surrounded by hiking trails and huge trees. It’s always an adventure...
Somehow, I ended up with having another senior graduate from high school this year. For those of you keeping track at home, this is kid number three out of six for me. No Usual Cues Despite the weirdness of this last...
May is Mental Health Awareness month and I don’t think it’s any secret that this past year has had a huge impact on parent and child mental health. We have all experienced a global pandemic, navigated virtual learning, went...
I was born in 1979, so grew up in the 80's. Back then, the same sports weren't offered to girls as were boys. I have very vivid memories of my sister and I being the only girls on the...
I honestly do not know how I did it, but somehow I managed to get through two semesters of graduate school in the year of COVID. Not only did I go through a drastic change in my life by...
Wow, it has been a long year! My kids were in virtual school for over a year. We have allowed them each to do a few activities (mainly sports) that we thought were safe enough for our tastes, but...
The following is excerpted from Dying To Be a Good Mother: How I Dropped the Guilt and Took Control of My Parenting and My Life by Heather Chauvin. Copyright © 2021 by Heather Chauvin. Excerpted with permission from Page Two Books. Energetic Time Management is a transformative and simple-to-implement process...
I don’t have to be productive to be relevant.  This is my new mantra in life. Maybe you need to use it too? After all, there seems to be a societal standard in which we all must account for what...
Whether you're religious, spiritual, or other - I think we all feel it. Change is looming. The air seems fresher, the grass is greener, and both my body and mind feel the fog lifting. We're all butterflies waiting to...

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(Madison, WI): Even before the pandemic, my family loved doing staycations in the winter. A staycation is a fun way to feel like you...