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New Year, New You: Nope!!!

I genuinely get excited for the New Year. It feels a bit like a birthday for me. There’s both a sense of relief that I made it through another year with no major health issues or illness, as well...
Raise your hand if you feel overwhelmed at least 75% of the time. Oh wow. That’s everyone. All of us. WE ARE ALL RAISING OUR HANDS. Including me. Heck, especially me these days. I have 5 kids, and my...
From first reaction, to diagnosis, to hitting my stride — What I’ve learned from raising a child with food allergies. Imagine the excitement of going to birthday parties when you’re three, where one of the most exciting parts is the birthday...
I always knew I wanted to breastfeed my children. My mother instilled in me the importance of the special bond between mother and child when I was very young, so there was no question that I would do when...
Birthday parties are just another thing that the pandemic has forced us to reinvent.  In a lot of ways the pandemic has enabled me to revisit some of the things I enjoyed most from my own childhood growing up in...
With every passing year, the kids are becoming less kid-like and more self-sufficient. When they were babies and then toddlers, developments happened seemingly lightning-fast and without much verbal instruction. Our main concern was survival... but seriously. We dropped SO....
There is a theory in family therapy called homeostasis. You may or may not remember it from biology. The definition, according to the dictionary is:  the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological...
My whole family loves sports. I played sports growing up. My spouse played sports growing up. We played in several leagues together before we had kids, and now our kids are playing in sports. I see great value in...
My baby is starting Kindergarten in the fall.  My oldest goes to Kinder this year.  My youngest is almost six.  If you haven't guessed from the article title, I'm talking about the same child in each of those statements. And That, explains...
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...

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Lake Geneva: Winterfest | February 2-6, 2022

(Lake Geneva, WI): Lake Geneva: Winterfest will be held this year from February 2-6. Along with the snow sculpting, the town will be abuzz...