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Over 23 years ago I made a decision that I did not know would impact me as long as it did. I unexpectedly got pregnant with our first child when I was barely out of school. I was a...
This past spring life changed for everyone - we were told to stay home 24/7 and work while teaching our kids. It was an exhausting and trying time for all of us... attempting to learn new tasks on the...
Our first born turned five last week. Pre COVID-19, we had big plans to take the family to Disney World to celebrate. We've never been to the magical place and wanted to go since our daughter had learned that...
I’m going to start this post with a very clear disclaimer: My family believes in public schooling. We think that it’s a vital part of each city and also an integral step towards equal opportunities for all citizens. It’s...
There’s a lot of judgment going on right now. Many are dividing. Have we forgotten that we are all in this together? Whatever side you are on, we have completely forgotten about loving our neighbor. How do we get to place where a...
This summer has been the best yet. It's been the kind of summer that I want to revel in forever. The kind that someday I will look back on with great fondness. This morning I glanced at my kids...
I’m not always what I would call a good parent - even in normal circumstances. After all, I’m a human being, not a robot. I have faults, plenty of them. I yell too much, I am too hard on my...

Moms Have Phases Too

When my husband and I had our first baby, we had a lot of those “this is our life now” moments. Middle of the night diaper blow-outs, inexplicable crying episodes (with a 400-item checklist of potential reasons), a house suddenly...
My husband and I both work full time from our (tiny-- OMG WHY DID WE BUY SUCH A TINY HOUSE AND THEN FILL IT TO THE BRIM WITH CHILDREN) house with four (soon to be FIVE) children. And, this...

The Benefits of Boredom

"Mom, I'm bored." "There's nothing to do." "I don't know what to do." What do you do or say when you hear this? Especially these days? I'm a firm believer in letting (my) kids be bored. Hang out in that boredom and...
Since March, our lives have been all consuming with the global pandemic. While there might not be a vaccine for the coronavirus yet, there are still many other vaccines for existing diseases that are still necessary. I feel strongly...
In March of 2020, I had three part-time jobs while my kiddos were at school. I taught yoga a few times a week, I worked at Fleet Feet, a running shoe store near my house, and I worked in...

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Be Active Wisconsin | Community Challenge in March 2021

It’s been a year. An entire year since the pandemic kicked off in the US. It has been devastating, infuriating and life altering but...