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I am a better mom when I have a 6-hour break from kids every day. Or any break really. I mean, I already knew this about myself because we don't send our kids to daycare, and the moment...
“I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a plenty. I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore. You want thingamabobs? I’ve got twenty. But who cares, no big deal. I want more. I want to be where the people are…” -Jodi Benson, The...
Becoming a mom has been the most incredible adventure of my life; I’m creating memories every day with my family, giving my daughter beautiful childhood experiences - and raising her close to nature. How did I get here? Why did...
A year ago, if you told me I would spend an entire year at home in my pajamas, I would have laughed. I’m not a homebody. I like being out in the community, I like seeing people, and I...

When Your Toddler Won’t Talk

A year ago, my son was about to turn 2 and had never said the word "Mama." Or "Dada." Or "ball." Or "up." Mason was silent and stoic, and we were nervous. Our pediatrician frowned at the communication questionnaires I filled out and recommended speech therapy. I frantically Googled things like "2 year...

Our Year at Home

If someone told me a year ago that we were about to endure an entire year at home with minimal contact with the outside world, I would've thought they were talking about the newest movie about to hit theaters....
Have you seen the internet memes about side parts and skinny jeans? If you haven't, I congratulate you on having avoided this insanity that has descended upon our social media feeds for the last week. If you have, you...
I’ve taught online for over a decade, although all of my online teaching experience has been with college students. I teach in-person, online, and hybrid, sometimes all at the same time. I know what it takes to teach adults...

A Decade* of Picky Eaters

*Okay, that's an exaggeration. They're 10 right now and have only been "picky" for about eight years. But I thought the title was catchier with the truth inflated a little bit, and honestly, it feels like it's been a...
We say it with a hint of sarcasm, but my kids all know that we're serious. Any decisions made over the last year as to what we should or should not do when it comes to to the virus...
One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is SLEEP, and I realized this after years of NOT getting adequate sleep. The absence of precious slumbers made me really appreciate how beneficial rest is to both the...
At my daughter’s dental appointment recently, I was making small talk with the hygienist, and she asked if we were new to the practice.   “Oh no, we’re new to the state. Moved here in August.” “Oh.   Gosh.  What’s that been...

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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...