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Picture this for a second… You’re picking your child up from school or daycare, and you hear that the class celebrated a birthday that day. The birthday girl’s mom brought cupcakes, and everyone had one after lunch. Well—everyone except your child. Your child...

She Will Be Worth It

We all have one. A moment from our past we wish we could return to. Not to necessarily re-live it, but to give our younger selves a message…. a word of encouragement, advice or to share some of the...

We Need to Talk

A few months ago, I attended a small regional conference here in Madison for the first time, and was not at all surprised to find I was one of very few people of color present, as I often am....
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...

Just The One

"Just the one." And there it is… the “look” that always paints a fellow moms face as I respond to her asking how many children I have. An awkward silence trails my response as we try to find a...

When Parenting is Boring

A few weeks ago, my husband sent me a link to a parenting article that openly used the B word in reference to parenting. Boring. He was elated. It turned out there was someone else in the world who shared his...
Winter is the perfect time to cozy up with a good book. I have rounded up 12 books that celebrate diversity that you can share with your family. Let me know in the comments of any favorites you have! Not...

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...

This Part is Just Hard

I had almost forgotten what it's like to have a newborn. Even with all the joy and love a new baby brings, this part is hard. So hard. It's the kind of hard that brings you to tears of...
Well, it’s official: the holidays are over. All that’s left, for a lot of us, is an alarming number of new toys (...donation time!) and about eleventy-zillion photos. The other day, I was looking through all the pictures I took—kids in...
Dear Sweet Baby Girls, You ARE a dream come true. (Please never forget that). And I will always love you with every ounce of my being. I will always remember how desperately I yearned to bring you into this world....
Moments. As mothers, our days are filled with moments. Good moments. Exhausting moments. Never-ending moments. Unforgettable moments. Boring moments. Frustrating moments. Heart-warming moments. Challenging moments. Sweet moments. Rushed moments. Life-changing moments. Hard moments. And the thing about all of these "moments," is...

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Fall Traditions on Our Farm: Meet the Ripps – a Farm...

Meet the Ripps: a farm family from Dane, WI growing crops and raising cattle. With fall harvest taking place all over Wisconsin right now,...