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Worth the Risk

This morning as I got up before the early dawn light and before the rest of the family was stirring, all I could think about was the next bold step we are taking in life.  My head and body buzzed with excitement thinking about where our new path will lead us and what we will…

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The Heart of It.

While playing violin for a live Nutcracker production a few weeks ago, I was struck by something a friend said during one of our breaks.  She commented how she saw my pictures on Facebook and how perfect my family seems to be all the time.  When I thanked her and responded that while my family…

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Sugar Addiction

What To Do After Gorging Out On Candy

  It begins innocently enough, but then just a piece, or two or three of  candy turns into the entire bag!  At some point your kids faces are smeared with chocolate and their tongues look like a smudgy rainbow.  You raid your kids candy while they are at school or even hit the after holiday sale…

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21 Things I Learned About Kids Through Teaching Violin Lessons

  When I first started teaching violin lessons, I never imagined it would make me a better parent. What I learned blew me away at first, but now it feels like home. While people continue to debate nature verses nurture, the kids have taught me that it’s all about the parent. The impact a parent’s personality,…

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Under Pressure – Rethinking Our Daily Lives

I remember sitting there, half drowsy from the 5am alarm clock rising and half in disbelief that she could be so rude.  Did she really just whip her brown ponytail around and say, “It’s all in your head, you know.”  I gazed over the bus seats to see if anyone else heard her.  Really, how…

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Mental Health

Why Mental Health Begins in the Gut

It saddens me to say that according to the CDC 1 out of every 5 kids in America experiences a mental disorder.  This not only includes behavior, mood and anxiety disorders, but also attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders,  etc As mental health issues are sharply rising in kids, we must ask ourselves this…Are kids…

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How Time at a Youth Correctional Center Inspired My Parenting

Growing up I was surrounded by “bad” kids.  Kids who stole, drank,  did drugs and got into fights. I spent countless hours with kids that most parents would shun their kids from spending time with.  Kids who society labeled as “Bad”. But I didn’t see it that way. I saw real people.  I saw broken…

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Why Peanut Butter No Bake Oatmeal Bites Actually Rob Your Energy

Peanut butter no bake energy bites.  Sounds simple and good, but when one of the hottest recipes for moms with young kids gets shared around the internet I start to cringe.  Not because peanut butter no bake energy bites don’t taste good, but because they do the opposite of what people are claiming. No bake oatmeal recipes get applauded for being…

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Gratitude Jar

The Unexpected Gift in the Gratitude Jar

A few years ago our family started a gratitude jar for the month of November.  It started simple with just an empty large Mason jar and a few slips of paper, but the impact the gratitude jar has had on our family over the years has been profound and bigger then I ever expected. When…

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Easy Halloween recipes for kids

Easy Halloween Recipes for Kids (and adults!)

      One of my favorite parts of Halloween is the food!!!  I love making the table look cute (and not scary) and with these easy Halloween food ideas, you and your kids can have a blast getting the table adorable.           Here are my favorite easy Halloween recipes for kids…

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