Thankful for this mess

March 19, 2015
If I have a mess in my house, it means I have everything I've ever wanted. And that is something to be thankful for. |

I walked into the kids’ bathroom today and as the light streamed in, the mirror looked like this. I saw globs of toothpaste in the sink, trash on the floor, and the rug crumpled against the bathtub. My first reaction was to sigh in annoyance. So I was surprised when I caught myself sighing in gratitude. I started […]

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Not an endorsement? (Updated)

March 15, 2015
Kraft Singles and Kids Eat Right - A horrible decision

Last week, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics announced a partnership between Kraft and Kids Eat Right. Specifically that the Kids Eat Right logo will now appear on packages of Kraft American Singles. The Academy has fully denied that this is an endorsement of a product, even though Kraft told The New York Times that it […]

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Thankfulness Lately

March 12, 2015
Thankfulness Lately |

This morning we dug our hands into the soil, pulling beets and carrots from their hiding places, clipping rainbow chard and kale from overgrown stalks. Arriving home, I threw everything in the sink and started my least favorite part of gardening, the washing and drying and trimming and trying-not-to-get-too-much-dirt-on-the-floor part. As I ran cold water over the […]

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We’re Not So Different After All

March 9, 2015
"We're Not So Different After All", is a playful story of acceptance and understanding featuring Maggie Hope, a little girl with special needs. (Donate to the Kickstarter campaign!)

Lately our family has been sporting these awesome red glasses. Even Hobbs is getting in on the action. Let me tell you why. We wear red glasses to support Maggie Hope. Maggie Hope was born with a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 8 Mosaicism. You can learn more about her condition below, but here is what our […]

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Why a Celiac Should Always Ask

March 4, 2015
Why a Celiac Should Always Ask Questions to Keep Safe at Restaurants

I have celiac disease. That means I have to ask a bunch of annoying questions every time I go out to eat to make sure my meal is prepared safely. One small crumb of gluten can knock me out for a month. I’ve been gluten-free for almost four years now. I know what restaurants around me are […]

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Follow me…or don’t.

March 2, 2015
When we compare ourselves to others, we miss out on what we were made for. |

I realized something icky about myself the other day. Far too often I measure my self-worth by a number on a screen. It hit me that no matter how many followers I have, no matter how much traffic my blog gets, no matter what circles I nudge my way into, I will never feel like […]

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What I’m Reading – February

March 1, 2015
What I'm Reading Now - February

To keep on track with my goal to read 50 books this year, I started a monthly posting series titled “What I’m Reading.” As I share what I’ve been keeping on my nightstand, I would love to hear what you’ve been digging into as well. Scroll down to the bottom and leave a comment. What have you […]

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Keeping journals: 5 ways your kids can start now

February 26, 2015
5 fun ways for kids to start journaling |

This year, we started homeschooling our kids, mostly as a way of sticking together as a family. Because of my husband’s job as a professional baseball coach, we move a few times a year. As we began our homeschool journey, I decided pretty quickly that I didn’t want to have a million pieces of paper […]

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How to get the most out of your library card

February 23, 2015
How to get the most out of your library card |

Nerd alert! I’m about to tell you how to get the most out of your library card. I love the library. Loooooooove. And not just because I love to read (which I do). A library card opens up this whole world of new experiences. Books (obviously), movies, kids programming, community events, e-books, and more. Plus, […]

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Goals – An Update

February 17, 2015
Goals - An Update |

We’re halfway through February, so I thought it would be a good time to see how I’m doing on my 2015 goals. I would love to hear how you’re doing with yours too. Any goal worth working towards requires periodic reevaluation. What am I doing well? What am I completely avoiding? Where can I improve? […]

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