Author Archive | Ryan

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What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

With my first pregnancy, I was caught off guard when my daughter came two weeks early, which meant—I didn’t have a hospital bag packed. Nothing. Nada. My mom was throwing stuff in the washing machine as we flew out the door. Not this time around! Thanks to my initial blunder and listening to other bloggers’ […]

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The World According to My Nine-Year-Old

I love the mind of a child. They look at things so earnestly and simply. I recently sat down with my 9-year-old daughter and asked her a string of random questions. No prompting or rehearsing. I wanted her candid responses. This was a fun activity that I’d encourage you to do with your kids! Record […]

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5 Must-Read Inspirational Picture Books

In a chaotic world, we can always depend on the purity and simplicity of children’s picture books. They can communicate with children in a special way that, sometimes, no one else can. I love picture books that entertain, but those with meaning and inspiration for a child to absorb have a special place in my […]

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Why I’m Raising A Santa Believer

For kids, believing in Santa Claus is magical; for parents, it’s nostalgic. Santa represents goodness, giving and joy and believing in him just feels…well, good! When I strip all that away, though, and discern why I’m really raising my daughter to believe in things like Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny and the tooth fairy—there’s one […]

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When Your Daughter Won’t Do Dresses

The staple in my 8-year-old daughter’s wardrobe is a graphic tee, accompanied by basketball shorts and tennis shoes, naturally. She doesn’t care for dresses, bows or even wearing her hair down. She has a very distinct vision when it comes to what she feels like is “her.” My vision for her is very different. I […]

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How to Make A Fairy Garden

So what exactly is a fairy garden anyway? Well, it can be anything you want it to be! As long as it’s made from the heart it will lure our little fairy friends. But really… A Fairy Garden is a miniature garden that includes miniature furnitures, doors, signs, fences… and actual living plants.  They’re super […]

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Target Looks I Love For Spring

When people ask, “Love your outfit, where’d you get it?” More than 50% of the time, I respond, “It’s from Target.”  When I shop, I’m looking for something memorable or versatile. My style is classic and feminine, but I also like I like to throw in some quirky stuff, too. Target never fails me!   […]

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