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Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas For Kids

Now matter how you celebrate the holidays, the Advent season is a perfect opportunity to help your family focus on more meaningful aspects of Christmas. Traditionally, Advent begins 4 Sundays before Christmas and symbolizes a season of anticipation waiting for the birth of Jesus (some celebrate beginning December 1st). Advent Calendars One of my favorite […]

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Christmas Events

Santa Sightings in Wichita

A chill is (finally) in the air, jingle bells are ringing, and elves are on shelves. There are several options for you to take your kids to meet with the jolliest man of the season.  Where is Santa? Beginning November 11, during mall hours Towne East, 7700 E. Douglas North Pole Express Substation November 23-December 23 (weekends), […]

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To my oldest child

To My Oldest Child

“Hey Mom, can you just snuggle me first and let Heidi fall asleep by herself tonight? I feel like you never have time for just me,” you pleaded with me the other night, crossing your arms over your chest. There it was, the moment I had been terrified of since I first learned I was […]

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I Gave My Dad A Second Chance

Why I Gave My Dad A Second Chance

Since my youth, my story has been the same. It sounded something like this: “I don’t know my dad. I have a two-for-one mom. She is strong.” There’s nothing wrong with this story…except I was missing something: A dad.  With every breakup there are ideas to consider. Breakups aren’t comfortable, and their stories lack happy […]

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Thanksgiving Recipes

3 Creative Ways To Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Yesterday you were cherishing the company of family, enjoying a turkey dinner with all the fixings and delighting in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. You gave thanks. You feasted. You football-ed. Now it’s less than 24 hours later and your children are complaining that they never want to see another turkey sandwich ever again. Don’t fret when faced […]

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How To Enjoy Being A Stay At Home Mom {When You Just Want to Wash Your Hair}

How To Enjoy Being A Stay At Home Mom {When You Just Want to Wash Your Hair}

Mornings are a struggle at our house. Despite my best intentions, I’m usually rushing around trying to feed my kids breakfast, gulping down coffee, searching for my preschooler’s favorite superhero shirt that he must wear to school (while praying it’s not in the bottom of the laundry pile), extracting my toddler from various small spaces […]

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When You’re Not the Fun Parent

My husband had to work late tonight unexpectedly, and it threw off our entire evening. Mine, because instead of tag-teaming the full sprint that is feeding, bathing, lotioning, teeth-brushing, hair-combing, nursing, story-reading and putting three little ones to bed, I was going it alone. And my kids, because they know at dinner time (earlier if […]

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5 Christmas Traditions to Start This Year

Five Christmas Traditions to Start This Year

Cozy fires, hot chocolate, Christmas lights, gingerbread houses, and *NSYNC Christmas – yes, I love Christmas time! What  I especially love about the season are the traditions my I grew up enjoying with my family. When we had our first son Luke, I decided to begin some Christmas traditions of our own. I wanted to keep some from my […]

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Family Friends

{Family} Friends with Benefits

On our three hour plane ride home from a vacation with two out of the three families in our social circle, I had some time to reflect on how incredibly blessed we were to have all of them in our lives. Growing up, there were three other families that my family spent a lot of time […]

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