Oct 08 2016

Gift Guide 2016: LeapStart


Disclosure: LeapFrog Provided me with a LeapStart System and some books to facilitate my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. I am thrilled to see that LeapFrog has re-tooled one of their classic learning toys for preschoolers and toddlers. I say it often in this space, but I’ve been at …

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Oct 08 2016

Stressed? Blessed? Or Something in Between?

I have a rare fall Saturday at home today. The coffee is brewing. The girls are mindlessly watching cartoons. The first of many loads of laundry is washing (or the last of the midweek loads are rewashing–don’t judge!) We are having an absolutely picture-perfect fall her in North Dakota this year. The stuff that magazine …

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Aug 21 2016

10 Reasons I am Ready for School to Start


Yes, I am that crazy mom who complains in June that summer is not nearly long enough, and counts down the days to the first day of school in August. I’m a mom, I’m allowed to be fickle! So, here they are, a mom’s list of 10 reasons I am ready for school to start.  …

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Aug 16 2016

Back to School Goals


I’m a goal setter.  I’m not always a goal attainer, but I like to set goals.  And, even though I’ve been at this mom gig for some 20 years, I’m still figuring things out. So I’m going to sit down with the kids this week and have them learn to set some goals for the …

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Aug 13 2016



We just got back from a week of family vacation. So, yes, perhaps the two oldest felt it was a bit of a forced march at times, but family vacation it was.  Our vacation came at the end of a very busy and fragmented summer. Our oldest finished up National Guard training, so his siblings …

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