The Great Nature Photography Project for You and Your Kids

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There’s VOCATION and AVOCATION and it’s important to know the difference. A Vocation  is an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which he or she is suited, trained, or qualified. An Avocation is an activity that one engages in as a hobby outside one’s main occupation. Many years ago, I went to college bound and […]

My Kid Meets Campbell’s Wisest Kid

If you’ve been watching TV lately, you might have seen a kid that Campbell’s has “discovered.” It’s an 8 year old boy dubbed the Wisest Kid in the Whole World. He’s not just 8, he’s eternally 8. Now, my son is only 6 and he’s pretty darn smart but I can tell you at 6, he’s nowhere near […]

Using the computer for MORE than Minecraft

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So was that title total link bait? Maybe. Because I’m not going to talk about Minecraft. I’m going to talk about things other than Minecraft. Because if you’re a mom like me, to a little boy like Evan, you totally need a break from talking about that game. And trust me, I feel your pain. If your family is […]

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Disney’s PLANES!

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There’s a new movie out this weekend and in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, or maybe you just don’t have kids, it’s Disney’s PLANES. Let me explain this difficult concept: It’s just like Disney’s CARS but with PLANES. Quick synopsis of the story: Dusty Crophopper is a little cropduster plane that has dreams […]

The Irony of Summer Vacation

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My son is spoiled. Or rather undisciplined. Whichever one makes me sound like the better parent, pick that one. I actually base a lot of my parenting on my own childhood. I don’t mean the way that I was parented, although I’m sure I have some traits that resemble my own parents and their style (hello, yelling). […]

A Boy, His Office, and a Laptop

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Does a 6 year old need a laptop? That was the question I posed on my Facebook page about two weeks ago. And it wasn’t so much need because we all know a 6 year old doesn’t need anything of the sort. It was more like, is it totally cuckoo to consider getting a laptop for […]

Get OUTSIDE With Your Kids

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I’m sure I’ve confessed this here before but as much as I love beauty and fashion, I’m really a nature girl at heart. I mean, sure, I’ll put on lip gloss to head outside but I’ll also put on good hiking shoes and the right gear for the occasion. I started college as a potential […]

The Difference A Year Makes

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I’d love to write a really sappy post about how my baby is growing up. About how quickly time passes and how it’s important to cherish every moment you have. I’ve love to, but I won’t. Because in theory, that’s all true. But it’s not exactly how I’m feeling. I’m actually feeling an incredible sense […]

The Push and Pull of Motherhood

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It’s okay. You can go play with the others. Mommy’s right here. These are the words I would frequently say to my then toddler, Evan. He was a bright, very verbal, somewhat precocious child. He was shy, but not in the traditional sense. He wouldn’t hide behind my legs. He would simply cling to me […]

One Wish for More Wishes

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Way, way, way back when, I had a dream to travel the world. I planned to start in Jamaica and bask in the blue skies and green, green grass and then travel wherever the world took me. I dreamed of Japan and Morocco and a dusty little Mexican village where I could write my novel. […]

Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Created in My Own Image

Now I know why people loved Stream of Consciousness Sunday. I get so caught up in programs and sponsored posts and reviews and work that sometimes I want to just write. And sometimes, the words just don’t come. With Jana’s SOC Sunday, I get a quick prompt and 5 minutes to just type whatever comes out […]