creativity, mindful parenting, mom blog, parenting, screen time, summer, Texas

But IS the livin’ really easy?

Summertime. And the livin’ is…repetitive. Even trips to Target aren’t nearly as thrilling as they were a month ago. Going outside at all can be rough here in the Houston area; last weekend the heat index was like 110 degrees. Suffice to say my battle against screen time isn’t going so well. Today as I write I’m “playing school” with…

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Costa Rica, family, family vacation, grateful, houston, humidity, parenting, summer, The Lion King, vacation

how I spent my summer vacation

Obviously I don’t literally mean “vacation” because my children are home. Summer isn’t exactly a vacation, but a break from the school routine which allows some variety in our lives. For example, my children have been arguing on a variety of topics instead of just who showers first. I get to prepare a variety of meals instead of just dinner.…

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birthday, children, coffee break, growing up, mindful parenting, mom blog, moms, motherhood, parenting, parenting tips, stay at home mom, tweens, work at home mom

The Thing About Being a Mom

I don’t know if it was always this way¬†or if this is just a product of modern marketing, but it seems like moms are usually depicted as all being the same. Like we all think the same way and like the same things. Get annoyed by the same things. Want the same things. The exception of course is the Mom…

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Book review, books, education, imaginary friends, mindful parenting, mom blog, parenting, reading, tween

Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure {book review}

As a mom to middle-schooler who is an avid reader, I couldn’t say no when I was offered the chance to review the new book by Brandon Mull, Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure. If you have a middle-schooler in your life, perhaps you already know about¬†Fablehaven. Brandon Mull’s five-book Fablehaven series has been very popular with my daughter and her friends,…

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The whys of the 100th day of school

I get that elementary school is different these days than it was for me back in the 80s, what with the smart boards and chrome books and whatnot. Those are good things. Technology is helping our children learn. Cool. Great. Awesome. But the dressing up and big-to-do’s? Why. WHY? Today was the 100th day of school for my kids. My…

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