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Creating a Vision Board for Kids: Inspiration and Creativity

Creating a Vision Board for Kids: Inspiration and Creativity

A new year is upon us and I welcome 2017 with open arms. This year, finding ways to really inspire my kids is what I’m…

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Motherhood: When You No Longer Care What People Think

Motherhood: When You No Longer Care What People Think

It’s good to care what people think. It helps to keep you in check. But caring too much isn’t good. It holds you back from being…

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The BIG 4-0: How to Surprise Your Husband with 40 Gifts on his 40th

The BIG 4-0: How to Surprise Your Husband with 40 Gifts on his 40th

Although my husband turns 41 today, he still talks about what I did for his birthday last year. He was really impressed. If you want…

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The Santa Myth: A Beautiful Way to Respond When Your Child Discovers the Truth

The Santa Myth: A Beautiful Way to Respond When Your Child Discovers the Truth

As of right now, my oldest who is 8 stills believes in Santa. I can only imagine this belief is short-lived. He’s a bright boy…

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Why We Started Holding Family Meetings & Reasons They May Benefit You Too

Why We Started Holding Family Meetings & Reasons They May Benefit You Too

I like to think that I always have things in order and under control in the household, but I know I don’t. It’s difficult to…

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25 Acts of Kindness for Kids Throughout the Holidays

25 Acts of Kindness for Kids Throughout the Holidays

Imagine if everyone was kind to one another every day. What a better world it would be.  Being kind to others doesn’t take extraordinary effort….

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Gratitude: The Best Gift You Can Give Your Children This Holiday Season

Gratitude: The Best Gift You Can Give Your Children This Holiday Season

{My article below appeared in the November/December 2016 issue of South Jersey MOM. You can find it on page 8 of the magazine.} The holiday…

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Kids and Shopping: The Toy Dilemma

Kids and Shopping: The Toy Dilemma

If your kids are constantly asking you to buy them things when you take them to the store, you’re in good company. You may even…

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“Be the Mom You Want Them to Remember”

“Be the Mom You Want Them to Remember”

When I stumble on a rough parenting day (or days), I like to read, whether it’s a book, random quotes, or personal stories.  It helps…

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6 Ways Kids Can Make Money This Season

6 Ways Kids Can Make Money This Season

Since my oldest was 5, he’s been asking what he can do to make money around the house. Now that he’s 8, he understands the value of…

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Sharing is Caring: Why Volunteering is Good for the Soul

Sharing is Caring: Why Volunteering is Good for the Soul

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” ~Oscar Wilde Volunteering is something that my family has been doing regularly. The…

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Motherhood: 10 Ways to Survive Challenging Days

Motherhood: 10 Ways to Survive Challenging Days

Motherhood is a gift, but sometimes it’s hard.  There may be days when it feels like nothing is going right and everything just seem so chaotic….

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Would You Ever Deny Your Child Your Hand?

Would You Ever Deny Your Child Your Hand?

Last week, I heard a song on the radio that I hadn’t heard in a long time, “Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin. For…

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Thank you, mommy.

Thank you, mommy.

Brushing your teeth while helping your youngest get dressed, cooking dinner while you’re separating the mail, checking off your grocery list while ensuring your 5-year-old…

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Unconnect to REconnect

Unconnect to REconnect

“Do it again, mommy. Do another pencil dive with me,” says my 8-year-old, waiting at the edge of the pool. “I don’t want to stop…

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The Making of a Mom

The Making of a Mom

As I sit alone in Starbucks with a macchiato, it’s quiet. It’s unfamiliar and honestly a bit uncomfortable. I’m used to noise, a lot of…

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