The Case of the One-Way Friendship

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Have you ever been part of a one-way friendship? It’s exhausting, isn’t it? I’m not one of these girls that has a huge circle of friends, so I try to keep the ones I have close. When you’re the one putting all the effort into the friendship though, it can be both draining and upsetting. […]

The Only Child

The other day, my son proved particularly exasperating. I say that as if it was his fault…when in reality, this introverted mama was simply tired of hearing an endless stream of consciousness about stuffed animals, airplanes and Angry Birds. I am tired these days. I’m tired of this weird world situation. I’m mentally exhausted trying […]

My Daughter Just Said her First Goodbye

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I think we all remember the first goodbye in our lives. Some, like my daughter, are lucky enough that their loss is a beloved pet and not a friend or family member. Whatever level of severity, I think that first true goodbye shapes us for the rest of our lives. Thus, I tried hard to […]

The Wonderful World of Breakfast Foods

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Living overseas for most of my life I experienced a variety of breakfast foods. In Germany, they typically serve cereals/muesli, brotchen with meat and cheese, jams and herb cheese spreads, and a boiled egg. In France, you have coffee or juice with a croissant or pastry. In Russia, it’s Blini or rice porridge. In England, […]

The Dreaded Summer Slide

I know we just finished school a week ago, but the thought has crept into my head – the dreaded summer slide. Summer slide is the idea that much of the information kids learn during the school year will be lost over the summer without use. It’s a “fancy” educational term for the old adage […]

Pros and Cons of the New Norm: Working From Home

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My husband is someone who, when an opportunity presents itself, thinks of the positive outcomes of the opportunity and not so much about the potential negative outcomes. Covid-19 gave him the opportunity he has always wanted: to work from home. He assumed he would be able to work normal hours and be able to concentrate […]

I Am Proud of You!

Hey lady! I am proud of you. In case you haven’t heard that today, it’s important that you know that someone is proud of you. Maybe you ran a mile this morning or perhaps you sat on your deck and had coffee. Either way, I’m proud that you looked at your personal needs and took […]

Make It Last Forever

One of my absolute favorite pastimes is walking down memory lane. In fact, just the other day, my husband, whom I met in college, and I were talking about the good ole days on campus and how we sometimes wish we could relive some of those good times. That is why I am so grateful […]

It’s Okay to Hire Help

For years — ever since I became a mom more than 13 years ago — I’ve believed I should be able to do the following:  Keep the house clean Cook three meals and one snack per day Do the grocery shopping Homeschool Get dressed and look decent every day Exercise Eat well Have friends Make […]

Treasure Chest “Un-Reward” System for Kids

I might not be a Mom that bribes her kids often, but I do love to surprise my three kiddos every once in a while! Never have I ever been more thankful for our Treasure Chest, a drawer in my bathroom where I stuff random clearance items for rainy days. Seems like we have had […]

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A Guide to Chattanooga Swimming Holes

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The weather is finally starting to warm up and if you are like my family and me, you enjoy cooling off in the beautiful,...