I love planning birthday parties and I grew up with a "Pinterest Mom" (before there was Pinterest). When our son was 8 months old, I had already picked a theme and ordered decorations for his 1st birthday party. My...
Born and raised in Colorado, I spent my summers hiking in the mountains and my winters playing in the snow. I was in for a bit of a shock when I first visited my potential college in Edmond one...

Alexa, Do the Dishes!

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Alexa, do the dishes!! Oh man! Don’t we all wish that was a thing? I will age myself with this next comment, so you young ones, Google “The Jetsons.” I’m waiting for everything on The Jetsons to become reality!! Push a...
We live on a mostly single income, that is when Davis isn't working part-time. Although my benefits are better than most jobs, my salary is comparable to a teacher's salary, to give you an idea. We have to budget...
My husband is awesome. His love for books belittles screen time, and it makes it really easy for him to instill that in our kids while also encouraging me to do the same. Not to say I don't turn...
Christmas is such a magical time of the year. We spend months looking forward to the lights, the decorations, the cookies, the gifts, the celebrations. No matter how old you are, you can't deny the joy that this season...
Once I became a mom, my attention was focused on ensuring the best life for my daughter. I also want to teach my daughter to be empowered to make a change in her community and to see the value...

I’m Not a LEGO Mom

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Confession: I am not a LEGO Mom. I can't stand those tiny little blocks. There are exactly 100,000 of them in each box, some ranging from the size of a quarter all the way down to the size of...
Do you have a friend who is throwing out everything and has declared that she is now into minimalism? Maybe you're looking at her life from the outside and it all seems too extreme. I think as Americans there's...
I'm a horticulturist and we have lots of plants in our landscape. We're outside a lot. My 4-year-old son loves to help me in the vegetable garden, and both of my kids love to help me check the plants...
When I tell people that I live in the neighborhood I grew up in, and consequently the one my parents still occupy, I'm often met with mixed responses. "Oh, I could never live that close to my parents," some...
Help Me, PBS Kids, You're My Only Hope I'm not what you'd call a helicopter parent. I don't tend to hover or fuss generally. In fact, I joke that sometimes I'm more of a submarine parent. You may not know...

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Character Connection: The Best Birthday Bonus!

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We're a year into the pandemic and, as much as we parents have had to upend our entire lives, our children have had to...