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How to Through A Larger Than Life Small Wedding on a Budget

This one is as simple as crowdfunding your honeymoon. It might sound strange at first, but do you really need another blender or set of dinner plates? Instead of having your guests purchase a bunch of things you’ll end up trying to return anyway, why not let them chip in for…

Tips to Spring Clean Your Home

With Spring arriving it is time to start Spring Cleaning your house.…

How Due Date Calculators Can Change Your Pregnancy for the Better

Learning that you are pregnant can be one of the most joyous occasions in a woman’s life. As many of us know pregnancy can happen spontaneously or after much trying.  Regardless of how a woman becomes pregnant, it is vitally important for her to know when she…

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The Little Things

Posted on November 8, 2009 at 8:47pm 0 Comments

Each night I begin my children's goodnight routine by asking "What are you thankful for?"

They always come up with an answer, and the simplicity of those answers reminds me how much it really is the little things that matter most.

Luke usually has the same answer: "Popcorn." This isn't a totally random response -- Luke loves popcorn.

Ashley is more thoughtful -- or at least more diverse -- in her replies.

Sometimes it's the type of things you'd… Continue

Skippng The Fast Forward Button

Posted on November 7, 2009 at 11:51pm 0 Comments

"Can you get rid of the commercials?" Ashley asks the second a commercial interupts Scooby Doo.

Because Ashley is often watching a cartoon that has been recorded on the DVR, it is usually possible to get rid of the commercials. But I have to admit I often have mixed feelings when she makes this request.

On the one hand, I'm not eager for her to be exposed to rampant commercialism. And I've seen far too often how a commercial can instantly create a desire for some toy that… Continue

Growing Human Potential

Posted on November 6, 2009 at 11:30am 0 Comments

I recently heard parenting defined as the art of growing human potential.

I think it’s a beautiful definition.

And it’s pretty intimidating. In the midst of a two-year-old exploring his growing independence, a feisty and precocious five-year-old, and all the demands of daily life, I’m not sure I’m up to growing human potential.

But whether I feel ready or not, that is the job we parents have. When we do it well, we help our children learn both boundaries and a… Continue

An Evening Of Beauty

Posted on November 3, 2009 at 11:22pm 0 Comments

I got invited to have an evening of beauty tonight -- well actually, it was a few moments of beauty, but it was still a treat of sorts.

I went upstairs before starting dinner to check on Ashley. She invited me to sit on her bed, telling me "I'll make you beautiful, Mommy."

I pushed aside my mental to-do list and sat down -- after all, it's pretty hard to resist the promise that someone will make you beautiful after a long day at work.

So we sat on her bed and… Continue

Finding Gratitude

Posted on November 1, 2009 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

The kids and I stopped at a local diner for lunch yesterday. Midway through our meal, a group of older women sat in the booth behind us.

Soon after they sat down, one said, “It’s so noisy in here. Everywhere we go it’s always so noisy.”

Another replied, “Well, thank God. At least we can still hear.”

I couldn’t help but think how that is the fundamental choice that all of us have – to complain about the noise, or to be thankful that we can hear it. That’s… Continue

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At 8:23am on July 10, 2013, Lea said…

Work At Home Mom, WAHM, Mom Blogger

I am stopping by to say "hello" :)
I haven't been here in a while.
I welcome your friendship :)

Lea @ Mother Baby Child & Weight Loss Help

At 3:33pm on January 19, 2009, Annette Piper said…
G'day Tonya and welcome aboard :)

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