Monthly Archives: December 2019

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions Your Teens Should Make

It’s that time of year when we all start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. For most of us adults, we look at the year ahead as one filled with hope and possibility, which is probably why so many of us feel the desire to make the kinds of resolutions that focus on improving ourselves as the year begins. But what ...

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I’m Glad The Holidays Are Over

I love the holidays. October through December is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather and shorter days. Attending harvest festivals, exchanging sentiments of thankfulness, and wrapping presents for everyone I know is totally right up my alley. I love seeing everyone’s smiling, pajama-clad photos around the Christmas tree on Facebook, too. I even posted one ...

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A Quilt Like My Marriage

I started making a quilt for our king-sized bed two years ago. I made it extra large. My husband and I wrestled over the blankets in our sleep, and one of us usually woke up uncovered and cold. I researched the dimensions, bought the batting and started sewing. I used a quilt top that I had sewn together when we ...

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What Every Parent Needs to Know About Cutting

When we were kids, and our parents had to worry about their tweens and teens “cutting,” we were talking about skipping classes! While playing hooky is still a problem, what “cutting” refers to today, can be a far more serious problem. Cutting is where a troubled child will take to cut their flesh – usually of the arms and legs ...

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When Is Your Child Really Too Sick to Go to School?

“Mom, my belly hurts…” Every mom has heard this whiny lament, and usually just before bedtime on a Sunday night, or upon waking up the morning of that big math test that your kid didn’t study for! Even if your kid isn’t faking it, a mild cold or sore throat that is “killing” them, doesn’t necessarily mean they cannot get ...

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This is Christmas

Two of my mom friends and their kids came over tonight to decorate Christmas cookies and make crafts. Between the three of us, we have eight kids and a baby. Boys and girls ran up and down the hallway, a toddler crawled on the dining table, and a baby slept in the master bedroom throughout it all. The moms sampled ...

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Pet Care #1: Do Rabbits Make Good Pets?

Growing up, I recall my Grandmother urging me to eat my carrots.  “Have you ever seen a rabbit with glasses?” she’d ask. The sight of Bugs Bunny chewing on a carrot is one of the best-known and beloved images in American cartoon history. But it turns out carrots aren’t good for rabbits – and in fact, many won’t eat them. ...

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Pet Care Series #2: Are Ferrets Safe and Friendly?

Would you like to own a ferret?  Only about 500,000 Americans currently do, and that’s down from about 725,000 seven years ago, according to available statistics. Compare that to some 35 million cat owners or 48 million dog owners, and even 2-3 million pet rabbit owners.  Clearly, ferrets aren’t for everybody. Apparently, their reputation has taken a hit of late… ...

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Holidays and Women Just Can’t Get Along

Holidays are here again, and the world is so elated…or so it seems. Everyone falls in line with a certain frenzy that includes a jolly spirit that becomes even more excited as it spends money on things people don’t need. It’s all just a ploy to satisfy a person’s need to feel important and celebrated by others…but that’s another topic ...

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Oh, Christmas Lights

My mom’s friend is having surgery tomorrow, so I volunteered to host a slumber party. For an evening activity, I loaded up my three kids and her three kids into my SUV. Before each child climbed into the car, they were issued a homemade snack bag consisting of pretzels, Teddy Grahams, chocolate chips, and a mini candy cane, plus their ...

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