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7 Things I Believe About Life, Love, and Parenting
By Lori -- 1. I believe that there is no such thing as luck. Thomas
Jefferson said, “I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” I
love this quote! Yes, some people do seem to have some good fortune … However, if
it is meant to be and you are p...
By Lori -- 1. I believe that there is no such thing as luck. Thomas Jefferson said, “I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” I love this quote! Yes, some people do seem to have some good fortune … However...
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The Joys of Simple Vacations
By Rachael -- Full darkness had set in as my husband and I stuffed wet camping gear into the back of our Subaru. We knew it could be worse. We arrived at the state park with our daughters earlier that afternoon and set up our campsite. Then our site flooded...
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Back to the Future: Six Flags with Different Eyes
By Joshua -- When I was an adolescent, my parents got us season passes to Six Flags in St. Louis , Missouri. In those days we went early and often; during one unusual summer I personally made fourteen different trips with various family members and friends....
By Joshua -- When I was an adolescent, my parents got us season passes to Six Flags in St. Louis, Missouri. In those days we went early and often; during one unusual summer I personally made fourteen different trips with vari...
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8 Ways to Save Cash this Fall
Sliced apples with peanut butter are a tasty and healthy snack that's affordable during the fall months! By Lori -- Back-to-school time can be expensive, especially with the fun-but-costly Christmas season piggybacking that hectic time of the year. If you a...
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Gender Equality: We've Made it So Far … But Not Far Enough
By  Heather C. – I posted a picture online of my youngest daughter covered in mud splatter, clothes drenched and smiling big after playing in a giant rain puddle. As she and her two sisters played in the rain puddle for a full hour, laughing, running, jumpi...
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Family Trip Tuesday: Spring Mill State Park
View all the posts in our Family Trip Tuesday series at this link . By Rachael – Every
summer for several years now, my family has converged on Turkey Run State Park in western Indiana to have a reunion. Some of us camp and some stay in the
park’s inn. Whil...
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3 Reasons Why You Should Read Aloud to Your Children
By Lori -- I’ve always liked to read books. From my younger days of hoarding
Sweet Valley High Twins and Baby-Sitters Club books through my R.L. Stine
stage to my Jodi Picoult obsession, reading is a pastime I’ve loved for as long
as I can remember. There’s...
By Lori -- I’ve always liked to read books. From my younger days of hoarding Sweet Valley High Twins and Baby-Sitters Club books through my R.L. Stine stage to my Jodi Picoult obsession, reading is a pastime I’ve loved for...
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Family Trip Tuesday: The Muny Theatre in St. Louis
  View all the posts in our Family Trip Tuesday series at this link .  By Rachael If you want a unique live theatre experience, there is nothing like sitting in a huge outdoor theatre with nearly 11,000 other people. At The Muny in St. Louis, the venue itse...
  View all the posts in our Family Trip Tuesday series at this link.  By Rachael If you want a unique live theatre experience, there is nothing like sitting in a huge outdoor theatre with nearly 11,000 other people. At The...
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Milestones: When the "Baby" of the Family Starts Kindergarten
By Elizabeth -- My youngest son starts Kindergarten in a few days. I've been a "mostly stay-at-home mom" since my eldest was born almost 8 years ago; for the first time in nearly a decade, I will have whole weekdays to myself. To say my feelings about this ...
By Elizabeth -- My youngest son starts Kindergarten in a few days. I've been a "mostly stay-at-home mom" since my eldest was born almost 8 years ago; for the first time in nearly a decade, I will have whole weekdays to mysel...
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Back to School: 6 Steps to a Smart Start
By Lori -- After the fun-filled days of summer, it isn't always easy to put away the beach
chairs and sprinklers. Take a look at these six ways to prepare for preschool or transition smoothly to elementary school. Help children fit in. Photo via flickr.com ...
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Six Ways to Preserve Summer Vacation Memories
By Lori -- Your fun summer vacation may be right around the corner ... and if you don't act quickly, those memories may fade away with
the hustle and bustle of life. The memories from those precious vacations can
last if you take some time to keep them aliv...
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Adjusting Expectations as a Special Needs Parent
photo by  Michelle Evans photography By Sarah -- There it sits in my son’s room: a special chair. Not a wheelchair exactly, but one that will
hold his hypotonic (low muscle tone) body in place as we go for a stroll or work
on feeding. I’ve been waiting for ...
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