Raising A Reader

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.”

-Kate DiCamillo

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The Ease Of Privilege

My plan last night was to keep the TV turned off, twitter shutdown, Facebook off, and make everyone just read a book.

 

Because I wanted to live for a night of sweet and privileged denial.

 

Because I …

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How To Take A Selfie With Your Cat

I love our new kitty. Well she’s not super new as we’ve had her since July. But we love her. Love her like she’s been with us forever. I’ve never adopted an adult cat before, and at four years …

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My Tween

She turns 12 in about a week.

 

And she likes listening to Taylor Swift and wearing Converse.

 

She likes to hang with her friends.

 

And reading mature books.

 

And watching PG-13 movies.

 

Earrings and …

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How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse

Astrid wants to tell you that the worst part about having siblings that are a wee(a lot) older is that you have to worry about the zombie apocalypse. Most five year olds are worrying about whether or not Calliou …

The Countries Of North America

Our kids all attended a different kindergarten. Typically a family just sends their kids down the block to the neighborhood school – and their kids all attend the same school, and many times have the same teacher.

 

We …

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A Clean Home Is A Happy Home

I find it ironic that I’ve chosen to blog each day in November as we are getting our house on the market and moving. We had the offer on our new home accepted on November 1st – and that’s …

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Scenes From Halloween

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Eloise put her costume together about two hours before we headed out for the evening. She wanted to be a Diva Cat(which is better than a Diva Cup- trust me – don’t Google it) – which is basically a …

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On Broadway

I watched Esther in a play today. Her first non-classroom-at-school kind of play. For years I’ve tried to convince her to do theater. She’s a good singer, a great dancer, has a face that lights up a room, and …

Love the family vacations that we can take with the money I earn!

On Being A Mompreneur

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Touchstone Crystal. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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“I never thought I’d stay home with my kids.”

 

I still say this even now, nine years after walking away …

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The Anniversary

My parents celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary today. (STILL today for a just a few more hours..). 38 years you say – some strange math to have an almost 46 year old daughter. But that’s what I like about …

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Stitch Fix WIN!

I know that everyone on the internets now has their own opinions about Stitch Fix. The personal shopping site has made many, many fans but not without some slips along the way. As someone who likes to shop – …