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Happy Camper

Happy Camper

By Heather Keenan Ah, the great outdoors. It’s so wonderful to hear the birds chirp, smell the flowers, and watch the trees sway. Until nighttime, that is. I think nature is amazing, however, I do not want to sleep in it. That being said, you can imagine my...
As the Car Line Turns

As the Car Line Turns

By Heather Keenan Imagine a traffic jam. Think about how irritable people are when they are trapped inside their vehicles. Now think about how mad they are when said vehicle is trapped in a four lane line of endless cars. Go ahead and add the stress of their children...
Great Wolf / Bad Wolf

Great Wolf / Bad Wolf

By Heather Keenan There is nothing in this world that I would not do for my kids. I love them to the moon and back and enjoy nothing more than to see them happy. So, there I was, last week, standing in a bathing suit (which let’s face it, is basically like...
To Tell the Truth

To Tell the Truth

By Kelly Hines In linguistics, code-switching is the practice of shifting your language to adapt to your surroundings. So, a English/Spanish bilingual person may switch from English to Spanish around family or friends or even in businesses where Spanish is spoken....
Mini Me!

Mini Me!

By Heather Keenan Windows down, music cranked, rolling out. There I go, cruising around town, feeling good. Only wrinkle? I am definitely rocking a minivan. I think all of us have a love/hate relationship with our minis. There are pros to driving these mom mobiles,...
Pray for Me

Pray for Me

By Kelly Hines Every morning, my husband goes upstairs with his cup of coffee and sits in his special chair. He rubs a little essential oil on his wrists, and inhales it deeply. He puts on his headphones and listens to the gentle sounds of a rainforest, interspersed...
My Virtual Black Cloud

My Virtual Black Cloud

By Katie Moosbrugger A couple months ago I watched an episode of one of my favorite sitcoms, The Middle. Sadly that show is so relatable to me. I’m not sure why – maybe it’s Patricia Heaton who, no matter what character she plays, I find myself in her shoes time and...
Caboose Kids

Caboose Kids

By Heather Keenan Cheese puffs and a cereal bar. That is what my two year old ate for lunch today, and I consider today a good day. Said two year old is my third child and boy, oh boy, does it show. Never in a million years would my first born have gone days without...
Everyone Has a Story

Everyone Has a Story

By Kelly Hines This is the truest thing I know: Everyone has a story. When I was a little girl, my grandmother would often take me shopping. She was an unapologetic shoplifter, who did it more for sport than necessity. Like most things, it was a fact I didn’t realize...
Eating Our Words

Eating Our Words

By Guest Blogger Stacy Leighton “Everyone is guilty at one time or another of throwing out questions that beg to be ignored, but mothers seem to have a market on the supply. ‘Do you want a spanking or do you want to go to bed?’ ‘Don’t you want to save some of the...
Bake on, Bakers

Bake on, Bakers

By Heather Keenan Today, I would like to publicly applaud those mothers out there that are actually able to let their kids help them cook. I bet some of you even enjoy it! I can not fathom. I have no idea how you do it, and at this point, I don’t want to know,...
I.  Just.  Need.  Milk.

I. Just. Need. Milk.

By Heather Keenan I. Just. Need. Milk. Four words. Here is the thing about those four words, they will send your afternoon into a whirlwind. Think I am being dramatic? Stay with me here. With three kids in the house, milk is a staple. Honestly, I am not 100% sure what...
Average

Average

By Kelly Hines I have a confession to make: My children are average. What’s worse, my husband and I are both average too. Even my dog is average. All together, we’re an amalgamation of mediocrity. I’m okay with that now, mostly, but I wasn’t always. Before I was even...
Hide Not Seek

Hide Not Seek

By Heather Keenan I am a hider. I hide from my kids. Please, don’t get me wrong, I love my three offspring more than I love a nice, cold, frothy White Russian (trust me, that is a lot), but there are times where my low fuel light is on and five minutes of...
Naptime Minefield

Naptime Minefield

By Heather Keenan Let’s set the record straight. Naptime is not just about naps. Yes, our kids need to nap, they need to recharge their little batteries so that they can wake up and make us work for them, I mean, let us love on them, for the remainder of the...
Ridiculous

Ridiculous

By Kelly Hines Five year olds might be the most ridiculous people on the planet. Two year olds try, three year olds give it a go, four year olds come very, very close – but five year olds? Five year olds ROCK ridiculousness. They are just smart enough and...
My Wake Up Call

My Wake Up Call

By Katie Moosbrugger The start of the school this year brought about a big change in our house. A change I’ve been dreading ever since my daughter started Kindergarten six years ago. I knew this day was coming and I couldn’t ignore the looming deadline. I even started...
Miss Manners

Miss Manners

By Kelly Hines I’m a stickler for table manners. I am not like the nuns under whose tutelage my mother-in-law was raised; I don’t rap knuckles with rulers or forbid speaking at the table. But I do insist on the common courtesy, elbows off the table brand of table...
Dr. Google

Dr. Google

By Kelly Hines It’s Sunday morning, and I’m doing the Sunday morning shuffle – tying shoes and brushing hair and zipping dresses and telling my son that no, no you cannot wear a three piece wool suit to church in 95 degree weather, even if you do look really...
I Used To Be Smart

I Used To Be Smart

By Kelly Hines I used to be smart. I mean, I wasn’t going to win any Mensa awards or anything, but I was pretty freaking smart. I used big words, and knew what they meant. I could add two – sometimes even three – digit numbers in my head. I knew what was...