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Hey Moms, Let’s Stop the Shaming

One of the things that surprised me the most about becoming a mother was how many people have opinions—and aren’t afraid to share them!—on how we choose to raise our kids. Women are seemingly more susceptible to the spectrum of scrutiny (I touched upon this in my May Mission letter), but I was slightly blindsided by how criticism and judgement increased when I became a mom. From the names we

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BISSELL Through The Holidays

During the holidays, my house becomes a little bit chaotic. There are gingerbread houses being built on the table, cookies in the oven, kids crafts happening after school, and wrapping paper sprawling across every surface. It’s a lot to handle. What I don’t need to handle? The aftermath of holiday activities spilling all over the rug. I love my kids, but they can be like little cyclones going from room

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Holiday Gifting for the Busy Mama

  During the holidays, I refer to my home as the “house of chaos.” Whether the kids are decorating a gingerbread house or looking to curl up on the couch for a cozy read, don’t mistake these holiday pastimes for moments of creativity and calm. Somehow, holiday mayhem prevails. Messes are made, books go missing, sprinkles get spilled on the floor. Any mamas out there feel me? As a mother

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Simple’s Transition to Solids by Nicole Tubiola

Hey Guys! Here’s Part Two of my dear friend Nicole Tubiola’s Guest Blog. We met during our WILDFIRE days, and she came to my rescue to help me transition Odette into the solid food phase. Nicole runs a company called Simple that prepares baby meals for busy mamas in their homes and leaves these meals in their freezers.  She created this amazing video with instructions below on how to cook and

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Odette’s Milestones and The Simple Schedule

In the last 5 years there have been such a parade of emotional moments on this parenting roller coaster.  My first born started kindergarten this year and my second is now riding a bike!   And Odette, not to be overshadowed by her big brothers, is trucking along fast and furiously on the trail paved before her.   She was just a sweet, cozy, immobile little being, then she smiled and

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Life Plus Three

All moms are unique and all moms fall into motherhood in their own way. For me it was a very thought out and planned decision; one that I took (and take) very seriously. I try and parent with as much thought and heart as I can dole out.  But because I am a parent to more than one child, it often means that I have to spread my love among

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A Letter to My Kids by Jared Padalecki

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Around Father’s Day, Jared wrote a letter to our children. It’s one of the most beautiful and special letters I have read, so I just had to share. The kids may be a little too young to fully appreciate it, but one day I hope they read this and know what a great dad they have. When it comes to being a father, Jared has found his calling.

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#MomHacks: Mason Jar Smoothies

One of my favorite morning rituals is making mason jar smoothies with my boys (Odette is still purely on a diet of breastmilk). Tom and Shep love to pick fruits and vegetables from our garden and create healthy, feel-good drinks that taste great (with a little help, of course).

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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen

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There are a ton of parenting books out there, but one of my favorites (and one I am reading now) has to be How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, the “parenting bible” from Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. The book covers so many topics, like how to cope with kids’ negative feelings and how to resolve family conflicts peacefully. The book was written over 30 years ago, but the advice is as relevant as ever.

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