The bedtime routine at our house takes forever. It’s a 45 minute ordeal on a good day. But it’s an atypical routine. There’s no bath time, no changing into pajamas, and only a sporadic brushing of the teeth. It’s...
For those of you that are members of Costco, you already know the greatness that it is filled with! However, if you're like me and have minimal to no experience with Costco, (I had my first visit a few months...
Summer is going by too fast, amiright? I saw a whole rack of backpacks the other day at TJMaxx. BACKPACKS! So I'm here to say hold on, partner, and wrangle summer back from those rapidly creeping Back to School...
It’s been less than 10 years since iPhone changed our country, our culture, our world. Gone are the days of pay phones and Facebook via the desktop. As a member of the generation with my childhood riding in cars without movie entertainment and my...

My One Word – “Pursue”

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{{Our team was inspired by one of our fellow contributor’s posts, “No More New Year’s Resolutions – Just Choose One Word”, so we decided to share our selected words and the reasoning behind them in a series called “My...
I love assembling Easter baskets. It's been a family tradition since the girls were babies. Holiday traditions naturally evolve as the years pass. My girls are teens now, and this is the third Easter that we’ve had non-bunny-believers, a fact that...
We sat across from one another sipping our coffee. She was traveling back to her college campus and had asked if we could meet. I jumped at the chance to hear about how her life was going. We talked for hours....
Over the past 20 years of married life, I've owned more coffee pots than you can count. From traditional Mr. Coffee pots, expensive Ninja Coffee Bar gizmos, a few French Press makers, a Keurig, and my latest coffee obsession...
​ Do you obsess about milestones and when your child should be doing something? As a mom of two teens, I’d like to offer this advice to moms of littles. Stop. Stop worrying. Don’t compare your own child's “firsts” to your friends’...

Time for “THAT” Talk

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Hearing the horrific first-hand accounts at Orlando's two heart breaking shooting incidents, have caused me to ask myself would my teenagers (even myself) know what to do. No matter who you are and where you live, there are going to...
I've been harboring a Pokémon trainer in my house for a few years now. He binge watches the shows and movies on Netflix, meticulously organizes his card collection in plastic sleeves, and has the outfit to go Pokémon hunting...

Making Mom Friends

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I lived the first 34 years of my life in New Orleans, where my parents and their parents and their parents (and so on) lived their entire lives. I had no intention whatsoever of living anywhere else until I...
Many teenagers experiment with alcohol or other drugs. While it may be common, teen drug abuse poses serious health risks, including drug addiction (also called substance use disorder). As a parent, you can take several steps to protect your child from substance abuse. Here...
As my 8th grade daughter and I hastily made our way from one school night activity to another, she announces from the passenger seat that her boyfriend just broke up with her. In a text. So I did what any...
​There are so many amazing destinations from Florida's coast to coast that it would be impossible to list them all! This year I decided that as a family we would make a bucket list of local destinations to explore...

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Family Friendly Restaurants: Central Florida

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In my house, eating is kind of a big deal. We frequent some favorite family-friendly restaurants around Central Florida and I reached out to...