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Kick Trick or Treating to the Curb – How to Have a Better Kind of Halloween

Tired of the same old Halloween routine? The dreaded costume dilemma… The indecisiveness… Kids, make a choice already! The feelings of inadequacy as you realize you can neither afford or create your child’s dream costume… Ready for something new? A little friendlier? With a dash of history thrown in but with all the same fun? (More, I would argue. :)) Look no further than your local Renaissance Festival!!! Located about an hour south of Central Columbus, in rural Harveysburg, the Ohio Renaissance Festival has been held every fall for close to 3 decades! Over the years…

The Unacceptable Lack of Acceptance That Mothers Aren’t Perfect

We should be worried mamas. The pressure, the constant stress, the emotional and mental burden we carry with us ALL…THE…TIME, it’s taking a toll. This wasn’t the post I planned to publish today. I was going to share with you some things I’ve learned over these past 8 weeks of blogging. But I spent this past weekend reading several articles that expose just how real our situation is becoming. First, this article from Oprah – The New Midlife Crisis – Why (and How) It’s Hitting Gen X Women…

50 Epic Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Spice haters have no fear! You’ll find none of that here. Ā šŸ™‚ What you will find is a round-up of the most epic pumpkin patches in each state! Honorable mention to those highlighted in orange. If there’s one I missed or that you in particular love, shoot me a note! I’d love to include it next year! Alabama – Down on the Farm Pumpkin Patch,Ā Rainesville Highlight – Slide into a giant pile of corn kernels! Alaska – Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm,Ā Palmer Highlight – Alaska’s largest U-pick…

More Than Body Image – 6 Tips For Raising Mentally Strong, Self-Confident Daughters

How Do We Raise Our Daughters to Trust in Their Own Abilities, Qualities, and Judgment? Does it just happen naturally? As mothers, do we just give them a few compliments and hope for the best? Or, like most life skills, is it something we have to make a conscious effort to build? There have been many articles on how to raise confident daughters. Several, like this one featured by the Child Mind Institute, provide excellent guidance on how to help our daughters build their confidence based on what they can do, not on what they look like. Others offer concrete…