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Too much or too little?

A Violin Through the Eyes of a Ten Year Old Part of having children is the challenge of keeping everyone engaged in doing something. Finding just the right blend of involvement, interest, finances, follow-through and overwhelm can be quite the balancing act to say the least.  “How much is too much?” “What about too little?” […]

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Say what you LOVE

newlywed vs. married over 5 years After you’ve been living with a person for more that a couple of years it’s easy to begin seeing the little ways they do things around the house. It would be nice if the easy part was recognizing all of the awesomely good stuff they’re doing.  Often we do […]

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One way to make dinner time great.

making the everyday meaningful. “Please pass the salad.”  “How many rolls do we get?  They are my favorite.” We sat down to the table about 60 seconds ago and questions are going, the chaos of getting food on our plates is in full swing. Most nights at the dinner table don’t go by without the […]

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Making Time More Magical

magic time galore. A few years ago my kids started yelling out, “magic time!” when we would be driving in the car to school or ballet lessons or football practice.  At first I just thought that they were being silly, having a little fun traveling to all of the places we would go after school.  […]

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Take a Staycation: 10 tips to make it worth it

when your summer plans fall apart… All is not lost. A couple of days ago we realized that our dreamed of trip to a beach house was no longer going to happen.  A year or so ago I made this Staycation kit  and now I’m super excited pull it out again dust it off and […]

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The Magic of Books.

silent films. It’s amazing the way books can open up our minds and take us to worlds that were previously uncharted.  They can be a springboard for our own dreams, a chance to escape from our own world, or get ideas for creating the kind of world we want to live in.  Books are one […]

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A Kite Flying Adventure.

Go fly a kite. Kite flying is usually done on a beautiful, slightly windy afternoon when the sun is high in the sky.  A couple of days after we had worked on our kites,  I decided to do the unexpected. I surprised the kids with a kite flying adventure. On Saturday morning I got up […]

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Affection in a Family

Valentine’s day is a great time for adding a little more affection to your life.  If you’re a mom with kids in school you know that life gets busy and without even realizing it you can go through a lot of the day getting things done and suddenly realize that you’ve not even had a […]

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Family Photo Tips

Some days I just want a chance to photograph my kids. For me, there’s so much more to taking pictures than just getting a shot or randomly taking pictures.  I want to tell a little story.  Say something about  my life, my family, my kids. I don’t want to take pictures that don’t show their […]

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Build Your Own Elephant-Sized Fort.

It’s got to be a super sized fort! Building a fort brings out the kid in everyone! Every time we build a fort (especially an elephant-sized fort) it stays up for weeks!  There’s something magical about doing every day things in a fort. The most important aspect of fort-making is creating something that even YOU […]

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