Aug 28 2016
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What I learned from my kids’ playing, and from their discussion of what was going on in their minds as they played. What’s the Zen of Play? Read all about it.


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As the family sang to him, and I brought his cupcake to the table (chocolate zucchini bread with ganache-cream-cheese icing and sprinkles), his face lit up. A second later, I had to hold both of his hands, because he wanted to grab the flame on the candle. Fire is pretty amazing stuff, especially when you’re one…


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They’ve been together their entire lives. And now, with Anneliese moving into elementary school, they’re growing apart… I’m so excited for both of them, and here’s why.


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This post wraps up our “visible differences” challenge.


Saying yes and pressing pause (4 of 4)

Henry made everything slow down. I know he’s my last baby (for real this time), and I’m trying my hardest to soak up the little moments.

I try to say yes as much as I can.


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Zora got a hair cut and looks like a sweet little puppy now. Be sure to watch the video of her playing with the kids and doing tricks with them!


How to teach kids to help cook in the kitchen. Have special one-on-one time with each kid to do a special cooking project! Great idea for how to teach kids to cook.

Kids can cook real food – but we need to teach them how. Here’s how I’m teaching my kids to cook and giving my kids an arsenal of kitchen skills that will serve them for a lifetime.


Zora's IAMS visible differences challenge - part 1

Zora’s going to embark on a little challenge this month – let’s see what visible differences happen! This is part 1, with a sweet video of her playing in the back yard.


Family travel gear - 8 essentials you won't want to get caught without. www.Joyfulabode.com traveling with kids ideas

Do you have a family vacation or trip coming up? You won’t want to be without these 8 essentials for family travel. What’s on my gear list?


The promises a mother makes to her children.

I’ve made lots of promises to my kids. Big ones and small ones, but the most important one i’m not sure I’ve told them about.


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These couples were challenged to look into each other’s eyes for just 30 seconds, and just that little bit of connection sparked some romance. I try to do something similar with my husband every day, with an extra-long hug at least once a day (when he comes home from work is a good time).


Feb 10 2016
I know this mom... (a heartfelt letter to end judgment between mothers)

I know this mom – a heartfelt letter to end judgment between moms. (You know this mom.)



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