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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…


first day of school

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.


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.


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.)


Stop telling me to "Enjoy every moment." I get it, but I just can't.

every now and then, while perusing my favorite sites, I come across a very specific quote that always hits me like a punch in the gut.
“Enjoy every moment.”


Traveling with toddlers - 7 ways to save your sanity

After over 43 hours and 20,000 miles of flight time, I’ve finally found a system that works for us! Here how we keep a two-year-old happy and occupied on flights, whether they’re one hour or twelve hours long!


Our Emergency Laundry Catch-Up Game

Suddenly, laundry catch-up inspiration hit.

What if, instead of asking or forcing my kids to help me, I wasn’t the person telling us to get the job done?

What if I invited them to play a game with me and we used a timer instead? And what if the prize for BEATING the timer was exciting enough to make it fun??


#WishesDelivered

Spread your wishes for the greater good, and UPS will make a donation to its charity partners. #WishesDelivered


Migraine-free

Five years after suffering my first migraine, I’m migraine-free and loving life. Here’s how I cured my migraines and kept them away for good.



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