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What NOT to do when your daughter gets asked out for the first time

what not to do when your daughter gets asked out

It happened. For the past decade, I’ve wondered when it would happen. I’ve watched my sweet baby girl, my first-born child, grow and develop right in front of my very eyes. That sweet scrunchy nose that she modeled in every smiley-faced picture for years gradually evolved into a perfectly picturesque young woman. We haven’t allowed her to have a phone, …

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Take Nothing for Granted

take nothing for granted

On this Veteran’s Day, the first after losing my father, I’ve been struggling with coming up with an adequate way to honor his memory. I’ve been afraid of forgetting him but more than that, I’ve been afraid of his story ending with me. Then it came to me: I interviewed my dad more in depth than I ever had while …

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Veteran Money Advice {from my Favorite Veteran}


Memorial Day and Veterans Days are times to remember and thank veterans who have served our country so that we could have freedom. In a day and age where we want what we want and we want it now, it’s very rare that we take time to not only reflect on the past, but also learn from it. My father was …

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Top 5 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Items – Kids Giving Back


Every fall when the weather starts cooling down and the leaves start changing color, we get extra excited here in the Cone home. We were made for this weather. We can’t understand why anyone would want to live anywhere other than here where the day starts with clear blue skies and the temperature graces the 50 degree mark. But of …

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When Your Child Loses a Friend

When Your child loses a friend

As parents, we want the best for our children. My husband and I pray about everything in our kids’ lives, from their health and safety to their schools and yes, even their friends. While we understand that we cannot choose all the people our children surround themselves with as they get older, it doesn’t lessen our desire for them to …

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How to Keep Your Kids Honest: 30 Ways in 30 Days


If you’re like me (or most parents for that matter!), you struggle with how to keep your kids honest. Since April 30 is National Honesty Day, I wanted to help you teach your kids honesty in a more clever, bite size way. I’ve come up with 30 Ways in the 30 Days of April to help keep your kids honest. I’ve …

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Nashville’s Nutcracker Youth Cast Dancer Behind the Scenes Interview

Nutcracker Ticket Giveaway

Nashville’s Nutcracker Youth Cast Dancer Behind the Scenes Interview This year, my daughter once again joined the Nashville Ballet Youth Cast for Nashville’s Nutcracker as a garden fairy. Two years ago, I chronicled the behind the scenes life of a parent of a youth cast dancer, videoing everything from rehearsals to costume fittings and even back stage before their performance …

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Girls Indian Costume Homemade by Daddy

Girls Indian Costume

I just had to share this girls Indian costume that was homemade by her daddy for her school’s colonial days this week. When we saw the emails about needing colonial costumes for our kids, I immediately panicked. I’m not exactly what you’d call “crafty”, so to be honest, I ignored it initially. But after constant questions from my type-A first …

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Weekend Update in pictures: November 2, 2014

October 31 Family in Bed

We went NONSTOP this past weekend and I wanted to share some special glimpses through pictures. The kids decided on new costumes about an hour before Trick or Treating. Kariss was Mavis from Hotel Transylvania and Britton was Hawlucha from Pokemon. The weather was SO cold, that we ended up heading indoors to Cool Springs Mall for Trick or Treating …

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The Dreaded “B” Word


My oldest child is now officially ten years old: not yet a teenager, but definitely out of single digits. While she’ll always be my baby, I can’t deny how quickly she’s growing up. As a fifth grader, I’m thankful she still shows us signs of sweetness and even humors her little brother every now and then. And luckily, she’s shown …

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