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Moms, Do All the Princess Stuff: ALL. OF. IT. {While you still can}

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With all the parenting advice floating around the web this time of year between graduation, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day, I have one piece of parenting advice of my own to share with you: Do all the princess stuff – ALL OF IT – while you still can. It’s no surprise that our family loves all things Disney. And you …

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Is My Tween Daughter Alone in Doing This?

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Is my tween daughter alone in doing this? Surely she’s not the only one. Are any of you parents of a tween girl who’s hard on herself? I know I’m biased & I know parenting is not for the faint of heart, but I think my daughter is incredible. She is smart, witty, artistic, gifted musically & brings joy to …

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Wrapping Community Around Our Kids

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A post shared by Sami Cone (@thesamicone) on May 1, 2017 at 9:14pm PDT Last night, I posted this picture on Instagram, not because of its amazing photographic composition, but because it represents so many people that love on my daughter so well. And more importantly, it shows that parenting requires so much more than just one or two people; …

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32 Cheap Kids Easter Basket Ideas

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Even though Easter is this week, have no fear! I have 32 cheap kids Easter basket ideas for you that you can easily pull together before this Easter: Easter Stickers Sidewalk Chalk Bubbles Jump Rope Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs (my personal favorite) Easter Book Coloring Book DVDs (our kids especially love VeggieTales & What’s in the Bible) Glow Sticks Mini …

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Why a Martial Arts Class Makes a Perfect Family Activity

Martial Arts: A Perfect Family Time Activity

The following is a sponsored guest post by Harvest Martial Arts, located just south of us in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee. However, the message and content are pertinent no matter where you live, which is why I wanted to share this with you today. Family time is sacred. With the stress of jobs that stretch long past 9-5, housework that …

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Practical Tips for Expressing Gratitude

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I love Thanksgiving so much – it’s a day where we all get to gather and reflect with friends and family. And while the holidays may bring their own level of stress, we can each choose to be grateful for at least one thing or one person in our lives today. But what does that look like in tangible form? …

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Feeling the Father’s Love through the Loss of a Parent

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Losing a parent is never easy. I know- I lost my father one year ago this month. Even as I write those words, I can hardly believe it. I had fallen into a rut of telling people I lost my dad six months ago. Then last week, I started getting emotional about him all of a sudden, including in dreams. …

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When Kids Lose: 3 Truths to Tell Them

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“You may not win, but you must try. Sometimes, you’ll lose, but there’s no need to cry. Win or lose, one thing that’s true… No matter what, I love you!” ~ Lysa TerKeurst from “Win or Lose I Love You!“ I dare say our deepest heartache once we become parents is not when we get hurt, but when our kids …

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5 Old School Values to Teach Your Kids

5 old school values to teach your kids

My dad died recently. He was 89. If you’re assuming he was quite a bit older than I was, you’d be correct – 49 years my senior to be exact. While some may argue that I was at a disadvantage by having a father old enough to be my grandfather, I’d have to disagree with you. Although my parents divorced …

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