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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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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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Nashville’s Nutcracker Youth Cast Dancer Behind the Scenes Interview

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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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Saige American Girl Doll Giveaway (+ Saige Paints the Sky DVD!)

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You may remember not long ago when I shared about the Saige American Girl doll scavenger hunt I came up with to surprise my daughter with the 2013 American Girl Doll of the Year. I also had the pleasure of hosting a Saige American Girl Doll giveaway earlier this year. I received SO many amazing responses, both here and on …

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Nashville Nutcracker Auditions: Youth Cast

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Are you wondering about Nashville Nutcracker Auditions for their youth cast? Last year was the first year my daughter participated as a youth cast member in the Nashville Nutcracker with the Nashville Ballet and she made it on her very first audition! She was taking classes at the Nashville Ballet at the time, but is not this year…and children between …

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A Saige American Girl giveaway & art scavenger hunt

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After just getting introduced to American Girl dolls a few short months ago, I feel like we have gotten to intimately know so many of these lovely ladies: McKenna with her passion for gymnastics, Caroline, the newest historical doll and her pension for adventure, and now we have the chance to meet the 2013 Girl of the year, Saige with …

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Nashville Ballet Nutcracker Youth Cast Dress Rehearsal Behind the Scenes at TPAC

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Nashville Ballet Nutcracker youth cast dress rehearsal behind the scenes video from TPAC: In my final stint as the Official Blogger for the 2012 Nashville Ballet Nutcracker Youth Cast, I got to follow my daughter behind the scenes from start to finish for her final dress rehearsal at TPAC. For those of you who don’t know, my daughter took her …

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