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Redecorating a Teenage Girl’s Room on a Budget {Teen Room Decor}

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AtHome stores. I received compensation and a gift card to help illustrate the story I’m bringing you below that I hope will inspire your own redecoration. When our daughter turned 13, one of her requests was to redecorate her room. It seem’s like we’ve gone through all the girls’ room rites of passage over the …

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The Technology Contract Every Family Needs

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Our daughter just turned 13 a few weeks ago. It was a big milestone for obvious reasons, but for one more than others in her mind: she got her first cell phone. Granted it was not the new iPhone 7 she’d been pining after for months; instead, we offered her our old iPhone 4s for a ‘trial year’ with quite …

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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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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

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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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