What Made Me Journal: The Dialogue Journal

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Family, Parenting, Writing | 2 comments

This year, Carter came home at the first of the year with a journal. As a writer, I was very excited that he would be encouraged to write more through the year. It seems like after the intense focus on reading in third grade, they’re expanding a little in fourth grade to include writing as well. It’s such an important skill, no matter what career you end up pursuing. I have to admit though, my excitement waned dramatically when I read the note...

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My Juggling Act: Letting a Few Balls Drop

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Parenting, work-at-home | 5 comments

Parenting is a juggling act. Deciding which activities to prioritize, which arguments to intervene and which to let play out, and figuring out which parent will get the kids to which activity are just a few of the things that are going on at all times. Freelancing is also a juggling act. The days of a freelancer are spent doing research and working on projects with strict deadlines, while also trying to stay on top of new trends in the...

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Grow a Garden with Your Kids (and watch them eat salad!)

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Family, Gardening, Parenting | 2 comments

We’ve all seen the research and the articles touting the fact that kids will eat more vegetables if they take part in growing them. I’m here to tell you, what these experts say is true. I admit, I had been somewhat skeptical. After years of saying to myself that it was the parents who caused picky eaters by allowing their children to eat only macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets, I learned my lesson the hard way. Not with Caroline. She ate...

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Valentine’s Day Cookies

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in cooking/recipes, Family, Friends, Parenting, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Why should sugar cookies only be made at Christmas? Sure, these melt-in-your mouth delights are associated with the holiday season, probably in part due to their colorful sprinkles or icing. But when I was a kid, we had sugar cookies for all sorts of seasons and holidays. Shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day, leaves in the fall, bunnies at Easter, not to mention the host of fun cookie cutter shapes that weren’t holiday related that my mom would use...

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What I’m Reading

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Books, Family, Parenting | 6 comments

Two things happened on Tuesday that made me think about books and reading. First, the kids and I went to Barnes & Noble to spend our Christmas gift cards. It was a teacher work day, and what better way to spend a day out of school than surrounded by books? This might sound strange to some of you, but it was the first time I had taken kids had been to Barnes & Noble, and it was absolutely magical. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like we...

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What C.B. Eller Means to Me

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

On Tuesday, Caroline came home with homework. Something she wasn’t expecting during her last week of school. They were going to write an essay, or maybe just a paragraph, she wasn’t sure, on “What C.B. Eller Means to Me,” and her homework was to plan out her essay and come up with a strategy. Being her last week of fifth grade, her last year at this great little elementary school, I guess her teachers were wanting them to reflect on their time...

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