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5 Must-Have Classic Kid’s Books that Teach Important Life Lessons

There are countless studies as to why reading books with, and to, children is valuable to their development. Benefits include gaining a higher aptitude in learning, opening up new worlds through learning, speech skills, as well as higher concentration levels. However the most important aspect is the growth in relationship with the child and the […]

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Watermelon Dessert Soup: A Favorite Summer-Time Treat

August 3rd was National Watermelon Day and I was faced with a decision: do I completely ignore it like the zillion other unnecessary “holidays” or is today the day that I actually embrace it? Since I already had my favorite watermelon beer waiting for me in my refrigerator, I decided that we’re celebrating National Watermelon […]

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Team Wild or Team Mild? Raising the Child You Have

Every child is unique. Their interests, perspective and personalities blend in one-of-a-kind ways to create one-of-a-kind people. Some kids are born growling, ready to join Team Wild while some are definitely set for Team Mild, from the start. It’s amazingly beautiful when you think about it. It’s also really annoying when you grow up and […]

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Mom Confession: “I fear sleepovers.”

Raising kids involves a never-ending stream of parenting choices. Everything from what you feed them to the school they attend rests on your shoulders. Luckily most of these parenting decisions go unobserved by the world at large…and unless your Facebook status happens to be, “we skipped bath time for the second night in a row,” […]

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5 Ways Wine & Kids Are a Lot Alike

On my last drive back from Sonoma County to San Diego, my son slept quite a bit. This left my husband and I to ride south in virtual silence. Each time I leave my hometown, I have lots of time to contemplate how much I miss Sonoma. This time, however, my thoughts took a bit of a left […]

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Date Night (Romance vs. Reality)

It’s date night! You’ve been looking forward to this all week. Who am I kidding, all month! A night out in the town with no kids, adult conversation, and romantic eye gazing. No bubble guppies, snot noses, and blueberry spills. Just chivalry and roses. Ahhh sounds like a winning night already. You toss your faded […]

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In Defense of My “Spoiled” Kids

If you ask anyone who knows my family they’d readily admit to how many “things” my kids have. The sheer amount of stuff is staggering. It’s partially due to the fact I’ve been a childcare provider for most of my life and buying new toys is just part of the job, and partially because our […]

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