Author Archive | Jolene

picnic

No-Fuss Dinner Solution: The Picnic

Instead, let’s share a meal in the great outdoors! Picnics have become our family’s new go-to, and our latest mission is to invite others along. Here is a low-maintenance way of getting people of all ages together for a meal. Host your picnic at a public park with a playground and you’ve got your perfect […]

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Remind Me What My Doorbell Sounds Like

Remind Me What My Doorbell Sounds Like

Our modern-day friendships consist of text messages, commenting on each other’s social media posts, and somehow feeling closer to each other’s lives from the snippets we see on Facebook. But when was the last time your doorbell actually rang (other than the UPS driver dropping off your latest online purchase)?

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June Recipes

5 Simple June Recipes From the Garden

I love my garden. With several young kids helping me haphazardly plant seeds, I only succeed in growing a few things (one of which is weeds). But I’m fortunate enough to harvest a few goodies from it each summer. Fresh produce and herbs are my favorite! If you don’t have a garden – no problem. […]

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Mental Load

Sharing the Mental Load

My husband and I are making a conscious effort to share the mental load. It’s not easy. I am by nature a planner, and my husband is not. It will take months if not years, but we are trying hard because the demands of our work/life schedule are growing.

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MomBrain

This is Your MOM BRAIN on Christmas

We should do more than a homemade ornament for their teacher. Hmm if I was a teacher I would want… wine. All the wine. But perhaps that’s an inappropriate gift from a 4-year-old. What would the other mom’s think? What about cookies? Ugh. They probably get so many cookies.

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Giving Tuesday

Make Giving Tuesday A Family Event

Giving Tuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving – which falls on November 28th this year.   #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, started in 2012, that has continued to grow thanks to the power of social media.  It kicks off the giving season after the two busiest shopping days of the year – Black […]

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Grateful

Raising Grateful Kids… I Hope

Some days, I beam with pride when my kids say “Thank You” at all the right times, or tell Grandma what a delicious dinner she made. Other days, I’m convinced I’ve completely failed as a parent and am raising the most spoiled rotten, ungrateful kids on earth! Anyone else? We expect our children to have good […]

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