Author Archive | Melissa

Keep your photos organized with a family yearbook!

Organizing your Family Memories

Now that the majority of us have smart phones, there is rarely a special moment that isn’t caught on either a picture or video. I know myself, personally, take well over 1000 photos a year, and quite a few videos, too! So many people just leave them on their phone or send them to the […]

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I can't watch that...

I Can’t Watch That…

n speaking with other moms, it looks like there is a trend on how perspectives change when you become a parent in terms of how you enjoy media. I first experienced this when I was reduced to tears during a movie trailer while pregnant.

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device free summer

Device-Free Summer

I am sure you have seen an article or two about how smart phones, iPads and tablets are highly addictive for kids, teenagers, and adults. The reality is that devices have become a problem for all of us. I have witnessed this often first-hand, as a middle school teacher in a school where each student […]

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Kids love to get in the field and pick their own food!

Invest Time in Food

The reality is, our focus on fast is one of the reasons our society is having an obesity problem at the same time that malnourishment is going back up. Teaching your kids about food and investing time in food promotes a healthy lifestyle and mentality from the beginning! Plus, planting, picking, and making food is […]

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Coping With Anxiety in Kids

One thing I have learned about anxiety is that it is hereditary. This has become a burden on its own, because it is quite apparent that my oldest suffers anxiety. I worry about how that will play out throughout his life, so I decided to be proactive and teach him ways to control his emotions […]

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changing my lens

Changing My Lens: Getting a New Perspective

Too often, we moms look at all our faults at the end of each day: we weren’t patient enough, we didn’t get enough work done, we left the dirty dishes, the kids didn’t get a bath, they will definitely wear mis-matched socks again the next day, etc. Or, the bigger ones we judge ourselves for: […]

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Rise N Shine

Rise N’ Shine

So, two weeks ago, when I walked into my son’s room and I said “rise n’ shine buddy,” it clicked. And I smiled. I felt proud to use our family expressions, and felt proud to know they were engrained in me, when I hadn’t even thought about it before I said it.

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