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How to travel Norway with kids

Our summer trip took us 4,800 miles from home in Jacksonville, Florida, to one of the most spectacular places on this globe – Norway. Taking two young kids to such a faraway land might seem a bit baffling, but I promise the towering waterfalls, mystic trolls, and postcard-perfect fjords make the journey to get there completely […]

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First-time mom guide to saving pregnancy memories

  Fill-in-the-blank baby books were a rite of passage for our moms and grandmas, but in an increasingly digital world baby books often sit empty. Struggling to fit them in can make moms feel like they’ve failed before they’ve even started—but we actually have better tools than our moms and grandmas! We can make our baby books on-the-go, capturing and organizing […]

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5 Unexpected Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Celebrating Mother's Day with brunch or nice family dinner is lovely, as is a handmade anything. How about trying one of these non-traditional ways to make a memory that’s sure to last longer than even the largest bottle of perfume? Make a memory for Mother’s Day that will find a place in her heart to stay. [...]

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How to get the most out of Soulments

What's a Soulment? It's a moment that touches your soul. Maybe it's a... Funny question posed at the dinner table Video of the first time on two wheels Story behind an old family photo Your child’s artwork and what inspired it Reflection on a proud moment   It's any moment you want to remember as [...]

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The not-so-hidden benefits of the weekly family meeting

My husband invites me to beers with the guys at least once a month. Occasionally, I invite him to a pedicure. We’re not requesting each other’s presence; we just need to make sure the other person’s schedule is free to watch the kids while we enjoy ourselves. Like most people, my husband and I rely [...]

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The search for the elusive and complete baby book

You tucked them away for safe keeping. Eventually, you come across the tiny treasures of the hospital bracelet, inked footprints, and first family photo that's been misplaced. And then you remember why. You picture the unfinished baby book abandoned on the shelf and see the best of intentions. The reality of year one Traditional fill-in [...]

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A letter to my daughter about loving yourself

Dear Daughter, This morning, just like every morning, you walked out of your room wearing the most gloriously mismatched outfit. You beamed with pride because you picked your clothes out all by yourself, and you loved how the colors looked on you. For you, getting dressed is pure joy, because it is a chance to […]

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Child psychologist on expecting and being a “good” mom

Every day I have the honor and privilege of helping children with their emotional, behavioral and educational functioning. I am a child psychologist and behavior analyst. I love children, and more importantly, I love working with and helping them find happiness and success in whatever shape that looks like for them. When my husband and […]

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Savoring summer with a cherry on top

What’s the magic in summer? Is it the sense of calm that comes from freedom to slow down a smidge? Or maybe it’s the bottled up excitement for a week at the beach that cannot get here soon enough. We enjoy longer days to fill up with dips in the pool and dripping ripe watermelon. […]

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My birthday gift to my kids is the same every year

When I was anxiously awaiting the signs of the labor I wrote this letter to the sweet, smooshed up face that would change me forever in what turned out to be just a few days.     Seven letters later, I suppose it has become a sort of tradition that goes well with ice cream cake and […]

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