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Kid Approved Busy Bag

In Parenting by Jen28 Comments

A few months ago I participated in a co-op with a group of women to make “toddler” busy bags for our families.  This busy bag has been amazing and has managed to entertain not only the toddler, but ALL of my children with it’s contents. I wanted to share how to make a few of the items with you today. …

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Scam, Scam, Scammity Scam

In Parenting by Jen34 Comments

This last weekend I received a call from a talent development agency wishing to “audition” my children for television and modeling parts. I laughed,  I thanked them, I told them no, and then I promptly hung up. I later told my sister about the call, because my nephew has let it be known that his life’s wish is to have …

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Where’s Olaf

In Parenting by Jen16 Comments

My children are crazy about Frozen. I believe we have now watched the movie HUNDREDS of times. Rebekah, my 6 year old, has been very concerned that since this is Olaf’s first summer alive he really should have the full “In Summer” experience. So, we decided it would be fun if we took our own little Olaf along with us …

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A Boy’s Guide To Surviving Sisters

In Parenting by Jen25 Comments

Today my son Caleb is celebrating his first double digit birthday. Caleb is one of those special humans who is such a joy to be around. His mellow, fun loving and charming personality has made him the favorite of all of his sisters and many others girls county wide. It also doesn’t hurt that he has his Daddy’s brilliant baby …

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Does Your Toddler Need An Exorcist?

In Parenting by Jen34 Comments

Each time I give birth to a sweet, tiny little baby I hold my bundle of joy in my arms completely repressing the knowledge that there will come a point where that same child, for at least a while, will be completely possessed by demons.  The world refers to this unspeakable horror as “The Toddler Years.” Those of you who …

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He’s Just a Boy Who Stands All Alone. . .

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Two of my children played baseball this last season. My husband coached Rebekah in her first year in tee-ball and helped out on my son Caleb’s baseball team when his coaching schedule allowed. Aren’t they cute? As a family, we have spent many nights out at the ball field over the last several months. In my time there I have …

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Dealing With Discouragement

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen51 Comments

Yesterday we went to our community pool/ splash pad. The baby and I were sitting in the sun getting warm and watching her brother and sisters splash in the pool. Anneliese had been chewing on a pair of goggles and decided to throw them at a woman sitting next to me. I grabbed them as they landed on her legs …

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7 Tips For Raising A Son

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen29 Comments

As a mother to three girls and 1 boy, I quite often get the comment that there has to be a lot of girl power running rampant in my house. I am not a fan of the word girl power, but it’s not for the reasons you think. I far prefer the concept of equal power. I am working hard …

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Dealing With Milestones

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen19 Comments

This week we are heading into some BIG milestones for our family, a kindergarten graduation and a graduation from elementary school. First let’s talk about my kindergartener, Rebekah. I cannot believe that an entire school year has passed, It seems like just yesterday that I dropped her off for her first day of school. Now she will be graduating kindergarten. …

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Sometimes Being A Mother Stinks

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen22 Comments

Yes, yes you did just read that right. Wait, isn’t this the week that we celebrate all things wonderful about motherhood and are supposed to walk away with warm and cuddly feelings? Those who are truthful about motherhood will know what I mean about having times when it really stinks. If you aren’t there yet, just wait, it’s coming. Like …

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Future Farmers Of America and Easter

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What might the FFA and Easter have in common? Well, this is the weekend where I change out my glittery sandals for work boots and gloves in order to help rope in our crazy little bunny Lance A-Lop for the County Fair. The biggest event of the year for 4H and the FFA. This year the County Fair just happens …

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The 10 Greatest Mullets of the 80’s and 90’s

In Man-day, Parenting by Jen18 Comments

Let’s be honest, there was a lot of hairspray sold in the 80’s and early 90’s.  The volume was such that there is probably little doubt that serious damage was being done to the environment.  Right now, however, we are going to highlight the mullet (A.K.A the Kentucky Waterfall, the Mississippi Mudflap, or the Canadian Passport.)  We will list out …