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The Unstructured Summer: The 80s Are BACK!

I’m naming Summer 2020 “The Unstructured Summer”. Because of COVID, I won’t rush my six children off to camp or struggle to locate misplaced eye goggles in time for swimming lessons. There will be no hotel rooms or weekend getaways — and my passport will continue to collect dust in a distant corner. Summer 2020 […]

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Adoption Through Foster Care Myths DEBUNKED!

Every child deserves a family to call their own. Sadly, when some children enter foster care, they are not able to be reunified with their birth families. According to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption 20,000 chidden age out of foster care each year without a family. These children aren’t unadoptable. They just aren’t adopted. […]

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Redefining Self Care

Self care is not always defined the same way by different people. Most everyone agrees that self care is to actively improve one’s physical or emotional well being. Caring for ourselves is necessary as our lives grow busier and more complicated. Carving out time for ourselves isn’t easy. However, we must be self-important when it […]

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Adoption Day

Why We Talk About Our Adoption

As I write this, four of the six children in my home were born to another mother. The details of their circumstances are each very different. However, they do have a common link. They were adopted from foster care. Subsequently, we talk openly of their adoption. In addition, we speak of why they do not […]

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Dandelions

Stop Weeding and Make Dandelion Oatmeal Cookies Instead

Dandelion oatmeal cookies are an unexpected treat. In my opinion, dandelions are not weeds. The bright yellow dandelion flowers beckon to local bees in the early spring. Not to mention my children love to pick dandelions. They also love to make “wishes’ by blowing the blossoms that have gone to seed.  Kids and bees are onto something. The […]

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How Lazy Americans Make Homemade Yogurt

How Lazy Americans Make European Yogurt

Yogurt in Europe is life changing. It’s creamy, and wonderfully natural. European yogurt also lacks the artificial sweeteners and preservatives found in processed American yogurt. Making your own yogurt, using the ingredients of your choice, is easy. I’ll show you how lazy Americans make European Yogurt.  My first taste of French yogurt, wasn’t actually in […]

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