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Hello, Autumn


Summer ends in just a little over a week (September 23rd to be exact), so it’s time again for falling leaves and long sleeves.

I had never heard of it, but autumn anxiety is really a thing. You’re not alone if the changing of seasons gives you a little bit of stress.

Pollen is out, but ragweed and mold will soon be in. Take care of yourselves, allergy sufferers!

If you’re a fan of a certain orange gourd, it’s not the time of year where you can get all pumpkin spice everything.

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Decoding Car Seat Safety Guidelines

My daughter is at that age where she’s growing out of her infant/toddler car seat, and I need to upgrade her to a new seat. I’m fairly new to this car safety thing and an informal poll of my family and friends has left me even more confused. Ask five different people, and you’ll get five different answers about when a child needs a booster seat, when their seat can be front-facing and when they no longer need to ride in the back seat.

I read through the government standards, and there was a lot of information to digest. Here are some helpful tips and information if you don’t know where to start:

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Change and Growth


I like to think writing is one of the few professions that gets harder the longer you do it. Sure, you get better and gain more experience over time, but it also becomes harder to keep things fresh and consistent.

The challenge I face as a writer is much like the one I face as a mom. You become more confident and capable the longer you parent, but new challenges pop up to test your seniority. And boy, have I been tested lately.

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Weekly Parenting Roundup


Happy Friday, everyone! Here are some of the interesting things going on in the world of parenting this week: enjoy!

School is back in session for most kiddies, so here is a list of 30 Questions to Ask Your Kid Instead of “How Was Your Day?” #22 is very thought provoking!

As an added bonus, you can chat while making these fun after-school snacks.

Yikes! Our kids may be getting too much homework and it’s stressing the whole family out.

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10 Life Lessons Parents Learn Too Late


I was recently reading a blog post titled “10 Life Lessons We Learn Too Late”. It’s a great list, you should check it out! As humans we tend to think we are invincible and have an endless reservoir of time. The older we get, the more we realize that’s not the case.

I hear the adage, “the days are long, but the years are short” often, and it becomes more true every day. I began to consider the lessons I’ve learned so far as a mom and I was inspired to create my own list. Here goes nothing!

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Change of Scenery


I was having one of those weeks where motherhood was feeling like more than I could handle. Sleep deprivation and a never-ending to-do list were making me feel like I was stuck in a hamster wheel. My normally jolly child became especially irritable and disagreeable. Was she teething? Another growth spurt? Separation anxiety? Aaaaahhhh! I had no clue what to do, but I knew I had to do something.

Maya and I decided to tag along with her dad on his next business trip. We headed down to Peoria, Illinois for an overnight stay. Getting on the road immediately made me feel better. Maya slept the whole two and a half hour ride while her dad and I laughed and enjoyed the scenery.

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Family Time


The popular saying goes, “No man ever said on his deathbed I wish I had spent more time in the office.” Work is indeed important. We need to earn to care for ourselves and families. But at what point is it too much? In our country it’s almost viewed as virtuous to spend as much time as you can at work. Americans work more than pretty much every other country in the world. Our typical 40 hour workweek has inched its way up to 47 hours.

I once had a job where I informed my manager I had to leave early and was met with the response: “You are lucky to be here. There are so many people who would love to have this job. [Another co-worker] has a family, but he is here working late nights and weekends to produce good work!” I used to think that was an extreme example, but the longer I was in the workforce, the more I realized long hours were often expected.

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