Date Selfies and Other Tips for a Vibrant Marriage

My husband and I have a special marriage. Over the last 17 years, many friends and some strangers have commented that our relationship blesses them, saying, “You two are an inspiration” or “What a perfect couple!” And I think “if you only knew how many times I fail.” But Judd and I have a lot going for us. I wanted to list some of the ways we guard our marriage…

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Working Mom Weekly Meal Plan: Bowtie Pasta Bake and More

It has really surprised me how many people have given me feedback as I’ve posted my weekly menu plans. And it seems that’s the ONLY thing I’ve had time to post on the blog. I thought I’d write a little about the process I go through each weekend to help you start to create menus. Remember: every mom is a working mom, it’s just that some of us have less…

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He Has Not Given Me a Spirit of Fear

I recently had to leave my family for a business trip. I travel fairly often, about once every 2-3 months, and everything is usually fine.  I’m happy to have some uninterrupted work time and networking with colleagues and friends.  My kids have some daddy-time, which they LOVE.  And my husband really supports my work, so he doesn’t mind when I go for a few days.  It’s usually all hunky dory.…

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Embracing Autistic Friends: A Teachable Moment at Disney World

Autism affects 1 in 110 children, 1 in 70 boys.*  Chances are that your children know at least one friend with autism, and you know another parent with an autistic child. While we were at Disney World last week, we shared a lunch table with a lovely mom and daughter, since the place was pretty crowded. The little girl was about 6.  She was very talkative, and friendly, and it soon…

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On Girl Bullies & Redeemed Friendships

I am so pleased to introduce guest blogger, Abby from Dear Abby Leigh.  If you haven’t met this woman- full of such grace and openness, you can follow her on Twitter at @dearabbyleigh.  I asked on Twitter the other day if anyone had experience with girl-bullying growing up.  If there is one thing that breaks my heart, it’s how cruel girls (and women) can be to each other. Abby blew…

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Notes from the Road Children

My children always have various notes, hand-made posters, and bulletins posted around the house.  An anticipated guest might expect to be welcomed with “Come This Way —->”  signs about. And then, there are the obligatory “Your Name Here‘s Room” signs.  But sometimes they give me such a laugh, I have to share!  Walking down the hallway last week, I spotted this benign-looking sign with mermaid stickers, and bright colors.  At…

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Stop the Childhood Obesity Madness!

Alright moms, I’m going to try not to get on an enormous soapbox here.  I’m just going to point out the MADNESS that is going on right now with our nation’s “Childhood Obesity” obsession, and we can discuss in the comments. Are there obese children? Sure. (mainly older children, after they learn bad habits) Does obesity have health risks? Of course. Do we need to talk to children about healthy…

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Parenting in the “Entertain Me” Age

“Will you play with me, Mom?” “”I’m bored.” “What is there to do today?” “Can we watch a movie?” “Can you go outside with us?” On one hand, I am really glad that my kids want to spend time with me.  And I really love spending time with them, as well.  But it seems they are constantly wanting to be entertained, for me to be leading an activity.  After a…

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10 Ways to Flirt With Your Husband

The other night, I caught a Tweet in my stream from Theresa at Rock On Mommies, asking if we still flirtwith our husbands.  That was the topic on her live webshow, Girl Chat.  I responded with an enthusiastic, “You bet!” I couldn’t join the show that night, because of scheduling conflicts, so I thought I’d write a post with my ideas. I’ve been married almost 14 years, and I can honestly…

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