Ashley Varol

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ADHD and Me

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I have a child who is so full of energy that it has taken us down the pathway of diagnosis for ADHD – and much to my surprise, I’m learning I’m likely the parent...

Making The Christmas Shift {Focusing on Experiences}

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I grew up in a family where Christmas was simply the best. Piles of presents when we were home or a trip to see relatives in snowy Buffalo. It was simply magical and fun...

Eat Right Bite by Bite {#HealthBeforeFitness}

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Healthy eating is often used synonymously with the word “diet,” which in my household, is a dirty word. Healthy eating is just that – choosing foods that fuel our body and reducing those that...

Kids’ Movies That Need [More] Sequels or Spin-Offs

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There are plenty of adult movies that for me, they’ve simply made too many of – Mission Impossible, Fast and Furious, and Die Hard come to mind. But, when it comes to kids' movies,...

Smash It All, Mama!

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I had been having a particularly rough week when my best friend said, “You’re meeting me after work – and it’s something you’re going to love.” I hate surprises, and I had to wait...

The Shark Ate Your Toys {My Trick for Keeping Things Tidy}

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I’m getting to the point where I simply want my house back, and our shark is helping me do this. My kids are 9 (boy) and 6 (boy/girl twins) and it just feels like...

Teach Your Kids to Type

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Mamas. I teach college students at a university, and I need to ask you a favor. Please, I’m begging you: Teach your kids to type. Let me explain. Students are often assumed to be technology...

Solo Trips Over Family Vacations

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In our family, we’ve really enjoyed taking our kids 1:1 on solo trips vs. big family vacations, and I share this to encourage you to consider this, too. Don’t get me wrong, family vacations...
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#PlantPowered {Why I Love to Grow My Own}

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Two houses and four years it’s taken me to grow a true garden, and now that I’m able to grow my own, I am absolutely ecstatic and want to share this new passion of...

Being Indefinitely Time Poor {Always Somewhere to Be}

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The term “time poor” popped up in a post on my Facebook feed one night when I was aimlessly scrolling and nothing has ever so accurately described motherhood for me before. Raising three kids,...