Ashley Varol

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Emergency Rooms Suck – Here’s How to Make Them Suck Less

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Emergency Rooms suck.  There's no denying that. No matter how many nice plants and things are in the waiting room, it is a scary, awful, germy place to be. One of the biggest differences from...
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How I Know My Son is Ready for All-day Kindergarten

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My oldest has reached the magical age of five and a half and will begin kindergarten very soon. We've gotten to enjoy all these new firsts: picking out a backpack, getting the supplies list...
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WANTED: A Tribe (& Can We Take Turns Being the Chief?)

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You can spend hours upon hours learning about how important it is to have a tribe (such as this Motherly article). Or you can ponder how different it is to raise a child in...

One Last Chance: How Having Multiples Makes You Want to Multiply

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For the record (and for anyone I know who may read this) - no, I am not pregnant. But the thought of being pregnant again doesn't exactly sound terrible. You see - having multiples had opposite...
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Everyday Fun: Household Finds to Keep Them Occupied

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If you came to my house, you'd honestly think we raided a Once Upon a Child or scored big as a toy store went out of business. My husband, who grew up in Istanbul,...

DIY Project: Painted Rocks

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Rainy Day Gratitude, Sunny Day Joy "When a child gives you a gift, even if it is a rock they just picked up, exude gratitude.  It might be the only they have to give, and...

Overcoming a Carsick Kid

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I can count on my hands the number of times my oldest has gotten sick in his five years of life. While he has had his fair share of breathing emergencies as an asthmatic...

Used To…

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Before kids... I used to go to the mall without a pack of baby wipes in my purse and snot stuck to my shirt. I used to buy concert tickets as if they were free. I used...

Never Giving Up My Role: #MomagerForLife

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There are so many phrases we grow up with that help us realize why mom is really the one in charge of the house.  I'm sure you were told once to behave because moms...