Emily Ringo

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I am a Cincinnati girl, born and raised. After a brief hiatus to attend the University of South Carolina (go Cocks!), my husband and I moved back home with a 1 year old in tow (she's now 10!). Since then, we have added three more kiddos to our family (ages 6, 4 and 2), and I am lucky enough to hang out with them all day. We love reading, getting crafty, and making huge messes that we will definitely clean up...tomorrow. When I'm not surrounded by children, I dabble in exercise, enjoy reading a good book, and can frequently be found binging on Netflix with my favorite guy. About a year ago, a Pinterest “I can do that!” project painting little superheroes for my son turned into an Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/woolyllama) which I manage to run in my “free time”. I may be slightly sleep deprived, but I wouldn't trade a minute of my crazy, busy, wonderful life!

Believe it or Not: A Letter to My Tweenage Daughter

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Growing up is not easy. The past few months have been a bit rough, as I am sure you know. The next few years, like it or not, may follow suit. As you make...

20 Questions? Must Be Nice…

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On a recent trip to St. Louis, I came across this sign at The Magic House, an absolutely amazing children's museum there: My initial thought? “Only 437? Isn't that a bit low?” Of course I...

Screen Free Summer? We Did It!

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Summer in our house lasted 10 ½ weeks this year. That's 76 days. Or, if you want to get really specific, 1,824 hours. Factor in about 8 hours each day spent sleeping, that leaves...

A Note of Thanks

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When I sat down to write this post, my intention was to approach my "thank you" with a little more sarcasm. You know, thank you to the lovely woman who recommended that I try...

The Big 1-0: Ten Ways I’ve Changed Since Becoming a Mom

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This past spring, my oldest daughter hit double digits. They say kids grow up in the blink of an eye, and wow are they right. A lot has changed over ten years. Yes, my...

A Lesson in Forgiveness

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A few weeks before the end of school, my ten year old inadvertently revealed her crush. By some crazy stroke of fate, the boy happened to have a younger sister in the same class...

Rock Bottom

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Today I failed. Big time. I should have known it was destined to be a doozy. By sunrise I had stepped on no less than ten Legos. A good day never begins like that....

Beyond Cincinnati: 6 Reasons to Visit the Columbus Zoo

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We love our Cincinnati Zoo. LOVE it. No matter how often we go (and we go a LOT), the kids and I have a blast. Every time. However, sometimes a change can be fun....

Screen Free Summer? Let’s Do This!

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When we first introduced the idea of a screen free summer to the kids, I had braced myself for some serious whining, a healthy helping of “this is so unfair”, and plenty of “but none...

Confession: I Am My Mother

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Several weeks ago, my kids and I were enjoying P.D. Eastman's Are You My Mother for about the billionth time. You know the one. “'Are you my mother?” said the bird. 'No, I am...