Within my 39 years of life, I must admit that the year 2020 has held its own voice of the heart. One can say the number 2020 and there is a collective sigh of shared struggle that is understood...

My Rapidly Emptying Nest

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I have three teenagers. Next fall, the oldest will be headed to college (Covid-willing; please let this crapshow be in the rearview mirror by then). While college is still a few years off for the younger two, our house...
When you become a mom, nothing can adequately prepare you for all the emotions you'll have. The intense love and sense of awe when you first see your baby, the pride as they grow and meet their milestones, the...
It is the holiday season... even if it may not feel like it. I had to phone a friend to come up with ideas for this article because honestly, I can drown in the daily news. When this happens,...
Dear Moms with covid fatigue, Ugh, sometimes I sit down and think that it has been NINE LONG MONTHS since the covid pandemic has started. Nine months! A child could have been conceived and been born in the time that...
The 2020 holiday season won’t look the same as years past. Messenger Kids is here to bring the holiday cheer and help kids connect with fellow comrades and fam during a socially-distanced holiday season. Designed for kids ages 6...
Perhaps you have a teenager or younger kiddo who is quick to anger and/or overly dramatic. They try your patience and they stretch your self-control ("I'm not going to yell, I'm not going to yell," you may...
One of my kids’ favorite parts about getting out the Christmas decorations at our house is pulling out all of the Christmas books. It is like they are being reacquainted with long lost friends. They spend the...
The pandemic has been rough for everyone! Many people have not been able to see family since March, which is exactly my case. My parents came in March and headed back one day before they decided to close the borders...
What I am about to tell you is not new, but I do feel like it's become a dangerous normality. I am emotionally and physically connected to my phone. It's a muse I have felt validated in defending. "It makes...

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Cheers to 4 Years {Celebrating Fiona’s Birthday on Jan. 24}

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Four years ago, a preemie hippo named Fiona took the world by storm and stole Cincinnati's heart. That tiny 29-pound hippo is now a...