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Making Holiday Magic after Loss

I've been talking a lot about holiday magic lately. I feel it in me, and I see it in my daughter's eyes. Each night, she opens her Advent present so carefully, so expectantly, so delightfully. It's precious. I want to bottle these moments. But, if I was to be really honest, I'd tell you that [...]

Usborne Books & More Gift Pairing Guide: Preschoolers

Shopping season has arrived! Books pair so well with toys and clothes for gifts, so I wanted to put together some suggested pairings to inspire you as you shop for the kiddos in your life. This gift guide is geared towards preschoolers, age 3-5. {This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small [...]

By | 2017-12-06T12:19:44+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Gift Guide, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Usborne Books & More Gift Pairing Guide: Babies & Toddlers

Shopping season has arrived! Books pair so well with toys and clothes for gifts, so I wanted to put together some suggested pairings to inspire you as you shop for the kiddos in your life. This gift guide is geared towards babies and toddlers, ages 0-2. {This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn [...]

By | 2017-12-01T12:12:15+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Gift Guide, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Giving Thanks and Offering Hope: Tips to Survive the Holidays when your Heart Hurts

I'm feeling reflective this morning. It's Thanksgiving, and today we stuff ourselves with delicious food and kick off the holiday season. For the first time in several years, I'm actually genuinely excited about this holiday season. I'm sure there will be some tricky moments along the way, but after navigating three Thanksgivings, Christmases, and New [...]

By | 2017-11-23T11:11:35+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Family, Life after Loss|0 Comments

So, You’re Having a Baby: What do You Really Need?

*Photograph by Margaret Belanger Last week, Stitch and I rode the elevator with a very frazzled pregnant mama. She asked how old Stitch was. After I replied she said her babe needed to cook a little longer. Since I had that opening, I asked when she was due. "Three weeks," she replied. "I [...]

By | 2017-11-12T22:30:06+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Parenting, Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy After Loss|0 Comments

Two Words that Help me Keep my Sanity as a Parent: Developmentally Appropriate

Going places with my 20-month-old has started being much more of a process. She is choosing her own clothes and shoes, and she knows what she wants--even if it's to wear white dress shoes to the park. Before we can leave, she needs to choose a book and stuffie to bring with her in the [...]

By | 2017-10-23T15:06:42+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Just Life, Parenting, Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Tips for using Favorite Things to Encourage Early Language Development: Rainbows

The first stop in our favorite things series is rainbows. In the world of pregnancy loss and pregnancy after loss, rainbows signify the baby born after a loss: the rainbow after the storm of loss and grief. I didn't really embrace the whole "rainbow baby" thing while we were pregnant with Stitch, but this spring [...]

Parenting Joy: Her First Steps

Hold the presses! Our Halloween Favorite Things series will return tomorrow. Today we need to pause and celebrate. STITCH TOOK HER FIRST STEPS!!!! Ahem. Nope. Let me shout it again: STITCH TOOK HER FIRST STEPS!!!! Our 19.5-month-old little love has lagged in her gross motor development, and we broke down and had her evaluated by [...]

By | 2017-10-10T17:15:47+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Family, Parenting, Parenting After Loss, Stitch|0 Comments

Tips for using Favorite Things to Encourage Early Language Development: A Series

My husband, Lloyd, and I both love Halloween. I'm sure that's not terribly surprising, considering how we embrace imagination. I mean, we had Batman and Ladybug Girl elements in our wedding! As Halloween approaches this year, we've spent a fair amount of time considering a costume for Stitch, who will be 20-months-old. Should we do [...]

By | 2017-10-13T09:02:33+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Literacy|0 Comments

Our Ten Favorite Pirate Children’s Books

{This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission off of purchases made with no additional cost to you.} Long before I was married and had kiddos, I ran two different after school programs. I based much of my curriculum on children's literature and built quite the collection of children's books. [...]

By | 2017-10-09T14:24:10+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Literacy, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments
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