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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

Dear Mama, please don’t put your car seat in the shopping cart seat

Dear Fellow Mama in the Grocery Store, Please know I am coming from a place of love and concern. I don't share this photo lightly, and I definitely don't share it to shame. I tried to make sure to remove as many identifying factors as I could. And I totally wanted to steal your Oreos [...]

By | 2017-10-09T14:42:34+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Family, Parenting, Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Getting Real about Toddler Sleep

The clock on my phone reads 11:18 AM. My daughter just fell asleep for her nap, and I brewed my third cup of coffee so far today. As I sip it, I want to get real with you about toddler sleep, at least in our house. If you can relate, grab a cup of coffee [...]

By | 2017-09-07T17:26:54+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Family, Parenting, Parenting After Loss, Stitch|0 Comments

Hope Floats: Hot Air Balloons as a Symbol of Hope

Things look a little differently around here at Meek Manor. We've had a hot air balloon make-over! When my husband and I met at a coffee shop in 2011, we were drawn to each other through our love of comic books and children's literature. We each identified with a character, and we quickly became known [...]

By | 2017-09-03T22:11:36+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|Admin, News, Our Story, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Request an Usborne Books & More Catalog

The Meek household has kept super busy this summer--with both planned fun and some unexpected experiences. Summer seems to be slipping by. Soon comes fall, which is my favorite time of year, especially in New England. So gorgeous! But! Before we get ahead of ourselves, July also means the release of the Fall/Winter Usborne Books [...]

By | 2017-09-04T22:52:36+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Documenting Motherhood: I am a Courageous Mama

I take a lot of pictures of my daughter. I'm actually not sure I want to know exactly how many iPhone photos I've taken of her since she was born. I send pictures to Daddy and the grandparents during the day. I take photos of her wearing clothes or playing with toys that were gifted [...]

By | 2017-09-04T22:53:19+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Our Story, Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

May’s Featured Book: Gift Pack of Literary Quotes, Folk Art Patterns to Color, & Crayola Colored Pencils

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, and Sunday is Mother's Day. May is also filled with graduation celebrations. So, when I was choosing our featured book(s) for May, I wanted something more gifty for adults. Coloring books fit the bill! They're all the rage right now--a great mindfulness activity and their benefits are well-documented. May's featured [...]

By | 2017-09-04T22:54:10+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Usborne Books & More|0 Comments
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