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Having the grace to mother my no longer nursing toddler

On Mothering My No-Longer-Nursing Toddler {and Having the Grace to Do So}

Full disclosure: I nursed my older two children for years. I’m talking darn near forever. Suffice it to say that it was longer than two years for both of them. EACH. It just worked for us, and I’m grateful for it. I have read La Leche League’s Mothering Your Nursing Toddler. It meant so much to […]

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Oatmeal Recipes for the whole family to enjoy

Oatmeal Options for the Entire Family to Enjoy #CMBOats

As the weather cools down, I look for heartier options for my family for breakfast. Cold cereal just doesn’t cut it when the air “stings the toes and bites the nose”. One of my favorite breakfasts is steel-cut oats with a variety of fruits, nuts, seeds, and spices to make the breakfast of champions even […]

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#momselfie

I take selfies because, if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be in the picture. When you look back at family photos, faded in albums or in boxes, still smelling of chemical development and see evidence of your mom. You can see her in your haircuts, the clothes you and your siblings donned, in birthday cakes, and […]

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Want to Put Your Mothering Skills to the Test? Send Your Kids to Summer Camp!

  You think you’ve taught your kids how to perform basic daily tasks? To that, I say, ha! When our oldest two left for camp, we were in the throes of labeling, packing, and ensuring that the youngest of the two can wipe himself, brush his hair, and keep track of his toothpaste. All those […]

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Arbor Day

Arbor Day: You Won’t Want to Leaf This One Off the Calendar

Trees are terrific. Perhaps you remember that Arbor Day commercial with the crooning cardinal from the 80s? Even though I was young watching Saturday Morning Cartoons, I still remember the lyrics persuading me, in no uncertain terms, to hug a tree.  In addition to poorly animated commercials about trees and water conservation, our schools used to […]

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Get on Board with the Connector

The Mister and I have opposing viewpoints regarding the latest addition to Cincinnati streets. The new rail system thrills me! Like Johnny Cash said, “I’ve got a thing about trains.” Despite my husband’s practical side, he was pleased to see that the new Cincinnati Bell Connector was bustling with riders, and the streetcar stations were teeming […]

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sept11

Why We Should Remember 9/11 {and some tips for how to do so}

Fifteen years. A decade and a half. College. Odd jobs and a career. A marriage to a veteran. Two houses–one home. Three children. Two miscarriages. Two cats. Grocery trips. Endless nights nursing. Insurance. Dishes and laundry and books, oh my. Over the course of fifteen years, I somehow became an adult. I now balance our […]

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