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What You Need To Know When You See a Teal Pumpkin

White, green, orange and maybe even yellow pumpkins, are found in just about any pumpkin patch, but have you ever seen a teal pumpkin? I have. Ok, not in a pumpkin patch, but definitely on store shelves. Many see the teal pumpkins and think, “that’s pretty”. But, there is far more behind the teal pumpkinRead more

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Crushing Gender Roles: One Imagination Play at a Time

Gender roles.  What are they?  According to the World Health Organization, gender roles “refers to what males and females are expected to do (in the household, community and workplace) in a given society.” (WHO, Gender mainstreaming for health managers: a practical approach, 2011) I was not raised on gender roles. My mom and I ranRead more

This is The Fall Bonfire Hack Every House Needs

Beautiful falling leaves, wrapping up in cozy warm blankets next to the beautiful orange and red glow of an autumn bonfire and roasting marshmallows for s’mores. *sighs deeply* Those things, those are the things that make fall my favorite season. Sometimes starting a fire can be difficult, unless you are the person that throws gasolineRead more

A “Not-so-Evil” Step-mom’s plea to the Filmmakers of the 21st Century

Step-monster…oh how I loathe that word. When you hear of, or think about step-moms, the first thoughts are often mean, wicked, evil, unfair, uncompassionate… or just plain cold-hearted. Some of you may not know, but I am in fact a step-mom as well. My oldest child is my bonus child from my husband’s first marriage.Read more

weeds, worry, and doing the hard thing, a motherhood perspective on gardening and it's relation to self care, because sometime the thing we dread doing we dread is the thing we need to do the most

Weeds, Worry, and Doing the Hard Thing

I’ve had a garden for two summers now. Okay, that’s not completely the truth. I’ve attempted gardening for three years. I didn’t know Laranda and her magical green thumb, and while my mom grows beautiful flowers, she’s never grown for food. The first year was awful, and I almost gave up. Maybe if I hadn’tRead more

What You Need To School at Home: The Ultimate Back to School Supply List

It’s August. For most people that means that the school year will begin soon (if it hasn’t already). School supply lists, back-to-school clothes shopping, or new uniforms are topping every parent’s must buy list. And every mom is praying their kids don’t have another massive growth spurt before school is up! All of the back-to-schoolRead more