Get Yo’ Craft On: DIY Magnetic Chore Chart!

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“Kennedy, pick up your toys.” “Kennedy, brush your teeth.” “Kennedy, put your dishes in the sink.” Again & again & again… times infinity.  I was SO #OVER IT. Sooooo… to make things seem “fun” and to possibly save my sanity, I decided to make a DIY chore chart for her to visually see what she needs to do… and what…

Uncomfortable Necessities: Talking Private Parts & Saying NO! to a 4 Year Old

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Jungle Princess Playfully Hiding

“And you know if anyone touches you here, to tell Mommy or Daddy, right?” I asked Kennedy, feeling uncomfortable in my own skin, talking to her about something so vile and obscene, that I honestly could have cried. But this conversation, sparked this time during a post-beach shower, was the second time this week it had come up. Passing comments…

Discovering Nature with Compass Crate

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Often I feel overwhelmed by the consumerism Kennedy is now accustomed to.  What was once a faraway thing, living in Costa Rica, has become an every day occurrence of “OOH, I want that… and that… and that.”  The simplicity of our lives there, with very little access to “material things” and a surplus of nature, is definitely the number one…

The Scattered Brain of a Young Entrepreneur… And How I Finally Figured Out How to Embrace It.

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Screw being a fly on a wall… you should jump inside my head for a day.  If I am even able to turn off the “Mom Brain” for a moment, it turns into a mumble jumble of details for an app I’m thinking of, a great opening line to a someday novel, a new ingredient to work with or an…

I’m Here… I promise.

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As I stand here watching Kennedy paint, in my parent’s kitchen, eating Abasi’s left over ice cream birthday cake, still frozen solid enough to poke with a knife and eat it like a savage, I am reminded of the randomness of life… yet again. Only a year ago, I was writing a birthday blog follow up about how much our…

Kindness of a Stranger, Strength of Yourself

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Yesterday got off to a swinging start.  Running late at 8am to meet an installation technician at Lazy Mon, I knew I had to get gas or I would never make it to the bar at all.  Hoping on all hopes that I wouldn’t run out of gas before getting to the station, I headed out of town to spend…

Epic Parenting Fail: Lesson Well Learned About the Letter “K”

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Friends, every now and then you screw up in such an innocent but epically bad way that you can’t help but to laugh at yourself.  With all of the sadness lately, the stress over the holidays, the protests and injustices happening around the world, let’s take a quick second to laugh. Any parent that is teaching letters to their child…

All Dogs Go to Heaven: Facing the Elephant in the Room

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39 days it took to face the elephant in the room. 39 days ago (which was 2 days ago when I initially started writing this post, umm HELLO LIFE!)  we had to let our 12 year old German Shepherd go to her final rest.  And with only her son Bentley left behind the big bag of dog food began to stare at…

Stop Drinking the Hate Juice: Learning to Celebrate Another Mother’s Efforts

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WOW, can you hear that? No, you can’t because it’s called silence. The pounding and jackhammering in my head has finally subsided. And now that the mini construction demons are done sandblasting their way through my skull and my nose has returned to actually smelling things, I am happy to say I’m BACCKK!! But with me come my thoughts and…