Lori Parish

Lori Parish
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Originally from near Pittsburgh PA, Lori moved to Memphis in 2009. She has a passion for working with special needs children as an ABA therapist and also teaches swim lessons out of her own pool each summer. Lori is married to Ryan, an archaeology professor at the U of M. Together they have five great kids; Ali (April 2007), Asher (Dec 2009), Kates (Oct 2012), Paige (April 2014) and Gwendolyn (July 2019). Lori loves Jesus, lattes and grocery shopping alone. She's not a fan of getting up early in the morning!
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Eleven Reasons Why Age Eleven is the Worst

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Yesterday, I wrote a blog about how awesome toddlerhood is. (FYI, it's my favorite age. Ever.) And it got me thinking about the ages I do like and the ones I don't. And while...
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18 Reasons Why 18 Months Is My Favorite Age

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Ah, the joys of motherhood. If you're a FTM (that's lingo for first time mom), you may or may not have delved into the toddler phase. This phase I loosely categorize from approximately age...
first time mom with baby

I Feel Like I Was a Better Mom When I Had Just 1 Kid

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There are pros and cons to having a big family. We have 5 kids, and there's definitely families out there that have more children than we do. My husband and I always talked about...
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I Purrfectly Love You : Valentine Art Boxes {FOR SALE}

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Wait a meow-ment! Are you kitten me? (Nope, we are not.) Valentine's Day is actually one of our favorite holidays here at Memphis Mom Collective. And yes, while it's considered a "Hallmark" holiday, giving...
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New Year, New You? Probably Not.

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Are you a New Year's Resolution person? Personally, I'm not. My yearly "reset" is more around the kids going back to school in August. I get motivated to "change my ways" when we're all...
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Friday Favorites by Lori

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Whoo-whee. It's Friyay! And that means another round up of Friday Favorites! These things have, surprisingly in some cases, brought me much joy over the past few months. Maybe they will for you too....
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{EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT} Deck the Walls : A Holiday Wreath Making Event

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Gather your girlfriends, neighbors, "quarantine pods," bible study groups, fellow PTO moms, or your family members -- and get ready for an afternoon of festive fun! Join us Sunday, December 6th for our first...
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10 Picture Books about Voting & Elections

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Students begin learning about ourAmerican democracy in elementary school but what about little kids? To be honest, even as a parent, it's hard sometimes to explain to our older kids the difference between electoral...
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The Ultimate Mega List : Top Toys and Gifts for Every Age!

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Although it's only October, we're already dreaming of cooler temperatures and holiday festivities. We know that many parents are already discussing what to get for their kids this year. (Since the pandemic, has anyone...
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19 Best {Holiday} Toys for 6 Year Old Boys

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Editors Note: There are many research-based articles on the pros and cons of gender-specific toys, a topic that many parents are passionate about. In our toy series with our partner Wicked Uncle, we will be...