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Recommended Reading: Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

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Looking for some good books for your kiddos? We’ve got you covered. September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, so we’ve put together a list of books written by Hispanic or Latinx authors...
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Friday Favorites by Mandy

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The last time I wrote a Friday Favorites post, I had not been in a restaurant for a year. It makes me especially happy to now have a restaurant on my favorites list! Read...

Homeschooling Worked for Us, but I’m Calling It Quits

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Never in my life did I envision homeschooling my children. Nope, no way, never gonna happen. But then along came a pandemic. My twins were in their last year of preschool when we suddenly...

My Love for the Library

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If you’ve ever listened to Jen Hatmaker’s podcast (and if you haven’t, you should!), you’ve noticed she ends each interview by asking this question, which she borrows from Barbara Brown Taylor: what is saving...
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Friday Favorites by Mandy

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What are my favorite things? As I pondered this, I realized a recurring theme: escaping reality. Sounds about right after more than a year of "unprecedented times." (NOTE: I now officially hate the word...
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Recommended Reading :: Books for Black History Month and Beyond

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by Amelia Mansfield and Mandy Stockton If you’re anything like us, you’re always thinking of ways to build your child’s confidence, self-awareness, knowledge, and understanding of others. Books are an accessible tool for that, yet...

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

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Eleven years ago, my husband and I did the fancy meal to ring in the new year. We made reservations at a trendy restaurant, dressed up, and expected a lovely meal. We arrived and...

Is It Time to Rethink Thanksgiving?

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Let me be clear: I’m not suggesting we do away with Thanksgiving. In fact, I think we should make it a practice to reflect on gratitude more often. I’m proposing we take this day...

Twin Talk: Surviving the Early Years

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I have identical twins who are 6. They are best friends, they are smart and silly, and they make me laugh every day. They also fight over the most ridiculous things and drive me...

Halloween in the Age of Covid

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Ahhh, fall. Cooler weather, changing leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything and…Covid-19. How exactly will all our favorite fall activities work with social distancing? To be honest, I’ve been thinking about Halloween since June. But I quickly...