Mandy Stockton

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New Ways to Celebrate the New Year

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Last year, my family decided to try out various New Year traditions from around the world. Some were more fun than others, but all were an interesting way to learn about customs in other...

Community Resources and Programs for Families in Need

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As the cold weather and holidays are upon us, we know this time of year can be difficult for many families. We put together some resources for those who might need shelter, winter clothing...

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...