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Not just Irish comfort in Potato and Leek Soup | Moms (1)

November 25, 2014 — 

One of my favorite winter time foods is soup. The smell of it simmering on the stove on a cold winter day is always comforting and of course makes your …

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Idiot's guide to morning routines with young children | Moms (2)

November 25, 2014 — 

The other day, a girlfriend and I went out for coffee.  Her kids go to the same preschool as my girls so when we decided to meet up, we planned on …

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Tips from the teacher on managing toddler years | Moms (3)

November 25, 2014 — 

A while back, someone at my book club meeting said that they had learned a few things from watching their child’s preschool teachers. The teachers had some tools that made …

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Simple Roast Chicken with Apples and Mapled Butternut Squash | Moms (4)

November 25, 2014 — 

Every so often my life changes focus. These days my phrase is, “Live Gently, Love Passionately." Even the trees seem to take their time changing from green to the glorious …

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Family holiday event guide | Moms (5)

November 25, 2014 — 

Festival of Lights, Holiday Village and Giant Nutcracker  November 23, 2014 - January 1, 2015, River Forks Park  Sunday - Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Holidays …

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What is Emanuel Syndrome? | Moms (6)

November 21, 2014 — 

My daughter Allison was born with Emanuel Syndrome. It's a rare birth defect caused by an extra chromosome 22 mixed with material from chromosome 11. Early on, her genetic disorder …

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Pumpkin Pie Muffins | Moms (7)

November 20, 2014 — 

It’s fall, my favorite time of year! I love the beautiful colors of the trees, and the cooler weather is a nice change after the hot days of a fun-filled …

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Favorite tradition "The Nutcracker" coming soon | Moms (8)

November 20, 2014 — 

Traditions are very important to me. A long-standing tradition can bring families together in ways that not much else can. It warms my heart to hear my not-so-little children saying …

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What I brought home from Hawaii | Moms (9)

November 20, 2014 — 

A few weeks ago I was on a lounge chair watching the sun rise over a Hawaiian Island. This morning I woke up in a dark fall morning panic because …

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Thanksgiving: Who's got the dishes? | Moms (11)

November 20, 2014 — 

My sister-in-law and I have Thanksgiving down to a science.  After years of making all the dishes required to fit each family member’s requests for the perfect Thanksgiving spread, we’ve got …

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Changing perspective when Thanksgiving sucks | Moms (12)

November 19, 2014 — 

I woke up this morning feeling extra sorry for myself and decided I was going to write a blog entitled “Thanksgiving: I Hate Everything.”  It was all squared away in my …

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Pioneer-style steak fajitas | Moms (13)

November 18, 2014 — 

I stumbled across an episode of “Pioneer Woman” several years ago and have been hooked on Ree Drummond’s recipes ever since. As it turns out, we have much in common. …

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Putting a spin on Taco Tuesday | Moms (14)

November 18, 2014 — 

You’ve heard of Taco Tuesday. Some families utilize the catchphrase to avoid another night of attempting something creative for dinner. We all know how exhausting it is to come up …

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Oregon car seat laws and FAQ | Moms (15)

November 18, 2014 — 

As the weather turns cold and we start to plan holiday trips, now seems like a good time to review an often overlooked item on the pre-trip checklist: car seats. …

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November 17, 2014 — 

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Survival Guide: When Dad travels | Moms (17)

November 17, 2014 — 

I never look forward to my husband being away, but I have gotten to a place where I can make the most of it. After lots of trial and error, …

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The art of hospitality | My ABC Soup (18)

November 16, 2014 — 

I love to open my doors and gather guests at my table. I love lingering meals and rich conversation. I love what can happen to relationships over a simple dinner …

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Bleary-eyed and battle weary | Moms (19)

November 13, 2014 — 

The last three weeks or so of this momma's life have been full and long. I have been to at least a dozen doctor's appointments, comforted my sweet baby girl …

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4 ways to keep the joy this holiday season | Moms (20)

November 13, 2014 — 

There are not very many days until Christmas. I love the fall and I want to enjoy every bit of the fun that brings, but the reality is once you …

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