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Vacation All I Ever Wanted …

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Summertime and the living is easy. Somewhat. Well, it was during vacation. πŸ™‚ We had one single goal for this vacation: relax. I would say we achieved the goal with flying colors. There is something very special about living on lake time. Late mornings turned into late nights. We never rushed or felt like we needed to get something done. It was just really, really good. I encourage a schedule-free vacation for everyone once in a while!...

Podcasts for the Mamas in the Front Row

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I’ve been on a podcast kick lately. I don’t remember the first podcast I listened to nor do I remember how I really found out about the first one I heard, but something that immediately captured me, and a reason why I really love many of the podcasts I listen to today, are the unique perspective on the subject matter. Granted, the majority of the podcasts I listen to focus around motherhood, parenting and family life, but that is a...

Homemade Watercolors

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Our little girl is a lover of making. Not a day goes by where she isn’t coloring a page, making a card or drawing with chalk. She adores color. So, when I noticed a few paint recipes floating around Pinterest, I started doing a little research on what we could do at home. Anything new that we can add to the mix is great. Add in the fact that this recipe is EASY just adds to my motherly joy....

Father’s Day

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I’m late on the post but not on the sentiment. You can bet your bootie we try our best to celebrate this dude every day of our lives because father’s day shouldn’t just be one day a year. These fellas, my dad included, do a million and one little things every single day to make sure we are ready to take on just about anything … and if it’s something we can’t handle, I’m sure dad can lend the helping...

The Dance of Motherhood

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Dance by definition is both a noun and a verb. Dance as a noun typically means a gathering of people joined by a common theme to partake in the verb of dance. Dance as a verb means to move one’s feet or body in either a choreographed or freeform way. Music is optional but most often present in both definitions of the word. Dance: sometimes intimidating but often rewarding and in my mind, really fun....

Work-[Family] Life Balance

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Days and weeks can get messy. Things get lost in the fold. I can’t remember the last time I saw my daughter’s favorite socks [and cue her request for said socks NOW]. Moments when I genuinelyΒ Β connect with my husband seem to sometimes be lifetimes apart. My daughter sometimes whimpers as I put her to bed as she just wants 5 more minutes of me. It’s within these moments that I ask for grace and seek the strength to reignite the...

Mother Lovin’ Feelings

Happy early holiday weekend, friends. This week has just been an off one for me. My crew? Not so much. They never skip a beat with needing and wanting and asking and begging … <sorta>just kidding</sorta>. Because of this weird funk, I did what any digital mama would do … I took to the blogs. I just need to say this: there are some wonderfully talented and just rockstar mamas out there. I can’t help but find comfort that I...

Four Local Coffee Spots

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No matter where you are in St. Louis, there is sure to be a place very close by serving up awesome brew in a unique way. We make caffeine treks every weekend to discover something new. I’m sharing just four of my new faves from around town. Enjoy! S U M PΒ  C O F F E E // Cool, calm but not commonplace. The baristas love what they do and it shows. The Worka brew is seriously something amazing...

Mother’s Day Weekend Rewind

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Why do the days just fly by? So unfair. My girl needs more cuddles, my bubbs needs more kisses, my family needs more phone calls, my friends need more “us”. S L O W D O W N. Just me? No? Good. Although the days and months and years seem to fly by, there is no shortage of love, understanding and appreciation. Mother’s Day weekend was no exception. As a daughter, granddaughter and mom, the day was filled, to say...

Chai Donuts with Almond Glaze

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I know this might be slightly out of season, but I can’t help it. For some reason, when a cool spring day welcomes us on the weekend, I just want to bake. When we had the last cool morning, I was eager to try out baked chai donuts. I love the warm flavors that make up this batter. Those flavorsΒ topped with almond anything makes me one happy lady. And I hope you enjoy it as much as me! Let’s just...