Reflections on the Holiday Season

The upswing for my holiday season has been at best, a little odd. Please allow me to share with you the wacky things that have been going on at my house this season… I have a seven year old boy … Continue reading

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I am in a very thankful mood

I am in a very thankful mood.  My children are happy and healthy, my husband is home from an overseas military deployment, and my home is relatively in order.  I have dinner cooking on the stove and laundry in the … Continue reading

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The Foodie Crew

The Foodie Crew…What Healthy School Snacks Can YOU Recommend? 1-2-3 GO!  All 21 kindergarten students popped their pomegranate seed into their mouths.   “MMMM” and “EWWW” rang out simultaneously as they experienced the sour pop of the seed on their waiting … Continue reading

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Help Teach an Old Dog Some New Tricks

My house is currently charmingly quiet.  My husband is off at the store buying the ingredients so he can make a cake, something he has missed doing in the past few months.  My boys are lying in their beds reading … Continue reading

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I Learned Something Too

So my third child had his first day of school back in September.  He has been visiting the neighborhood school since he was two days old.  I am in and out, in kids’ classrooms, and doing school-related activities all the … Continue reading

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Practicing Meditation

The Appleton Area School District recently facilitated a city-wide Compassion Project.  All of the elementary schools and many of the intermediate and high schools participated, discussing the meaning of compassion and how it affects our daily lives.  School children made … Continue reading

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Yelling to Stop Yelling

During the summer months I often find myself feeling like a baseball stadium hot dog vendor in regards to my communications with my children.  I am constantly putting my head out the back door, window, or front door and yelling … Continue reading

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A Hot Dog in the Snow

I look out my upstairs window down into my backyard. I am dreaming about the vegetable garden this year and of planting blueberry and lingonberry bushes behind my garage when I spot something odd…a hot dog. Why is there a … Continue reading

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There are Goats at My Kitchen

Food consumption at my house is at an all-time high. My two boys, now aged 5 and 6 (Happy Birthday), are eating as if they are actually goats. The other night, we had our typical St. Patrick’s Day sodium-laced food … Continue reading

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Get Active Vacations

Ahh – vacation! With spring break coming up, followed shortly by our beautiful Wisconsin summer, I have been thinking about vacation, but with the increase in gas prices and overall concerns about the economy, vacation seemed out of reach.  Ta … Continue reading

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