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The Meaning Behind Our Family Portrait

After my son was born, I had a strong passion to ensure that our family years were documented. It wasn’t until much later when I actually understood why. Having a little family of my own was always the ultimate dream, and fortunately, my dreams have come true. I have a supportive, best friend for a husband, […]

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CBA Scholars Academy students in Mammel Hall

April 18, 2017

Beyond Academics—Preparing Your Kids for College

We all want the best for our kids—we want them to take our triumphs and improve upon them, avoid our mistakes, and generally be more successful. Tessa wrote about ways to set up your teen for success in high school, and I want to extend that to help prepare your kids for college.              As […]

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Tax Season: Confessions of a CPA’s Wife

New Year’s Eve: for most people it means resolutions and celebrations. For me, it signals the start of tax season and my husband being MIA for the next three months. Every year I mentally prepare, and since we’ve had kids, the preparation not only means knowing the jobs he does around the house are now mostly my […]

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Road Trippin’ Tips

Some of my favorite childhood memories took place on road trips. Every summer, my dad would grab the newest Atlas, my Mom would pack our neon clothes (hello 90s!), and they’d lay down the backseats of our station wagon for another trip to remember. You know the station wagon I’m talking about..the one with the […]

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Mama: You Need to Meditate

My Problematic Morning Mantra to my Kids: “Come on. Let’s go.” “Your socks aren’t on yet, and school starts soon. Let’s do this, kiddos.” “You forgot what at home? We’ll have to hurry back to get it.” “We’re late. Hurry, kids!” Diagnosing the Problem One morning, on our drive to school, I really reflected on […]

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Teaching Disciplined Digital Use – Part III of Cyber Wellness

On November 10th, 2017 I attended a Digital Literacy Conference which addressed concerns about the powerful effect of the Media and Digital Technology on our youth.  The following is a continuation of two former posts:  Media’s Influence on Youth – Part I of Cyber Wellness and Gender Stereotyping – Part II of Cyber Wellness. Media […]

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Pump with Love

When my first daughter was born, the labor and delivery were not at all what we were expecting. A long labor–turned c-section–wasn’t really the delivery I was hoping for, but we got our baby girl in the end, so it was all worth it. Despite being so tired, I could hardly stay awake. However, my […]

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Last month, beloved fans and National Public Television celebrated 50 years of Mister Rogers Neighborhood.  I don’t know about you, but I grew up watching Mr. Rogers and found comfort in his quiet demeanor and the imaginative Neighborhood of Make Believe.  There was this sense that everything had its correct place, daily tasks could be […]

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