5 Ways Disney on Ice Gets It Right

This post is in partnership with Feld Entertainment. Thirty-five years ago I entered a coloring contest in the local paper in hopes of winning two tickets to the ‘Ice Capades.’ Somehow I won the contest...

When Martin Luther King, Jr. Entered Our Home

You might find it odd that our bathroom is decorated with black and white photos of people that inspire me. Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Bono, and Martin Luther King Jr. are just...

4 Fail-Proof and Budget-Friendly Gifts to Purchase for the Holidays

We have all heard the saying, "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue," but I have a new one for you, and it has nothing to do with weddings. It has to everything...
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How Long ‘Til We Go to Grandma’s? How to Count Down to Fun Events

Kids are concrete and time is abstract. I love sharing our future plans with our children so they have the joy of anticipating fun events and trips. What I don’t love is the constant...
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Take What You Need

I walked into the coffee shop and ordered my half-decaf soy latte with one raw sugar, stood next to the barista bar and noticed a black and white picture of hands holding a bouquet...
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No More Pilgrims & ‘Indians’ – Honoring Indigenous People at Thanksgiving

Raise your hand if you ever dressed up as an "Indian" as a child, were told to sit "Indian style," have spoken about having a pow wow or mimicked the noises of a Native...

When Going Nowhere Does So Much!

Where’s the best place to visit with my kids? How do I keep my kids entertained? What sports should my kids play? We are so inundated with go, go, go for our kids that...
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Monster Trucks. Monster Jam. Monster Fun!

There's still time to get tickets for today and tomorrow's Monster Jam shows at the SAP Center. Use our promo code for 25% off Sunday's tickets! *Tickets must be purchased by today (Saturday) to take advantage...
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How Your Kids’ Friendships Help Them Through Periods of Transition

We know that friendships are powerful sources of life and help us build self-confidence. What a gift both of my children have had in building strong bonds with others. Yet, there have been periods...
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Chores! Chores? Chores.

My kids are six and eight. When I remember back to my childhood at that age, I was folding laundry for the family (not just my own), doing dishes on a tri-weekly rotation with...
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