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Let your kids be their own tree. They aren’t a bonsai tree for you to clip and mold into exactly what you want them to be. Let them be different. Different is good.

Be Your Own Tree

One of my favorite things about living in Connecticut is watching the leaves change color in the fall. The phenomenon is gorgeous, and an entire industry is built here in…

The Time I Lost My Fitbit

If you’ve noticed that I’ve gained some weight recently, thank you for keeping it to yourself, and no, I’m not pregnant. I’d just taken a break from worrying about the…

Does Back to School for Kids Mean Back to School for Mom?

I have always loved to read and write. As a child, I devoured as many books as I could get my hands on, and I wrote my first opinion piece…

Date Night

  Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. It was on a Saturday, and friends had agreed to watch our kids for the evening, so yeah, I…

Tips and tricks for talking to kids about school. A great resource for parents to find out what's really happening in their kids' school day!

Going Beyond “How Was Your Day?”

Last week my kids went back to school. My son entered second grade, ready to learn “multiplication, division, and pretty much lots of math stuff.” He was hopeful that there…

One mom's hilarious attempt at exercising. From @FunnyIsFamily.

Exercise: What Not to Do

I started exercising again today. I’m bragging right now, because exercise, and also because I planned on recommitting to working out after the kids went back to school, and they don’t…

No White Flags

Are you weary of the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS? I was. No one close to me has suffered from ALS, and how many times can I watch my Facebook…

Helping a Heart

I have a friend. No really, I do! Tara and I became close in middle school, and our friendship remained strong through high school. We drifted apart in college, heading…

20 Things You Hear When Vacationing with Family

20 Things Overheard While Vacationing with Family

Last week, we descended upon a cabin in the woods with my husband’s family. Our group of 30 took over the main cabin and guest house, and we spent six…

Sunscreen bands are inexpensive and they work!

Were you at da’ club? No, those are Sunscreen Bands!

Raise your hand if you’re spending more time outside now that it’s summer! Raise your hand if you want to make sure your family’s skin is protected from the sun!…

A rookie gardener greens her thumb. By @FunnyIsFamily.

A Rookie Gardener Greens Her Thumb

Not to brag, but I have (so far) been successful in growing two kids without major incident. I have protected them from the elements, fed and watered them, and resisted…

The writing process of Amy Flory from @FunnyIsFamily

My Writing Process

I have a blog crush. Okay, I have like fifteen of them, but one of them is Stephanie Jankowski from When Crazy Meets Exhaustion. If you read blogs at work,…

With careful planning, camping with kids is fun for all. Here is a comprehensive list of camping gear, camping recipes, and camping tips for making your camping trip go smoothly!

Camping With Kids

My kids love camping. I mean, find me a five and seven-year-old who don’t live for playing outside, getting dirty, and staying up late to roast marshmallows over a fire…

The Line

Fifty four. If I would have counted the number of people in line, I may not have readily become its caboose. It was long, but we were hungry, and it…

A tale of high school embarrassment and wayward underwear.

Under Where?

I exhaled a breathy sigh of relief, and flung myself into my chair, pulling my shoulder length, puffy brown hair into a ponytail with the scrunchie that perfectly matched my…

What I'm doing when I'm "cleaning."

What I’m Doing When I’m Cleaning

My mom is visiting for a week. Overnight house guests are rare for us, what with all of our family living across the country, and since I like to save…

Kids go crazy for these fun Butterfly Corn Dogs!

Butterfly Birthday Party

A few weeks ago, my youngest child turned five. She had requested a butterfly birthday cake, and with the help of our local library’s cake pan program, I was able…

@RobynHTV teaching Creating Graphics at #BlogU14

BlogU14: Coming Down Off the Mountain

For a woman in her mid-thirties, I think about college far too frequently. One of my most popular posts is about my collegiate days, I’ve reminisced about my roommates and…

10 Ways I Know my Kid is Ready for Kindergarten

My daughter will be entering kindergarten in the fall, a fact that boggles my mind every other minute. I don’t know what it is about watching my offspring grow. I…

These colored rice candle holders with mason jars are easy and inexpensive!

Colored Rice Candleholders

The older my kids get, the more I enjoy doing crafts and projects with them. I no longer have to do the lion’s share of the work, they appreciate the…

The true story of swimming while being an idiot. A cautionary tale.

The Time I Almost Died of Stupidity

In 1991, my happy place was my grandparents’ swimming pool. That summer, when I was no longer a middle schooler, but not yet a high schooler, I spent most of…

Sometimes "good enough" is just that.

Best Mom

“Why don’t you ever give me things like this?” I ask my seven-year-old son as I hold up a drawing from his sister. It is a flower, colorless except for…

What Five-Year-Olds Do At Soccer

My kids are playing soccer this year, and while my seven-year-old is playing actual games, with passing, and plays, and scores and stuff, my almost five-year-old is learning skills in…

For My Son, on His Seventh Birthday

My boy is seven, a fact that seems as crazy as when they let us bring him home from the hospital a mere six years and 363 days ago. I…

The Cracks On My Face

“I don’t like my skates,” my four-year-old mentioned quietly, as we sat on the bleachers outside of our local ice skating rink. It was our family’s first time ice skating together,…

I Prayed for my Husband Before We Met

When I was a zitty, hormonal 14-year-old, I began praying for my future husband. Someone, either my mother or a church youth leader, gave me this idea, and I thought…

Relationship Advice from the Funniest Women on the Internet

When I make new friends, I like to freak them out by either sharing an embarrassing story about myself, or asking them so many questions they think I work for the government. Since…

The Little Blue House

When I was 14, my parents bought a house across the street from our town’s high school. Ours had always been a home that had a few extra kids hanging…

Connecticut Science Center

It’s still winter. Have you noticed? We certainly have, and are pining for spring days that bring trips to the park and the ability to go outside without the task…

Snapshots and Memories

As I watch my four-year-old daughter skip down the walkway, away from her brother’s elementary school, my breath catches in my throat. The sun sparkling on her messy bun, her…