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The Moments That Define Us

The Moments That Define Us Those ‘pinch-me’ moments.  You know the ones.  The ones where you’re sitting in a somewhat relaxed state watching your children play.  The ones when you’re on a hot beach and in the not so distant air is the smell of sea and the sound of waves.  And you mustn’t forget […]

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Why Every Family Needs A Dog

Why Every Family Needs A Dog I won’t lie to you. I am definitely one of those people who was obsessed with my pets … until the minute I brought my daughter home from the hospital. Now they serve as mostly a drain on my patience and finances. Don’t worry though, I’m sure when I […]

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Is Tech Stripping Kids Of Life Skills?

Is Tech Stripping Our Kids Of Life Skills? As an eighties-baby, I started my childhood tech-free, ended elementary school in ‘95 addicted to Oregon Trail, and made it through freshman year of college with a landline! 😱 Being forced to call someone, make plans, show up, and cross your fingers they show up as well, […]

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Mommy Daughter Dates In Austin

Mommy Daughter Dates In Austin Growing up I hid my love for unicorns, flowers, and even pink to make sure folks took me seriously in the chem lab, in AP math, so on. At some point, it dawned on me that a love for glitter and Taylor Swift didn’t negate my love of science. So […]

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Tried And True Bedtime Routine

Tried And True Bedtime Routine If there’s anything I’ve learned since becoming a parent, it’s that children thrive with structure. They want to know what’s happening when and what to expect. I know I’m not the only one who hears a broken record all day repeating, “Mommy, what are we doing in the morning?” I […]

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Parenting, A Different Kind Of Busy

Parenting, A Different Kind Of Busy Remember when you didn’t have kids and you were so busy? It was hard to get to the gym more than three times a week, to make it to all those social events, to get to the grocery store, to put away all the laundry. How dare anyone tell […]

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The Trick That Saved The Big Kid Bed Transition

The Trick That Saved The Big Kid Bed Transition Two years. You’d think that’s plenty of time to conquer the dreaded transitions. You hear more are on the horizon, but at this point, you’re a pro. Welcome to the big kid bed transition. I hear some people go through this phase flawlessly. I’m jealous. For […]

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Guide To Toddler-Friendly Indoor Play In Austin

Guide To Toddler-Friendly Indoor Play In Austin Even with Austin’s 300 days of sunshine each year, sometimes it’s just too chilly, wet, or sweltering to play outdoors. But with a toddler around, you’ve still got to get out of the house in order to survive, and finding toddler-friendly indoor play areas can be a challenge. […]

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2018 Flu Guide Thanks to Remedy

Sponsored By :: Remedy 2018 Flu Guide Thanks to Remedy It’s Flu Season We mamas know, it’s that time of year. The annual flu shot vaccination, have you gotten yours yet? Studies suggest, 145 million other people are going to be getting one. Whenever this time comes around, there are some FAQs that we always […]

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Melatonin For Kids?

Melatonin For Kids? Melatonin and Sleep Oh, sleep.  If you aren’t getting enough of it, I’m sending you a virtual hug.  Whether it’s your own grown up reasons for not getting great sleep, or your children are trying to slowly torture you by being terrible sleepers, I get you.  I’ve been there and done that.  […]

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How To Throw A Kids’ Christmas Party

How To Throw A Kids’ Christmas Party Planning a Christmas party for kids? This is the right time to get started. Thinking ahead is the key to making stress-free memories. Whether you’re hosting a kids’ Christmas party at home or helping to plan a party at school, here are some great ideas for a kid-friendly, […]

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Let Them Fail. Let Them Fall.

Let Them Fail. Let Them Fall. Last year I saw a presentation by Dr. Ron Friedman covering his book “Best Places to Work.” He was sharing modern-day culture strategies companies use to engage their employees. One strategy is rewarding employees for risks and failures. Basically, companies need their people to not be afraid to fail […]

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I Hate Elf On The Shelf

I Hate Elf On The Shelf Oh, Elf on the Shelf, how I loathe thee. This time last year, I viewed Elf on the Shelf as a whimsical tradition beloved by many. So, I nabbed one for my daughter, Henley. In true Courtney fashion, I didn’t read the book or ask anyone about the details. […]

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I Will Never Buy A Gun

I Will Never Buy A Gun Guns have always been a hot topic, but for my husband and I it’s always been an easy answer. No, guns are not for us. Let me also say, no I’m not trying to take your guns away (although I do wish there were stricter regulations). This post is […]

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