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Thanksgiving Lesson: Can’t Judge a Person by Their Neighborhood

Written By Kenna McHugh “The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” Charles Kuralt When I was nine years old, my Girl Scout troop organized a Thanksgiving project sharing home cooked meals from four different nationalities. The project not only taught me about ethnic foods but […]

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Thanksgiving Traditions: Turkey, Pies and ‘Thankful Tree’

Written byShelle LenssenAll families have their own way of doing Thanksgiving and passing on traditions. Growing up, I thought my family’s Thanksgiving Dinners were pretty typical. We’d have a big turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and Jell-o salad. We’d go around the table and each say something we were thankful for, stuff […]

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Thanksgiving Traditions: Turkey, Pies and ‘Thankful Tree’

Written byShelle LenssenAll families have their own way of doing Thanksgiving and passing on traditions. Growing up, I thought my family’s Thanksgiving Dinners were pretty typical. We’d have a big turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and Jell-o salad. We’d go around the table and each say something we were thankful for, stuff […]

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The Moms Code: Halloween Mayhem

Written by Eileen WackerHalloween is a scary time for year for me, not because I’m afraid of ghosts, but rather because Halloween always ends up putting this mom in the eye of the storm. Halloween is a controversial holiday in our house. I have four teenagers; no, that is not a ghost story – I […]

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Halloween: Tiara’s, Puppies, and Avoiding Melted Chocolate on the Car seat

Written byShelle LenssenThe past few days have been filled with glittery wings, sparkling tiaras, a little girl stepping on her own tail, and floppy puppy ears. No, we haven’t been whisked off to a magical fairy tale land, but Halloween is just around the corner, and according to my two daughters, that’s pretty much the […]

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Halloween Celebration: Alla Greens and Pirate Costumes

Written by Kenna McHugh “’Tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world.” – William Shakespeare Six years ago, my daughter, who just turned eleven, and my son were discussing Halloween. He was excited, almost ecstatic about his costume and trick or treating. My […]

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The Mom’s Code: Going Back to School

Somewhere in my motherhood journey, Me, Myself and I became separate players on my personal team. Growing up, I was encouraged to do my best. Overachievement was admired. I worked really hard most of the time and had some pretty good jobs. When I got married, I had to learn to compromise. I’ve never been […]

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The Mom’s Code: Going Back to School

Written by Eileen Wacker Somewhere in my motherhood journey, Me, Myself and I became separate players on my personal team. Growing up, I was encouraged to do my best. Overachievement was admired. I worked really hard most of the time and had some pretty good jobs. When I got married, I had to learn to […]

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Back To School Challenges

Guest Blogger By Shelle Lenssen After a fairly relaxed and laid-back summer, our family is in full-on back-to-school mode. Bedtimes are enforced, homework is done, backpacks are checked, and clean clothes are laid out nightly. Even though we’ve done this back-to-school routine for a few years now, this new school year feels a bit different. […]

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First Week of School

Guest Blogger By Kenna McHugh For the past week or so, I have been doing everything in my power to have a smooth transition from ending summer vacation as my kids start the new school year. All of it is challenging, but getting through this first week feels like an enormous achievement, and I give […]

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