5 ways to fit reading into your daily life

We all know how important reading to our children is, but sometimes knowing what’s best is easier than doing what’s best. Life is busy, and sitting down to read with your child can get lost between working, cooking, cleaning, driving the kids to sports, and getting a free second to shower. Then there’s the TV. […]

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lessons i’ve learned from doing my daughter’s hair

I’ve previously confessed that I am not much of a girly girl.  My hair has never been glamourous except the day I come home from the salon.  That’s a good hair day.  I never learned how to braid and those cute updos ladies whip up in seconds with just a few bobby pins…forget about it.  […]

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keys to a stay at home mom’s heart

I love being a stay at home mom, but it can be challenging to say the least. I think the burden is lightest when I feel valued and appreciated for what I do. Don’t we all want that, no matter what our profession? So in the spirit of the “what not to say” series we’re running on the blog, I’m going […]

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do you like scary movies?

It is October, the month that brings pumpkin spice everything, the changing of the leaves, and a tribute to all things scary.  Vampires, ghosts, and goblins line the aisles of the local stores and soon those spooks will be knocking on your door asking for candy.  It is the perfect time of year to grab […]

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if i could bubble wrap her heart

Something strange, yet wonderful happened when I gazed into my first newborn baby’s eyes. My maternal instincts kicked in. Suddenly I knew I’d do anything to protect that little girl. Of course I couldn’t protect her from everything. After all, moms have limits. I learned that lesson early – even before we left the hospital. […]

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all things apples

Kim just wrote a great post about fun fall activities.  We’ve been on the QC fall fun train, too, having recently visited the pumpkin patch and apple orchard.  Thanks to all that family-friendly fun, we also now have apples coming out our ears!  I referenced Marie’s post about great apple recipes to share, but here […]

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halloween fun

One of my favorite times of year is fall.  I like to decorate with pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn and I love the vibrant colors of the trees. I love to do fun Halloween crafts and today I am going to show you two things we have done this year. This year my oldest son joined cub […]

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remembering our babies

It is a morning that starts just like every other morning. Feed the kids breakfast, take a shower, get dressed, put my makeup on, scan my jewelry holder for the right piece. The “O” necklace catches my attention- a gift from a sweet friend after losing our baby girl, Olivia. I reach for it and […]

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mama needs a timeout

  Can we get real for a minute?  I have never been one to sugar-coat things…I try to be real and my favorite people in the world are the ones that are real back.  You and I both know that behind every professional perfect family picture making the Facebook page there was at least one […]

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mallory’s mommy makeover

Mallory is the mom of 2 young children and, like most moms, desperately needed a day to herself. She smiled from the start of the makeover until we saw her leave. She is the sweetest and we’re glad she gave us the opportunity to pamper her for the day! “Thank you Quad City Moms Blog […]

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