Kids Ear Piercing – For or Against?

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I discovered yet another parenting “hot button” topic this week. In the past, I’ve been sucked into every controversial parenting topic possible. We’ve all beaten a dead horse talking about our stance on different types of vaccinations, circumcision, breastfeeding – the list goes on and on. And now, the hot topic de jour is ear […]

10 Things I Learned On My Family Vacation

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I recently surprised my 6-pack of kiddos with the announcement that our family was going to go on an all-inclusive beach vacation.  I explained that they better enjoy and appreciate it because it would be the first and last vacation of this type on my dime. I was hesitant to do an all-inclusive because, quite […]

The Santa List – Managing Expectations

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It’s that time of year where kiddo’s wish lists seem to grow and grow and grow. What are your kids expecting from Santa, parents, grandparents and other relatives? What can we do to manage these lists so that they are reasonable and affordable? How can gift giving fit with family values without leaving the little […]

Share Memories with Coke + A Coke BBQ Ribs Recipe!

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareMemories #CollectiveBias As summer quickly approaches, the time comes when my older daughter travels to Oklahoma each summer to visit with her dad for six weeks, and we miss her terribly, but we always try to work in […]

How to motivate an unmotivated kid.

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I’ve always been fascinated by what makes some people super motivated, and others, not so much. I found this particularly interesting when I saw differences in motivation between my children. Why do I have two kids who are equally clever, yet one is disappointed with a certain mark or grade in school, while the other […]

Spring Happenings!

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It has been a long, harsh winter in these parts. Although, there are a few signs that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s how I know that spring is near or almost here: 1) Spring Fling We welcome spring with our annual Irish Dancing performances. My kids don’t do competitive dancing […]

Church Hill Classics Custom Frames Make the Perfect Grad Gift!

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* This post is part of the blogger program by Church Hill Classics and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them. Spring break is quickly approaching, which means that before you know it, invitations for graduation parties will start showing up in […]

The Birth of a Superstar

Joans 50th Birthday Party

In celebration of Mabel’s birthday, Julie Cole reflects on a birthday post about one of her favourite people – her very special Aunt Joan. Do you celebrate someone special in your family? 50 years ago my Aunt Joan was born. Hers has not been an average life. She arrived prematurely, possibly having an unfortunate run-in […]