Shannon Mashaal

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Shannon was born in Virginia and lives with her volunteer firefighter husband, Karam, 4 kids, 3 cats, and a dog. She is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom, is involved in the local 4-H with her kids, and is a member/event coordinator/organizer of various homeschool co-ops and book clubs. Shannon also works as an office manager for her husband's business Reach Systems, Inc. She is also an Usborne Consultant and overall lover of books! Shannon especially enjoys outdoor activities! She enjoys going on adventures to local places with her kids and believes in slowing down whenever you can.

Ways to Celebrate the Month of Ramadan During a Pandemic

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I've been thinking more about how to celebrate the month of Ramadan during a pandemic. It's time for me to decide which traditions to keep and what might need to be different this year. Ramadan...

19 Best Holiday Toys and Gift Ideas for 6-Year-Old Girls and Boys in 2020

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As a homeschooling mother of five, I try to provide toys for my kids that are both educational and fun. During the pandemic, this feels more important than ever. I love Wicked Uncle's collaborative toys...

Ways I Maintain My Mental Health During Coronavirus

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I'm 39 weeks pregnant and slowing down but the world around me is moving faster than ever. One week ago, on a very normal day, I shared stories on DC Area Moms Blog Instagram....

Mommy Tummy or the Medical Condition Called Diastasis Recti?

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This Saturday, while at my baby shower, the ladies there started talking about birth, babies, and motherhood. Then someone brought up incontinence. While they joked and asked if anyone else experienced leaking while jumping,...

Why I Did A Photoshoot To Commemorate Weaning

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I Did A Photoshoot To Commemorate Weaning I was around 18-19 wks when I decided to do a breastfeeding photoshoot because weaning was on the horizon.  I can feel it.  It is instinctual.  This...

How To Have A Successful Homeschool Year

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After we've made the decision to homeschool, this is how my family moves forward to plan for a successful year! Write a Mission Statement This may not even be on radars yet, but it is literally...

Be Inclusive of Extended Breastfeeding During World Breastfeeding Week

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Extended Breastfeeding Deserves Support When we talk about World Breastfeeding Week, we have to include extended breastfeeding in the discussion. This is such an important topic because if more women feel supported, then it’s more...