Infertility Awareness Week is April 24-30. To commemorate and support anyone facing the challenge to have a family, I wanted to share the biggest lessons we learned through our journey to becoming parents and how we finally overcome infertility. Lesson...
I realize that "trauma-informed" is a bit of a buzzword right now. As a foster parent, I spent the last few years learning how to parent children who come from hard places. This means learning, often through trial by...
Have you noticed your grocery bills getting larger and larger? And I don’t mean by the amount of coupons you receive, but by the total amount of money on them. If you have, you are experiencing the effects of...
Here’s the thing I’m starting to really hate about social media: the instant change videos.  One minute a curbside trash dresser... *blink*: A stunning home decor worth thousands.  One minute a house so untidy it resembles Marie Kondo’s version of hell......
COVID is suffocating me I strap on my N95 mask upon entering the gym to watch my 6-year-old’s basketball game. A few minutes in, I am calm and seated, but still having a hard time catching my breath.   I am suffocating. I...
Celebrate Black History Month with books Books open up discussions about life skills like perseverance, and unearth hidden stories, particularly those about pioneering Black women in STEM. To celebrate Black History Month and honor and emphasize Black stories, here’s a list...
Black History Month is a great time to pay close attention to the contributions and rich culture of African-Americans in our country. With littles, it may be hard to decide how to introduce MLK, Malcolm X, or Harriet Tubman...
Celebrating Black History Month during a pandemic can present indoor challenges. So here's a guide on how to celebrate outdoors. Many museums are closed or have limited entry, and let’s face it, sometimes scheduling advance tickets is not part of...
My mother was adopted through a private closed adoption. My grandmother never told my mom she was adopted, but one of her cousins told her when she was a teenager. It is unclear if my grandmother never told anyone...
Disney's 60th animated movie Encanto, with its brilliant colors and fabulous music, shows us the family Madrigal's journey of acceptance and healing. It also teaches us the importance of mental wellness for all family members. Upon watching the film,...
"Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become." -Brooke Hampton When I first found out I was pregnant, I experienced a range...
As a mother of children ranging from 18 to 3 years old, celebrating a holiday of any kind can run the gamut. They are often lovingly chaotic, and there are elements I do forget. I try to make sure...
I work full time from home, but I am not always stuck at my desk or constantly on my laptop working, or even working eight hours every day. I'm probably many bosses' ideas of who NOT to hire –...
I remember when I heard the term "geriatric" to describe older moms nearing advanced maternal age at the doctor's office. I was only 34 at the time, and I would be "nearing" advanced maternal age close to delivery. On...

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Spring and Summer U-Pick Produce and Farm Fun Guide

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It's time to get in nature! There are lots of ways to enjoy spring and summer with u-pick produce (including strawberry picking), markets, and...