6 Tips for Hiking with Kids

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It’s no secret that I love hiking. My love for nature and the outdoors is one of the things that make me who I am.

Being outside experiencing nature is when I feel most alive and connected to the world. My thoughts clear and I am able to see the bigger picture.

I’m not sure if it is just breathing in the fresh air and soaking up some sunlight that does this or if there is more at work here.

Either way, it is an addicting feeling. When life starts feeling out of control, I head for the hills…literally.

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Co-Sleeping: Why I Did It

Co-sleeping is one of the great parenting mysteries that I get questioned about all the time. It never fails, when someone (in real life) finds out that we were a co-sleepling family they immediately want to know why I would do such a thing.

Often, that curiosity comes from the notion that they find co-sleeping an odd arrangement and wonder how I arrived at that decision.

I get it. It is different. 

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5 Books That Made Me a Better Mom

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Once upon a time I had no idea how to be a mom. Sure, I knew the very basics of childcare..feed them, keep them clean, love them… What I needed help with was how to parent our little ones, help becoming a better mom.

Everyone said how naturally motherhood comes and not to worry about it…I’ll find my way. That is NOT how it worked for me, the mothering instinct didn’t just come naturally, I had to find it. 

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My Best Potty Training Advice

Long gone are my diapering days. I remember the day I realized that I could get rid off all my cloth diapers and stop buying pull-ups. It was a glorious day, I ceremoniously got rid of it all and followed up with a nice bottle of wine.

Hey, I earned it.

Three kids and five solid years of diapering later I was more than ready to move on from that stage of life. While I did accomplish the awesome task of potty training three kids, I am still no expert.

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Guide to a Peaceful Home

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Living in a state of chaos isn’t good for anyone, but it’s particularly hard on kids. A chaotic home environment is easy to create, yet hard to change or fix.

As parents we tend to parent how we were parented. Even if that isn’t what we originally intended to do, it’s what we know.

When life gets rough it is all too easy to revert to those habits that were ingrained in us so long ago.

We have to choose to change!  Choose to leave a different legacy.

Guide to a Peaceful Home

Our children will carry their childhood experiences with them through their whole lives. Just because they grow up doesn’t mean they won’t have memories of the past.

Let the memories of their childhood home be the good, soft, comforting memories that they should be.

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