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Dawn Yanek

The Most Fearful and Fearless Job We’ll Ever Do

I’m not terribly proud to admit it, but I’m afraid of a lot of things.

First, there are sharks. I am the crazy person in the swimming pool who motivates herself to swim faster because I imagine that sharks have somehow gotten into the pool (through the drain—duh) and are nipping at my feet. READ MORE

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  • Kelli Nelson

    5 Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day

    My family has a Mother’s Day tradition that I dearly love and look forward to every year. Each year, we collectively gather at a Mexican restaurant for dinner. And each year, I feel pretty bad for the staff after we’ve gone. Our group h...

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  • What The Flicka

    What These Kids Have To Say About Their Parents And Happiness Is Adorable

    What makes you a happy parent? How do you raise a well-adjusted child? How do you go from worrying about only your own happiness to worrying about everyone around you?...

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  • Lessons

    Letting Go: Sarah Autumn

    In the autumnal aftermath of the dissolution of my first marriage, I took a job and a leap of faith across two states to begin a new life. Amidst my feelings of disappointment and failure were the seeds of possibility...Read More
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  • Bite Me More

    RECIPE: Green Goddess Quinoa Salad

    When we’re told to “Think Green,” we immediately flash to this incredible Green Goddess Quinoa Salad recipe. Protein-packed quinoa, mixed with edamame and kale, is tossed in a creamy avocado and fresh herb dressing....

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  • Pinterest Fail: Ugly Christmas Sweater Edition

    Our staff decided to celebrate the last day of school with an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. As unbelievable as it might sound, I do not own one. When I asked around, my friend suggested an idea from Pinterest. I’m not very handy with se...

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  • Lessons

    It’s Going To Be Okay, Even If It Isn’t

    When you are the parent of a child with a chronic illness, there comes a point when you just can’t worry anymore. It’s the equivalent of crying so hard you physically have no tears left. You would if you could,...Read More
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  • Sabrina Wind

    War!!!

    Today I declare war on 20 pounds. I will win this war by May 24th, a date my son picked out. In the time between now and then, there will be no more compromise. No more it’s ok to eat some of that birthday cake – it’s a celebration. N...

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  • Kelli Nelson

    5 Quick, Healthier Breakfasts For Picky Eaters

    It’s often challenging to get a good breakfast into our picky little eaters, especially when time is limited. The problem with cold cereal, though it is fast, is it doesn’t stay with us long, and we’re soon hungry again. Don’t get m...

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  • Lessons

    Why I Gave Up Potty Training My Son After One Day

    Apparently the universe has a way of bitch slapping you in the face for making multiple public announcements about your first child potty training in one day.  Looking back, I probably deserved it, seeing as my announcements were less public service, and more poorly veiled commentary on my own parenting superiority. READ MORE

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    This Kid Has Moves!

    We can never get enough of good dancing baby videos, and this kid is one of the best!...

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  • Beth Markley

    Want To See Something REALLY Scary?

    I don’t think I’m ever one to second-guess other parents … until Halloween. On All Hallows Eve, I transform into Judge Judge-y McJudgerson. I am that mom. The one who cuts her kids off from trick-or-treating about the time they’re e...

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    Helen Mitternight

    Dying Is Tedious: Bring A Book

    In all of the movies, deathbed scenes are short and dramatic. The dying friend or relative blurts out a heartfelt secret or nugget of wisdom. And fade to black.

    In reality, dying often takes its time. The human body is built to fight death, and death is built to be patient. No one tells you that dying can be tedious, so you’d better bring a book for those long stretches when your loved one is in that twilight that separates them from the truly living, but binds them still to life. READ MORE

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    It’s So Scary… But So Cool!

    Didn’t know it was possible to be simultaneously terrified and awed by something, but this kid sure nailed it! ...

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  • Elise Free

    It’s Going To Be Okay, Even If It Isn’t

    When you are the parent of a child with a chronic illness, there comes a point when you just can’t worry anymore. It’s the equivalent of crying so hard you physically have no tears left. You would if you could, but you can’t. So you d...

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    DANDELIONS

    Dancing Flowers

    “Guess I can mentally plan my to-do list,” I thought as I bemoaned my driving decision.  Of course I had chosen the route to the store that was under construction. Library, bank, maybe the dollar store – do we have...Read More
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    Embarrassing Memories, No Alcohol Required!

    Combine a lack of coordination with the inability to see, and what do you get? A really great video to show at a wedding one day....

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  • Mary Theresa Archbold and Pat Shay

    Pat and Mary Save Their Marriage – John and Abigail Adams

    We’re thinking about time. And effort. If you wanted to write a letter in the 18th Century, you had to put in some effort. The average feather quill pen lasted only about a week, so you had to make sure you had a fresh supply – whic...

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