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How To Grow A Friend - Children's Book Review


One of Maddie's favorite bedtime books is "How To Grow A Friend" - written and illustrated by Sara Gillingham. It's a sweet story that talks about how to grow a friendship in relation to growing a flower. 

Alba Botanica Sunscreens for the Whole Family - Review

Ruminating Mommy 2016, reviews, natural sunscreens, kid sunscreens, alba botanica, #green,

Over here on the West Coast we've had warm weather since the end of  March - my girls have been loving running around in shorts. I want to make sure that their young skin stays healthy and protected in the sun by using sunscreens with natural ingredients.  

Mother's Day at My Mom's


Watching my Husband blow bubbles for the girls as they run around the yard ...the afternoon sun warming my arms...a view of the mountains and ocean...shucking corn for dinner and listening to Great Grandma talk about life on the prairies in the 1930's... Diana Krall playing on the stereo....
Grandpa napping in the shade...Grandma and I sipping pink Mother's Day wine.... 

I used to live here during the first year of our separation...the only trace is the faded bathroom curtain that I made.... I never thought that we’d have a life together again - never thought that we’d have another daughter.
Thirteen years of marriage - 2 apart in the middle - I’m so thankful that we came back around. Another Mother’s Day spent together.... It's almost time to pack for a move to a new city...adventure awaits.

Six Important Things I Want My Daughters to Know About Life



My daughters are still young but I feel that it’s important to show them what I feel is essential in life. Our conversations are age appropriate - the messages are simple - and they will deepen as the girls grow up.

1) Confidence:

No one is fulfilled by anything outside of themselves – even if they think they are. Real confidence and self-esteem comes from knowing who we are - not what we have. Taking time to do things that we really enjoy like sports, reading, playing, engaging with other people, and having quiet individual time help us to grow. Placing importance on toys, clothes, homes, cars, social hierarchies, etc. is just a part of the illusion of fulfillment.

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