November is Gluten-Free Awareness Month, and what better way to raise awareness than by sharing my favorite gluten-free products? I do most of my gluten-free shopping through Thrive Market, but I've also found great selections at Walmart and Dierbergs....

My Journey with Anxiety

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I had a panic attack last night. I felt it brewing all day. My chest was heavy from the moment I woke up and grew tighter and tighter as the day went on. My heart raced. I felt shaky. My...
Most people think ‘turkey’ when they think of Thanksgiving, but beyond the elastic-waisted pants, the holiday has become synonymous with the expression of gratitude. Most families take a few minutes out of the meal to go around the table...
My mom had a flood.A big flood. Shoes were floating in the toilet, items floated away, and the water was up to my 6’5” step-father’s knees. Like a scene from the Titanic, he woke up to the water rising...
  What is better than a good book? To help celebrate National Book Month this October, I've compiled a list of some of my son's favorite books, along with a few selections from my personal shelves.   Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by...
This Halloween Decorations post originally ran in October, 2022.   At three years old, my son already has a favorite holiday, Halloween. Maybe it’s because his birthday is in October, or because he has a weird love of anything monster, or...
This post originally ran in October, 2022.   Let's try some Halloween science activities with UV light. Ultraviolet lights, or black lights, are prevalent this time of year in Halloween decorating, so why not use them to make our activities more...
National Daughter's Day is on September 25.   My sweet daughter, On this daughter's day, I'm having all the feels. It is so hard to believe that we have been doing life together now for twenty-one amazing years. Although I feel like it...

Where Has the Time Gone?

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I knew there would be a day when I would look back and wonder where the time had gone, but I did not quite realize I was there. This summer was pure magic. It was slow mornings at home with...
September is Baby Safety Month, and this year is the 40th anniversary of this important celebration. Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) sponsors Baby Safety Month, which started in 1983. Baby Safety Month's overall goal is to help educate parents...

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100 Things to Do in St. Louis During Spring Break

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Spring break is upon us! Sticking around St. Louis and looking for ideas to pass the time? We've put together 100 ideas that do...