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Eight Mama Lessons Learned After Starting My Youngest In Day Care

1. Putting medicine in a glass of chocolate milk with a spoonful of sugar (thank you Mary Poppins) is way easier than chasing my three-year-old around the house for 30 minutes or trying to reason with him why he needs to take it. 2. Halloween candy should always be kept in the house for emergency bribing situations. 3. Baths somehow calm everyone down and change the energy dynamic instantly. 4. Pirate’s Booty…

Kristi Hittepole Profile: A Bold Battler Surrounded By And Raising Strong Women

Kristi Hittepole is a 40-year-old financial consultant and single mom of two busy girls, age 14 and 11. She’s a breast cancer survivor who has undergone over 20 surgeries since 2011. She’s my cousin-in-law and latest inspiration. She candidly shares how her divorce was the impetus to shift her life from being selfish to being focused on something more important. She describes a horrible journey through breast cancer with…

Tropical Storm Joy: Why Changing Your “We Can’ts” To “Why Nots” Will Add More Joy To Your Nights

I’ve been working on this blog for less than a month and already it’s causing a shift towards more joy in my life. Tonight as the boys and I were wrapping up dinner, the ominous navy sky broke open to sheets of pouring rain. Tropical Storm Emily had graced us with her presence yet again. I don’t remember exactly how it came to be but we all, dogs included, ended up out…

Roxanne Wessman Profile: Commit To What’s Important, Lean On Your Family

Meet Roxanne Wessman, age 64. Through her life she’s held many roles: wife and single woman, stay-at-home mom and working mom, employee and business owner, and so much more, though most importantly, she’s my mom. While I’ve known Roxanne my whole life, our conversation for this profile shed light on experiences and wise insights I wasn’t privy to until now. From connecting to youth to the power of family…