How to plan the perfect Mom’s day off!

Haagen Dazs movie time

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ArtisanFlavors #CollectiveBias Every mom, no matter what her background or lifestyle choice needs to find time for herself. You just have to! You need to recharge, you need to relax, you need to unwind. I have found that if I take a moment for me regularly it is easier to be present in the moment when I am working, caring for my children, or spending time with my husband. If I don't take ...

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Karla’s Korner: Out of the Shadows

Karla's Korner: Out of the Shadows

Karla's Korner: Out of the Shadows Out of the Shadows….. Award winning author and life coach Vironika Tugaleva wrote “You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be.” The idea of pretending to be someone other than ourselves is nothing new, as a matter of fact make believe is a vital element of a child’s development. Pretending to be something or someone else is often encouraged as make believe games broaden the imagination and enhances creativity. “What do you want ...

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Gentle Parenting

Gentle Parenting

Gentle Parenting It is for freedom that we were set free, and Jesus came to set us free from punishment. He loved with a sacrificial love, and was ever present in times of need. I have been invited to share a little bit about my parenting. I think it would help to first say that I wasn't always a gentle parent. It would also help to note that I can not talk about my parenting journey without talking about God. I was often harsh and unkind with my children, to put it mildly. I was ...

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Lessons Learned from Hitting

lessons learned from hitting

  Lessons Learned from Hitting I recently posted something that happened in my family on my facebook page with an inquiry on do you believe in "tough love"? The conversation was quite lively and some people do not follow my rule for interacting on my page which is to attack the issue not the person. I did contact those individuals and asked them to apologize. I believe disagreement is perfectly acceptable but name calling and personal attacks are not. That is most likely because I ...

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Karla’s Korner: Dusty Memories

Karla's Korner: Dusty Memories

Karla's Korner: Dusty Memories Dusty Memories…. She was strong, tough as nails, sometimes loud, opinionated and on occasion ornery. She was funny, faithful, determined and if she loved you she loved you with everything she had; she loved me. She was my grandmother. Today (June 1) would have been her 93rd birthday; oh how I miss her. I remember how she and my grandfather were always there for us, not spoiling us with things, rather taking time with us, talking, sharing stories or a ...

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Karla’s Korner: Be the Tree

Karla's Korner: Be the Tree

Karla's Korner: Be the Tree Be the Tree…. On a recent late spring afternoon I sat quietly under an old oak tree in my back yard. Our yard is full of little critters scurrying about building their nests, feeding new babies and on occasion playing in the trees. As I sat in the stillness of the afternoon I noticed a tiny tree poking through the lava rocks surround the deck steps. I move in to take a closer look and see the tiny sprig that if left in the ground would one day become a big ...

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Stores Open on Memorial Day 2015

List of stores open on Memorial Day

Stores Open on Memorial Day 2015 May 25, 2015 Monday, May 25, 2015 is Memorial Day. It's a federal holiday in the United States so some stores will be closed. Before you head out and celebrate with the family make sure to check out this list of Stores Open on Memorial Day 2015. Stores Open on Memorial Day 2015 Belk is open Best Buy is open BJs Wholesale Club is open Burlington Coat Factory is open CVS Caremark is open Dillard's is open Home Depot is open J.C. Penney ...

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How To Throw An Awesome Minion Birthday Party

minion themed birthday party

How To Throw An Awesome Minion Birthday Party Disclosure- I received birthday party supplies from to help facilitate this review, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own :)   You guys, my baby (well, not so much a baby anymore) turned 7 this week! I can't believe it and have no idea when it happened. Is it just me or does time go by so much more quickly when you have kids? Every year I let my daughter pick her birthday theme. In years past it has been ...

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Karla’s Korner: Telling Our Story

telling story

Karla's Korner: Telling Our Story Telling Our Story… A milestone is defined as “an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development; a significant achievement. This past weekend as I sat on the lawn of The University of Virginia sandwiched between my husband and son searching for my daughter in a sea of approximately 2,800 graduating fourth year students (Thomas Jefferson insisted that students are identified by years of learning instead of freshmen, sophomores, etc.) ...

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Karla’s Korner: Ten Lessons I Learned From Being a Mother

Ten Lessons I Learned From Being a Mother

Karla's Korner: Ten Lessons I Learned From Being a Mother Ten Lessons I Learned From Being a Mother… This week as I sat around the table at a local restaurant for Mother’s Day dinner my mind drifted back to the day I became a momma. My daughter was born two days before Mother’s Day that year; she came home from the hospital Mother’s Day morning. That day was the beginning of many where I would find myself searching for answers to a bajillion questions and realizing that the whole ...

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