Author Archive: Ashley B

Ashley is a Writer, Stay at Home mother of 4, not to busy to take time to slow down and smell the flowers. I also teach a Mommy and Me Dance Class to share my love of dance.

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Fall Foliage Photography

Fall Foliage Photography

| October 15, 2019 | 21 Comments

This time of year, I love looking at photos of fall foliage. It brings me back to when I was a child and young adult, enjoying football games, hot apple cider, raking the leaves into a pile to jump in, pumpkin carving, apple picking, and all of the other delights of fall. Since moving to […]

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Food Allergies and Summertime Activities

Food Allergies and Summertime Activities

| July 11, 2019 | 1 Comment

As the mother of a child with a food allergy, I need to think through special accommodations at times. Her school has an Epi-pen for her, but places like dance class, birthday parties, Sunday school and friends’ houses don’t, so I need to send it along, with instructions on how to use it should there […]

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Start a Summer Book Club with your Kids

Start a Summer Book Club with your Kids

| July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you’re looking for a way to encourage your kids to read over the summer, one idea to consider is starting a summer book club. Getting the kids together with their friends to read or discuss what they’re reading turns reading from a solitary activity into a social activity and gives everyone a regularly occurring […]

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Family Fun on the Fourth

Family Fun on the Fourth

| July 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Independence Day is the biggest holiday of the summer, and it’s one that kids love to celebrate. Fireworks, picnics, and barbecues are staple activities, but there are some more unique family activities out there that can make your Fourth of July fun. How about a Fourth of July makeover or a neighborhood parade? Maybe your […]

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Summer Learning

Summer Learning

| June 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

As summer vacation approaches, one thing that concerns me is summer learning loss: studies show kids lose over two and a half months of math skills and around one month of skills in other subjects over the long vacation period. As much as I want my kids to have their well-deserved break, I know their […]

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Summertime Enrichment that is Budget Friendly

Summertime Enrichment that is Budget Friendly

| June 22, 2019 | 1 Comment

Now that school is over for the year, your kids have a lot of time on their hands. Without the day-to-day interaction with peers that they have during the school year, they will likely be complaining of boredom after the novelty of sleeping in and lounging around the house wears off. With friends going on […]

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National Park Week: April 20-28, 2019

National Park Week: April 20-28, 2019

| April 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

As the snow melts and the weather warms up, you and your kids are probably itching to get outside. While the backyard and the neighborhood parks are fun, they lose their novelty soon enough. National Park Week, which takes place during the last week of April, is the answer to your kids’ pleas of “I’m […]

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How You Can Help Families Affected By Autism

How You Can Help Families Affected By Autism

| April 14, 2019 | 1 Comment

You probably have seen and heard that April is Autism Awareness Month. The “ribbon” for autism looks like it’s made up of jigsaw puzzle pieces, and some people have been wearing clothing with the puzzle symbol or decorating their Facebook profiles with the design. By now, most of us are very aware of autism; according […]

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March 23 is Chips and Dip Day

March 23 is Chips and Dip Day

| March 23, 2019 | 3 Comments

Did you know that today is Chip and Dip Day? Neither did I, but I can definitely see the potential for fun in celebrating such a holiday! Kids tend to love chips, with or without dip. And moms love chips, too… sometimes a little too much. While your first thought at “chips and dip” might […]

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March 10 Is Middle Name Pride Day

March 10 Is Middle Name Pride Day

| March 7, 2019 | 15 Comments

Today is Middle Name Pride Day. A rather obscure holiday, it’s a day to celebrate your middle name! When I was pregnant with each of our children, my husband and I would talk at length about names. We put almost as much discussion and thought into middle names as we did into first names, but […]

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