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The other day my first grader came scooting into the room on a blanket-draped Pillow Pet with an umbrella in hand. She explained that she was a merchant from Baghdad, carrying spices through the desert on the back of...
Setting Weekday early evening/late afternoon, also known as the witching hour: A mother, her 3 year old son, and her 17 month old daughter are in the kitchen. Butter, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder, salt, chocolate...
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Ahh, the holidays . . . undoubtedly my favorite time of the year. I love all things Thanksgiving and Christmas, from planning holiday meals to belting out Christmas tunes to trimming the...
Life can be busy, busy, busy. I sometimes feel like there just isn't enough time to do everything I want to. I am constantly looking for opportunities to add time to my day, and, as a bonus, save money.  I...
We have just finished another season of youth football in my house, and, once again, I am feeling a certain kind of way. I am grateful for a break; we all need it. I'm relieved to see the late nights...
Being a teacher and a mom definitely has its benefits. My favorite thing students ask me is, "Ms. Woodard, when are we going to actually use this in the real world?" (Which is a very valid question.) When we are...
It's 2023, so why is there still a stigma around one-child households? In fact, a recent article was written for the Psychology Today website stating that families are shrinking. According to the PEW Research Center, the average American family has downsized...
Every couple with young kids loves a date night, right?! But those date nights come at a high price, because you’ve gotta pay the babysitter AND buy dinner, or movie tickets, or pay for whatever entertainment/activity you choose. To...
Oh, family pictures . . . I have such a love-hate relationship with you. I love the idea of having a beautiful photo documenting a moment in time, where we all look happy, relaxed, and skinny. Where we appear...
Making school lunches for kids seems like an easy task, right? A Lunchable here, a turkey sandwich there . . . But even with my best intentions, sometimes my tiny human still comes home and says, "I didn’t like...

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Spring is right around the corner, and we are all looking for some fun things to do. If the east end of Birmingham interests...
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