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Will You Join Me? Run, Walk, or Crawl…And Help A Children’s Hospital Save Lives in the #MiracleMarathon

by Meagan Francis September 3, 2014
Will You Join Me? Run, Walk, or Crawl...And Help A Children's Hospital Save Lives in the #MiracleMarathon

Will you run a marathon with me? No, not all at once! As far as I’m concerned, the very idea of running 26 miles in a single stretch sounds like sheer torture.  Actually, I’m not sure I’ve ever run more than a mile at one time, and the only way you could get me to now would be if […]

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Back To School: The New Year For Moms!

by Meagan Francis September 2, 2014
Back To School: The New Year For Moms!

Can you believe it?? All of my kids – all five of my kids – are in school all day, all week, all at the same time, for the first time in my life as a mother. That’s close to seventeen years. I almost don’t know what to do with myself. It was bittersweet dropping […]

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My Happiest Place: When I’m Here, I’m Changed

by Sarah Powers August 29, 2014
My Happiest Place: When I'm Here, I'm Changed

It’s time to feature another reader-submitted #MyHappiestPlace story! This month’s selection comes from reader Kirsetin Morello. So many of you talked about your happiest place being outdoors this past month; we loved the photos of gardens and back decks and patio spaces. Read on for Kirsetin’s beautiful tribute to the happiest place in her home – and find out […]

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11 Children’s Books About Starting School

by Meagan Francis August 27, 2014
11 Children's Books About Starting School

With less than a week until my family heads back to school, there’s a definite buzz of excitement in the air at our house…but some nervousness, too. This will be Clara’s first time in a formal school program, and what can I say…the girl is really, really into her mama. She’s excited to make new friends and […]

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Roasted Heirloom Tomato Caprese Panzanella Salad with Balsamic

by Meagan Francis August 22, 2014
Roasted Heirloom Tomato Caprese Panzanella Salad with Balsamic

One of my favorite things about August in Michigan? Tomatoes. Specifically, super-fresh warm-off-the-vine local tomatoes, the kind you just can’t get here in the winter. I also love stacking sliced tomatoes with mozzarella cheese and basil to create a Caprese salad, but sometimes I just want something with a little more rib-sticking power. A few years ago I was […]

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Make Your Family Calendar Work For You

by Meagan Francis August 20, 2014
Make Your Family Calendar Work For You

It’s back-to-school time again, and there’s no shortage of ideas out there on how to get the family calendar organized as you head into the new year. Here are some tips I shared a few years back to make sure the system you choose works best for YOU. I hope they help! 1. Set an intention for […]

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#Blogust: Because All Children Deserve The Privilege of Firsts

by Meagan Francis August 18, 2014
#Blogust: Because All Children Deserve The Privilege of Firsts

Just two weeks from tomorrow, all – yes, all – my kids will head off to school. It’s a year full of “firsts” for us. For the first time, Isaac will enter high school (and for the first time, I’ll have two high-school kids.) For the first time, Clara will enter kindergarten. For the first […]

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Lessons Learned From Living In A Fixer-Upper

by Meagan Francis August 15, 2014
Lessons Learned From Living In A Fixer-Upper

When we moved into a fixer-upper home about five years ago, we had big dreams. And why not? The big, cream-colored Victorian held a lot of promise: the peek of hardwood floors under layer upon layer of cheap rental carpet, scuffed vinyl and old linoleum; wood trim, high ceilings. Formerly a five-bedroom single-family home, it had been converted at […]

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3 ways to create an “endless summer” for your kids

by Meagan Francis August 13, 2014
3 ways to create an “endless summer” for your kids

I wrote this post last summer, and it just about sums up where I am right now, so I’m re-sharing. Enjoy! With back-to-school ads showing up by early July, it’s easy to feel like summer break is over almost before it starts. By mid-August many kids are back in school already, and for the rest of […]

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Front-Seat Confessions: Why The Car Is The Perfect Place To Bring Up Tough Topics With Kids. #TalkEarly

by Meagan Francis August 11, 2014
Front-Seat Confessions: Why The Car Is The Perfect Place To Bring Up Tough Topics With Kids. #TalkEarly

A couple years ago in early autumn, I had one of the best, most enlightening conversations I’d ever had with my son Jacob, who was fourteen at the time.  And we didn’t make eye contact once. I was driving him home from an away tennis match, and it had begun to rain. As I wound my way through […]

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