Category Archives: Family Life

OOTD: Dressed-Up Denim Shirt

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14 Outfit of the day: denim shirt (Walmart, in stores only, $13.94, 100% cotton, soft and lightweight) and White House Black Market black pants. Dark denim jeans with the light denim top would be the likelier pairing–casual with casual. But, I went for the black dress pants so I could look a little dressier. I… Read more »

Taking Stock 02

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Making: A craft for my son’s school auction, a chicken wire memo board. I bought craft wood circles for students to make self portraits on, then we’ll glue gun each circle onto a clothespin. I think it’s going to be cute! Here it is in progress. Cooking: Grilled chicken with this awesome… Read more »

Taking Stock 01

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Making: Banana bread with this recipe.  Cooking: Uninspired! Warmed Morningstar “chicken” nuggets  for the kids and me tonight with green beans. Threw leftover cheese tortellini on the plate from last night for good measure. Drinking: Hot peppermint tea at the moment. Reading: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See Wanting: A pair of classic… Read more »

Starting a Family Blog: Getting Family Photos Organized!

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I am a disorganized mess when it comes to family photos! After my oldest was born (now seven) and in his first few years, I cranked out the Shutterfly albums and one cute scrapbook for him. Scrapbooking, I discovered, is not my thing. I have yet to compete an album for my youngest and he’s is four…. Read more »

Protecting Our Kids: The No-Go-Tell Rule

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As I teacher for years I had to sign off that I read or watched a video informing about types of abuse, scenarios, signs, and my mandated responsibility to report. In the last couple years (since July 1st, 2012)the Georgia Reporting Child Abuse Law was updated to include volunteers mandated to… Read more »

Volunteering at Your Child’s School

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My sons start school tomorrow. My oldest will be in second grade and my youngest in Pre-K. School supply lists were printed and supplies purchased and dropped off at their Open House nights.  I met their teachers and am hopeful that my boys will have a great year with them. I am… Read more »

Ready to Kick the Smoking Habit? Listen to this from The Bert Show

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I have been listening to The Bert Show, an Atlanta-based radio talk show on Q100 and a favorite of mine for years. A week or so ago I listened Bert give such a compelling argument for quitting smoking. I just thought it was so worth the share if you are a smoker or have… Read more »

Jokes to Tell Your Kids

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The last couple of years my seven year old has really developed a sense of humor. His timing is good, he loves to laugh and he appreciates humor from others. He can be super silly at times, too. I found a few kids’ jokes and just tried them on him and got the… Read more »

Evaluating My Parenting Style, Part III

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It occurred to me today what success means with my kids at home and with my students. My focus has always been on teaching and loving kids, as well as providing enriching experiences. But, discipline should be the main focus above all else, building character. I should focus more on putting rules in place and being solid about what happens when they… Read more »

An Easy Georgia Getaway at Big Canoe

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Big Canoe is a great place to getaway on a long weekend for Atlantans. It is an escape in the mountains by the lake and offers lots of water activities, golfing, and hiking. The best part is that it’s all at just an hour drive away in Jasper. It’s a… Read more »