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    How Mom-Hood Changed My Relationship with Food: 3 Steps to Somewhat Effective Meal Planning

    I was born hungry. Hang out with me for any length of time and you will know that I’m not one of those girls who “forgets to eat.” I wake up every morning and my first thought is “what’s for breakfast?” Those people that have a hard time eating in front of other people? Nope. Not this chick. A love of food was ingrained in every fibre of my being from a young age. As kids we would read recipe books around the lunch table (we were homeschooled…this obviously would not be socially acceptable if I would have been in public school). It was a beautiful thing. Somehow, drooling over…

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    “If At First You Don’t Succeed…”

    We have entered the stage in life where Zoe gets invited to school kids’ birthday parties. Last night, one of her friends was celebrating turning 5 and all of the girl classmates were invited to go rock-climbing. (A side note – now a crazy high bar has been set for what Zoe is expecting for her 5th birthday. I guess gone are the days of pizza and cupcakes at someone’s house?) I will be honest, I was little more than skeptical about a group of ten five-year old girls going rock-climbing. Especially Zoe. I kept thinking, “She’s so cautious! She’s scared of heights! She’s so timid! This is totally not…

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    How to Celebrate(and Somewhat Survive) a Strong-Willed Child

    I was a perfect parent before kids. My theoretical kids were cherubs. I had all the answers. It was going to be all natural, no epidurals, organic baby food, cloth diapers, only breastmilk, never raising my voice, thru-the-night sleepers, dot, dot, dot. I was the living definition of the perfect mom. In theory. And then, four years ago Zoe happened. And you know what, no…I didn’t do everything the way that I had envisioned in my “perfect”fantasy, but I did manage to meet the majority of my expectations. Yes, she changed our world. Drastically. But she was easy. So easy. I remember being so scornful of moms who had picky…

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    Because I Love You

    There are some moments where I just want to freeze time so that I can remember every detail. Last night we experienced such a moment. “You’re far happier giving than getting.” Acts 20:35 MSG Beginning this month, Jeff and I have started giving Zoe and allowance of $1 a day for helping out with chores around the house. She’s only four so they’re easy chores…making her bed, getting dressed by herself, helping to clear the table etc…Prior to this, every time we would go shopping, Zoe, like any regular kid, would persistently ask us to buy her things that she clearly didn’t need. We thought that giving her an allowance…