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Learning to Live a New Normal

Leaving the Weaver Tower of Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital, my son, Ethan, declared, “that’s a pretty cool place.” All he could see was the Tim Tebow room, video games, and a foosball table. We were visiting his friend and baseball teammate, Charles Breen, who was taking up residence there for five days undergoing treatment for Ewings […]

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Ear Tubes? No Need to Cry!

My son had eight ear infections in the first 11 months of his life. This meant a lot of days of missed work for me, a sick, miserable screaming baby for days at a time, and two very tired parents. So at his one year check up, I asked our pediatrician about tubes. The pediatrician sent […]

Halloween Doors & More

Halloween Doors & More {Giveaway}

It is hard to believe it is already September, where did the year go? That means we only have six weeks until Community Hospice of Northeast Florida’s 10th anniversary of Halloween Doors & More, a gala of a different sort. The event will take place on Saturday October 18 from 3 to 8 p.m. at […]

Weekend Roundup

Weekend Roundup, Weekend of September 12 – September 14

It’s another jam-packed family-friendly weekend on the First Coast featuring weeTRADE and their annual consignment sale; Jacksonville’s biggest art and music festival of the fall, Connection Festival; the female-fueled 5K, Run Diva 5K; the film Journey to the South Pacific 3D at IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame and so much more! Looking […]

Electronics Overload

My Electronics Breaking Point

For much of my parenting career, I’ve taken a lax approach on the time limits imposed on my kids regarding the use of electronics devices. The rationalizations went something like this. It’s educational – Look at the concentration and dedication required to build that village out of blocks and protect those pixelated horses from random fires. […]

Gender Debate

The Gender Debate: to Reveal or Wait?

It’s difficult putting into words the feelings I’ve had for the past 6 weeks. I had an abdominal ultrasound at 12 weeks, and the sonographer was 90% sure it was a girl! He was a girl. He had been a girl all along! I had pretty much convinced myself that we were having another boy […]

Weekend Roundup

Weekend Roundup, Weekend of Sept. 5 – Sept. 7

It’s all about sports and fitness on the First Coast this weekend. From 8K runs to surf contests and kid’s yoga families can get fit and feel refreshed with some of the city’s most popular sporting events. Plus, the kids can get their wiggles out with The Wiggles at the Florida Theatre! And as always […]

Skin Spa by Casey

Skin Spa by Casey {Giveaway}

I was fortunate enough to review this amazing facial I had at Skin Spa by Casey. It had been a long and difficult week for me, but from the moment I stepped into her sanctuary in Jacksonville Beach, everything just drifted away and I became very calm and peaceful. Casey was extremely professional, while also […]

First Day of School

The New Kid in School

I thought we were doing everything right, all the right things to help our child adjust to starting his third-grade year at a new school… How We Prepared We told him very soon after we made the decision, well in advance of the new year starting. This gave him plenty of time to process it in his little mind! Our excitement […]