How to Plan a Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party

The way you celebrate New Year’s Eve typically changes once you have kids. Your options get cut down quite a bit unless you’re planning on hiring a sitter for the night. Our oldest turned 5 this year, so you’d think we would have figured out some kid-friendly NYE traditions and activities by now, but sadly […]

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The Last Christmas

When I started writing for Jacksonville Moms Blog, my little people were 4 and 2 years old. Or, as I like to call it, “Prime Christmas Age.” PCA is the absolute perfect age where everything is magical this time of year. The smallest things — like the decorations on light poles in the parking lot […]

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Traveling: A Mom’s Perspective

Exhausted, I slid into my row and fastened my seat belt as the plane pushed back from the gate. I was barely paying attention to the aircraft safety features when the pilot warned me to expect some turbulence during takeoff. I literally laughed out loud thinking it can’t be any worse than what had happened […]

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All I Want for Christmas Is LESS

When I think about the reason for the season, Christmas always brings about happy feelings. I not only cherish my own childhood memories, but also current family experiences of sipping hot chocolate among the Christmas tree lights while listening to holiday music, our tradition of making an annual gingerbread house, and creating a mini snow […]

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Why I Celebrate Kwanzaa

I have fond memories of celebrating Kwanzaa as a child. We celebrated Kwanzaa because my mother thought the principles were important building blocks for promoting good stewardship while also emphasizing others and promoting character building immediately following the focus of  commercialization of the Christmas holiday. (Let’s be honest, the true meaning of Christmas is sometimes […]

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True Life: I’m a Foster Failure

Growing up, I knew I wanted kids. Lots of kids. I had visions of Girl Scouts and basketball, a minivan, and filled bedrooms with halls that rang with giggles. As an adult, filling those bedrooms was a lot harder than I ever thought it would be. As is with most realizations, expectations were adjusted and […]

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When Your Kid Starts to Doubt the Magic of Santa

I knew this day would come — the day my son would start questioning Santa’s authenticity. He’s 7 years old and in second grade. Someone in his class (who has older siblings) told him Santa was not real and that parents wrap and hide presents under the tree, not Santa. WHY would another child deliberately […]

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