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Mama is Tired of the Girl Drama

I am so over all of the girl drama. Let’s be clear, though. My daughter is a drama factory: “The crease on my sock isn’t right.” “I don’t like these little hairs sticking up.” “These shoes are not the right pink.” That sort of drama I can handle. The drama that is making this Mama […]

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Hidden Gem Series: Wild About Hunsader Farms!

You cannot make it through a fall in the Sarasota area without hearing about Hunsader Farms’ wildly popular annual Pumpkin Festival. The event has grown in size and scale beyond belief over the years. And in 2017, it brought back the Country Christmas festival after a 20 year hiatus. But Hunsader Farms is so much more than just its […]

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Yeehaw Y'all!!!

Yeehaw, Y’all!!! Off to the Dude Ranch!

Spring Break is on it’s way. Last year, we decided that we wanted to do something that was off the beaten path. We decided to skip the beach and the theme parks and check out a dude ranch! A Dude Ranch?!? My first step in our dude ranch vacation was Googling ‘Dude Ranch Florida.’ The […]

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Hidden Gem Series: Exploring The Sarasota Children’s Garden

One of my favorite local attractions is The Sarasota Children’s Garden. It’s an amazing place where children can explore Mother Nature and let their imaginations run wild. My favorite time of year to go is when it’s a bit cooler out.  The Details Sarasota Children’s Garden 1670 10th Way Sarasota, FL 34236 Open Tuesday – […]

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Put it Down, Lift Them Up

Put It Down, Lift Them Up

During a recent staff meeting, our director relayed an observation she made while her grown children were visiting with her grandchildren. She said they were sitting around the dinner table and her children were looking at their phones and not engaging their children in conversation. She then described the conversation she had with her grandchildren […]

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Kicking the Post-Holiday Melancholies

Kicking the Post-Holiday Melancholies

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the past 2 1/2 months running around getting ready for the holidays. You’ve celebrated with friends, family, and co-workers. You’ve planned parties for your children, attended cookie exchanges and gift swaps. You shopped for that just-right gift for everyone on your list. And then you baked and cooked […]

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