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Articles in April Blackburn, Holidays and Kelly Carmena

Santa and His Magic–In Full Effect for as Long as Possible

by Melanie Lemoine on

When it’s all said and done, if my children have joyful memories, then I have given them a great gift.... Read full article

Mommy, I Don’t Quit

by Kelly Carmena on

It’s been almost five years now since I jumped on the fitness train. Six weeks postpartum from a very emotional pregnancy and delivery, I took to walking daily with my newborn daughter in tow.... Read full article

It’s Our Job to Push

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We did it! The littles completed their very first triathlon, and I couldn’t be prouder. Of course, the day wasn’t without some bumps and bruises, but my littles made my mommy heart smile BIG!... Read full article

Easter Came!

by Amy Delaney on

“IT CAME! Somehow or other, it came just the same!” How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. Most of us know the story of the green-faced Grinch who tried to stop Christmas in Whoville. The story is one of my favorite Christmas shows and one I fa... Read full article

12 Tips to Tame the Holiday Circus

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Are holiday traditions, parties, volunteer commitments and shopping turning you into a frenzied ringmaster of a runaway circus train? For your sanity and for your health, put the brakes on the holiday rush. Here's how.... Read full article



When Santa’s Not Fair

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What’s the first thing you ask a child after Christmas? Did you answer, “What did Santa bring you?” or “What did you get for Christmas?” Chances are you did, and you’re not alone. After all, you’re guaranteed a smile. And the ultimate conversation st... Read full article

25 Days of Peace

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The angels proclaimed on the first Christmas, “Peace and goodwill to all.” Yet, the Christmas season seems to be about everything but peace in our hectic, consumeristic society. We can sing all the Christmas tunes we want about peace, but unless we ... Read full article

Christmas is the Best Season

by Jami Redmond and Katrina Liza on

Before kids, Christmas felt a lot less stressful. My first year as a mom, I found myself buying Christmas presents in the Spring. I stored them away in a closet and would pick up toys and gifts all year long. I think that’s the most significant chang... Read full article

Hospital Life with a Toddler

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My daughter had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and as such, we have spent a LOT of time in hospitals. So here are some interesting facts you may not have known about hospital stays with toddlers.... Read full article

Choosing Easy

by Kelly Carmena on

A fellow mother once told me, “I have come to realize that the hard choices we make as parents tend to be the right choices.” We were discussing whether or not I should send my son to school the day of the last honor roll assembly this past week. ... Read full article

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