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Author Archive | Sarah

bribe kids to do work

I Bribe My Kids and That’s Ok

I bribe my kids. There I said it. I’m one of those moms. I have too many kids and too much going on to just let them run around all willy-nilly and do whatever they want! My kids have regular chores they are expected to complete every day. They get nothing for this accomplishment (other […]

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thankful kids

Raising Thankful Kids

“You should be thankful you have food to eat! There are starving children in {insert country here} who don’t have food at all!” We’ve all heard a similar phrase at least once in our lives and maybe even said it once or twice ourselves. (Guilty) But have we ever stopped to actually think about what […]

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Halloween Activities in Des Moines

Halloween is lurking just around the corner. There are tons of fun Halloween activities in Des Moines to keep your family in the spooky spirit all month long! From trunk-or-treating to storytimes and inflatables, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Here is a list of some of our favorite places to […]

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grandma's hands

Grandma’s Hands

My 8-year-old daughter kneeled in front of a blue metal wheelchair. With her smooth, slightly plump little fingers, she began to paint the fingernails on the stiff hands of her great-grandma. The two sets of hands were such a stark contrast from each other. With dirty fingernails and marker tattoos, my daughter’s hands were just […]

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5 Tips for Family Vacation Survival

How am I going to survive this vacation? Why does it seem like going on a “relaxing” family vacation never ends up being relaxing for moms? Between the planning, packing, traveling, child wrangling, feeding, and laundry there never seems to be a moment to breathe. After 10 years, 4 kids, 1 dog, and too many […]

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Down Syndrome

I’m Just Like You

I’m just like you. I have two eyes, two ears, and walk on two feet. I have a strong opinion and do everything I can to make sure my point is heard. Occasionally I get sad or angry. I love music and watching tv. Family time is my priority. My morning routine begins with a […]

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Slime: The Good, the Bad, and How to Fix It

Slime. The very word makes me cringe just a little. When the slime craze first came out, I was intrigued. It is a kitchen science experiment that ends in a fun, gooey stress reliever. My daughter, too, jumped on board. We ran to Target and found a few packages of ready-made slime. Seeing how much […]

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