Letter to my 5-year old

You, my love, just turned 5 years old. This is such a big deal for me because you are starting Kindergarten now in a few weeks and you will be in school for a full day. You have also lost 2 teeth, which is amazing to me since this seems to be on the early side, but you’ve always done things early. Losing your teeth is a sign to me of just how big you are getting and this makes me want to treasure every single moment I have with you. You are definitely no longer my little baby but are a big boy now and you are getting bigger by the day.

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Beauty is Natural and Nature is Beautiful

Here’s a little mom truth: I am horrible about taking care of myself. So because I don’t take any care of myself, I haven’t gotten my hair cut in a really long time. Needless to say, I’m a minimalist when it comes to self-care. I need something that will pack a punch without having to dedicate a whole lot of time to it and Desert Essence is just the product I’ve been looking for.

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Letter to Maddie for your 2nd Birthday

Your second birthday is coming up in a few days and I can’t believe how quickly time has gone. You went from being my baby girl to an independent toddler with a mind of your own. You know what you want and you don’t hesitate to go for it, whether that is by climbing on the counters to reach for your favorite spoon or grabbing the remote and pushing buttons to figure out how to get Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to play on the TV.

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My No-Fail Packing List for Cruising with Kids

I have been on a lot of cruises over the past 7 years. Our first cruise was our honeymoon cruise in 2011. We took a January Eastern Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines Epic. We sail at least one sailing a year, sometimes 2 because this is the best way we can think of to truly get a vacation with your kids and still feel like you're on vacation.  The amenities on board for kids to do without parents are great and since it's a part of their service (except for babysitting) you're not paying extra just for your kids to be entertained while you're getting a massage or having a nice dinner with your significant other.

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