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June 11, 2014
CK box

This week I am particularly thankful for my husband and father of our two sons. We had a great weekend away at the beach and on the last day, he got a nasty stomach bug. We thought it was food poisoning until the next day, when me and both boys all got it within hours […]

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Star Wars Weekends at Home: Episode …go to the beach

June 6, 2014

Today’s edition of Star Wars Weekends at Home will be super short. Why? Because we aren’t at home! This weekend we are traveling to a land far far away. Or as you may know it, the beach! Oscar has his Darth Vader carrying case packed full of Siths and Jedis ready for battle and we […]

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It’s ok to ask questions

June 3, 2014
walk with cal

I used to worry about my salvation growing up. I always wondered if I really believed. Many times, I still wonder. But as I grow older, I realize this is part of the process. There are seasons of strength and seasons of great doubt. That is just the way life works. At the end of […]

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Maleficent’s dark history may surprise you

June 2, 2014

Last week, Jerry and I were super excited to receive an invitation to an advanced screening of Disney’s Maleficent. This movie has been hotly anticipated for months and with good reason. After seeing Angelina Jolie as the infamous villian, I will never imagine her any other way. The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, […]

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Star Wars Weekends at Home: Episode III

May 30, 2014

I love following along with the Star Wars Weekends action at Disney World, but truth be told, every weekend is a Star Wars weekend in my house. We have a little superfan who makes sure of that. As a parent, it’s not hard to get excited about something the kids love so much. This weekend […]

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The mess will not break us

May 29, 2014
cal sun

Oh it’s an ugly phase I am in right now. School just let out, Calvin is almost three (and acting like a threenager), I have a job and a million responsibilities and to paraphrase a friend, that sound you just heard was me dropping all the balls. I recently said I just need a win. […]

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Star Wars Weekends at Home: Episode II

May 23, 2014

It’s time for Star Wars Weekends at Home: Episode II! If you missed last week, be sure to check out the fun we are having at home following along with Disney’s Star Wars Weekends. Today, it’s all about the character breakfast! This year, Star Wars character dining was added to the list of special events happening […]

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Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing coming to Raleigh

May 21, 2014

If you are looking for a fun way to kick off a great summer with your kids in Raleigh, head over to the PNC Arena and check out the latest Sesame Street Live show, Can’t Stop Singing! Sesame Street Live is one of our favorite live shows and the kids love seeing their favorites “in […]

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3 Killer Tips to Boost Your Creativity

May 19, 2014
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The creative process is an interesting thing. It’s completely internal for a long time before anything actually gets done. For many, it’s this internal processing that kills ideas before they even get started. I love watching my children be creative and when I am lucky enough myself to have a creative moment or two, I […]

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Star Wars Weekends at Home: Episode I

May 16, 2014
light saber craft

It’s that time of year again! This weekend begins the fan favorite series at Walt Disney World Resort called Star Wars Weekends, where Disney Hollywood Studios is taken over by all things Star Wars. It’s an exciting month full of photo ops, rides, food and celebrity sightings, all with a fantastic Disney spin. My Facebook feed is […]

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Let there be video!

May 15, 2014
hln mom confessions

When I was at the Mom 2.0 Summit, I had the chance to chat with some of the people behind the HLN network. They were there as a conference sponsor and also to film some great conversations with the moms in attendance. I decided to drop in and share some of my thoughts with their […]

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Give a Book, Get a Book for Children’s Book Week!

May 14, 2014

Did you know it’s Children’s Book Week? If you love reading with your kids, stick around. There may be a giveaway at the end of this post! Reading with the boys is something I love to do. But with crazy schedules and busy days, we really have to be intentional about it. Children’s Book Week, […]

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You don’t know the power of the dark side

May 13, 2014
darth orders dinner

Did you know that I live with Darth Vader? It’s true. We get along mostly unless he uses the force on me to keep from cleaning his room. Lord Vader has excellent manners though and he always says please and thank you. He may be rough around the edges but he is very creative. He […]

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Watermelon Arugula Salad

May 12, 2014
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I love visiting Walt Disney Resort during Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival in spring. Located in Epcot, which is quickly rising to the top of my Disney priority list, International Flower and Garden Festival is gorgeous for the eyes and delicious for the tastebuds. During this seasonal event, in addition to the amazing restaurants at Epcot, additional food […]

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