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Summer Challenges

Little ones — and their parents — do best with structure, no matter how mundane. A summer schedule that follows the sun is what keeps my child engaged and my spirit aloft. read more

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This Summer I Say Yes

I say “no” to my children often. With summer in stretching in front of me like one long nooooooo toward the horizon that is autumn. I’d like to make it a goal to say “yes” twice as often as I say “no.” So I’m making a commitment to myself to say “yes” as frequently as I can. read more

Being a Mom is About …

Being a mom is about more than just having a handy supply of kisses and encouragement. It’s also about being smart and resourceful — knowing when to face challenges and when to be kind to yourself. Being a mom also means tackling the money side of motherhood. read more

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The Day I Packed My Bags and Ran

I packed my bags and ran out of my apartment crying and desperate. I had no idea where I was going. What would I do, leave my family forever? I wanted to, but inside I heard the voice of guilt say I would regret such a decision. read more

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Redefining the F-word

You might be wondering where our wonderful Hello, Darling house blogger, Emily Wieranga, has been recently. We are so excited to introduce our beloved Emily’s new baby, Aria Hope. read more