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Elizabeth Frye

Elizabeth Frye
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Elizabeth is a Northside native, doing life with her husband, two kids, and quirky border collie. She's an elementary teacher with a passion for creating meaningful connections with her students and families. Elizabeth loves traveling, crafting, baking, and a good, organized checklist!

Add “Visit the Dermatologist” to Your Skin Care Routine

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My husband was diagnosed with his first bout of skin cancer at the age of 26. An annoying facial scab kept resurfacing, and he finally heeded his mom's advice to visit the dermatologist. The...

I Hate When My Husband Travels For Work

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One of my least favorite parts of motherhood is parenting on my own. (I should preface this article by saying I don’t know how single parents and military families do it!) When my husband...

Lessons Learned: A Mommy-and-Me Trip to the City

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I gifted my daughter a mommy-and-me trip to the American Girl store in Chicago for Christmas. She had been begging to go for years, and at the age of eight, I felt like she...

Volunteering: A New Year’s Resolution that Gives Back

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I’ve never been good at keeping New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps that’s because most of my goals are generic and center around self-improvement: less screen time, consistent exercise, improved nutrition, etc. They’re typically low-risk commitments...

A Letter to My Strong Willed Daughter

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My sweet girl, You came into this world nearly eight years ago, a force to be reckoned with. You’ve surprised me since day one with your unwavering spirit and strong will. You have a tenacity...

Our Sensory Processing Story

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October is Sensory Processing Awareness Month. For our family, it is a time to shine a light on what it means to have a child with increased sensory needs.  When my youngest turned three, I...
Vollmer Family at the 2022 Cure SMA Walk for Graham

Shining a Light on Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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I ring the doorbell, and a young boy, wearing a football helmet, comes cruising to the door. He says hello and then speeds off again, operating his power wheelchair like a pro. You’d never...

My Baby is Starting Kindergarten

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In a couple of short weeks, my youngest child, my baby, will start kindergarten. Sending him brings about several questions. Is he ready? Are we making the right choice? Will he thrive and fit...

Rainy Day Sensory Play

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Indiana weather has been all over the place recently, and we've already seen our share of April showers. As a mom of two and someone always on the go, I dread being cooped up...

Easy Valentine’s Day Cards For Kids

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It's hard to believe, but Valentine's Day is right around the corner. If you're a parent (or teacher), you'll likely add "buy valentines" to your upcoming to-do list. The stores and internet are chock-full...

Expressing Gratitude Via Snail Mail

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Instilling gratitude is a sometimes daunting parental responsibility. Don't get me wrong, there are so many blessings for which to give thanks, but modeling a grateful heart is easier said than done. "Thank you"...

Santa and Mrs. Claus…Are They Real?

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I'm pretty sure this is the year...the year my daughter will look me in the eye and ask, "Is Santa real?" I managed to narrowly avoid the topic last holiday season, but making it through...

Fall Craft Fairs Around Indy

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Fall is officially here! Time to bid farewell to summer farmers' markets and say hello to autumn craft fairs. Each show features goods from local artisans, from decorative home goods to holiday gifts and...

Five Alternatives to “How Was Your Day?”

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"How was your day?" Most of the time, I ask out of sincerity. Sometimes, it's a matter of routine. Regardless of the circumstance, I genuinely want to know about the ups and downs of my...