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Dear Stephen E. Beaven III (or as we call you, Trey), You are by far the most beautiful and amazing baby boy I’ve ever met, I can honestly say that because 1. I gave birth to you 2. We prayed...
There is no definitive book on parenting, but if there were, I imagine the front cover image may be of a smiling, little girl with blond hair pulled in to pigtails, the sun making her skin glow. She's sitting...
Today is our 13th wedding anniversary and we both almost forgot!  Last week leading up to our anniversary was crazy for us—it’s my husband’s busiest time of year at work and I was in Dallas for a few days...
It's Pride Week! TONIGHT there is a kid-friendly event at White River State Park! And this Saturday is the Cadillac Barbie Parade: nearly two hours of fun, music, and lots of love...is love...is love...is love...is love... The parade starts at 10:00 a.m.,...
I took a little time last week to replenish a few skin care items and I thought a few other moms might be interested in this one. Below, I will share a super simple DIY facial cleansing scrub.  What you'll...
Here's my current truth: I’m sitting here in my empty house having a really good ugly-cry because I’ve had one of those days. I’m exhausted and recovering after an unexpected trip. My kids have been extra needy this week....
I’m changing my name. I have decided that Mama is inadequate and that from this point forward I will be Dada instead.  I mean, who decided on Mama anyways?  It’s harder to say and clearly doesn’t roll off the...
At my son’s first checkup, our pediatrician joked to my daughter, who is just shy of 15 months older, “How do you feel that your baby brother is going to be bigger than you?” My son was 2 days old. At...
Yes, I know I only have one child. Yes, I see a bunch of absolutely beautiful families around me every day that have two, three, four or more kids! Yes, I can see bigger families and am happy for them, but...
Once upon a time, there was a Mother of a young girl. She was beautiful girl, smart and charming, as well.  Wherever the young girl went, whether it was a regular outing, a grocery store, or a family outing...

All Work and No Play

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One of my sisters penned a thoughtful post on Mother’s Day, intending to recognize that the three of us sisters may parent in different ways, but we are all raising great kids and should be proud of that. For...
"How in the h*ll am I going to mother four children? ME!!" This was the question that gnawed at me while I was pregnant with my fourth child. I know myself and I would never be the one to...
I am a mother living with bipolar disorder and anxiety. Part of me can’t believe I just said that out loud, because in today’s society, to bring up mental health is often taboo, or perhaps even worse, “too much...
Summer has arrived here in Indianapolis! We have rounded up some of our favorite splash pads, pools and waterparks around the city to help plan your summer fun with the family! 45 W 40th St, Indianapolis6800 E. 91st Street310 West 42nd...

In + Around Indy

Day Dates Around Indianapolis

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It's June – have you scheduled a date with your significant other yet this year? One of my favorite things to do with my...