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Born and raised in the Indianapolis area, I found myself moving away after high school. I moved to West Lafayette to attend Purdue for my bachelor's. During college, I started dating my now-husband Derek. He was training to be...
Before I had kids, I imagined myself as a mom who wakes up before her kids. I would wake up at 5:30 am, work out, get ready and eat breakfast, before any of my children had a chance to...
My son has always been an emotionally sensitive child. Even before he could express himself verbally, his expressions conveyed a world full of compassion and feelings. When other children cry, he cries aloud too. He also insists on checking to...
Think about parenting experts you follow on social media. Is it “Big Little Feelings”? Or “Simply on Purpose”? Do you rely on “Scary Mommy” for laughs or “Kids Eat in Color” for food tips? What do these gurus have...
My toddler will be four in November, and for the last ten months, we have gone to speech therapy weekly at our local hospital. He has always been a quieter kiddo, communicating primarily by pointing and grunting, which triggered...
Dear Miss Erin I didn’t know it back then, but you were my number one cheerleader. When it felt like everyone was bringing me down, you were there to hold me back up. As I was lectured about how my...
“Mommy, will you play with me?” I hear this question at least five times before I enjoy my breakfast. When my kindergartener gets home from school, I’m inundated by the same question while I’m in the midst of making...
Before becoming a mom, I worked in the marketing department of one of the world’s largest medical companies. Life was fast-moving, free and exciting! My life revolved around my career and I loved going into work every day. Becoming...
Remy was our third baby. A bit of a surprise but she officially completed our family. And while the first year of her life is still a bit of a blur, I remember how observant she was and interested...
May is filled with all of the things. This includes teacher appreciation week. It is an important time to celebrate and thank teachers for their time helping to educate our children.  I’m here today to ask us to consider...
Every parent documents their baby’s first word, first smile, first steps, the first day of school, and all the firsts after that. Smiling and glowing with pride, we can’t capture enough pictures or videos of our little ones as...
Do you have a best friend? If you had a person pop into your brain when you heard that phrase, consider yourself lucky. How about this: do you have an ongoing group text with your friend group? Again, consider...
I was a middle school teacher for over a decade before becoming a stay-at-home mom. As a teacher, you attend professional development–to stay up to date on best practices, but as a mom, there isn't a formal scheduled list...
Dear Second Child, I wanted to write this letter that is just for you because you don't always get the attention you deserve. As I sit here holding you in my arms, I try to focus on the weight of...

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Indianapolis Fall Family Bucket List

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Ask just about anyone in the Midwest what the best season is here and the question will often be met with an enthusiastic "Fall!"...
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