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Berry Picking in the Milwaukee Area

As I look out my window on a drizzly Wisconsin spring day, I’m dreaming of fresh strawberries and blueberry crumble to go with my morning coffee. Berry picking season is almost here! Below are some of our favorite places to pick berries locally. A few things to remember: Berry picking season generally starts in mid-June, with […]

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Coffee Alternatives That Are Worth a Shot

I couldn’t imagine motherhood without coffee—nor do I want to! But I’ll grudgingly admit that there are times in one’s life when it’s worth exploring alternatives to the usual cup of joe. Take last month for example: I had a bad cold, and suddenly my usual morning coffee was strangely unappealing. Plain herbal tea wasn’t cutting it, […]

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The Things My Kids Fight About

“Will you two please just stop fighting?!?” Some days, my kids argue so much that I’ve considered recording myself saying these words on repeat. Irritating as my kids’ fighting is, it’s also bittersweet because it reminds me of my own childhood and the dynamics of having siblings. As the oldest of three children, I occasionally (often) got into tiny […]

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Five Things I Won’t Stop Doing for My Kids

“Stop doing these 17 things for your kids right now, or you’ll fail to raise independent, successful human beings!” Parents have been inundated with these types of articles lately, and I’ll be the first to admit I have some habits that fall into the “naughty” category. Packing my kids’ lunches? Check. Cleaning up after them? Check. Making sure their […]

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Ronald McDonald House: Keeping Families Close

Having a loved one hospitalized for a serious health issue can be a disorienting, stressful and scary experience. If medical care is located far from home, staying close and being together as the patient recovers can be a significant challenge for many families. By providing a comfortable and welcoming place for families to stay while their children receive […]

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When Your Kids Won’t Eat Anything at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Not only does it occur during the same month as my birthday, but a holiday devoted entirely to relaxing with family while enjoying delicious carb-laden foods is right up my alley. When I was growing up in California, my family usually celebrated Thanksgiving at our house, with […]

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