Author Archives: MommaMani

Making Musical Memories {A Promise Redeemed}

There is something about music that speaks to us. Music can influence a mood or help us relive a memory. For me, there are songs that instantly transport me back to a time and a place – somewhere distinct or … Continue reading

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A Taste of Spain {Sponsored by Dole}

This post is sponsored by Dole.  No compensation was received, just the goodies to host the Taste of Spain party.  All thoughts and opinions are our own and were in no way influenced by the sponsor. When I was asked … Continue reading

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Backseat Parenting – Grandparent Style

I have become the victim of backseat parenting. Or, should I say, I’ve been become a victim of grandparenting. Almost a year ago, my parents (and my grandmother) moved from Louisiana to a lovely house about 3 streets away from … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Doing Nothing

I had a mommy-friend call me up the other week, asking for advice about how to deal with her son’s behavior. “Jake” (as I will call him) is friends with both of my boys. He is a sweet and considerate … Continue reading

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The Mother of Sons: Having Boys Doesn’t Mean No Worries

When I found out I was pregnant with my younger son, I remember being told by quite a few people how lucky I was to have two sons, “Because boys are easier to raise than girls.” I was reminded that … Continue reading

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Dining Out with My Kids? Better Bring the Meds.

The other day, I was perusing my favorite news sites and came across the story of a restaurant that gave a family a $4 discount on their meal for having “Well Behaved Kids.” Predictably, the comments section was filled with … Continue reading

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A Boy, His Mohawk and a Lesson on Being Different

Ever since I first let my husband take Older Boy to get his haircut without my supervision, my darling husband has been encouraging Older Boy to get a Mohawk. The vision of my firstborn sporting a Mohawk was not one … Continue reading

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Consumerism, Our Kids and the Damage We Do

My kids had been hard at work compiling their Christmas lists. Older Boy, who is 5, had a long list this year, with items ranging from Skylanders Giants to a Rip Rider. Younger Boy, who is 3, had only one … Continue reading

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