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Summer Reading: Great Book Series

Summer is quickly approaching, but many school-age kids are already dreading the “summer reading” concept.  Why not introduce some great book series to get them hooked on reading for the entire summer break?  My kids (ages 13 and 10) helped me compile this list of our favorite book series, for your child to read independently or for your whole family to […]

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On Being a Groupie

At Thanksgiving, the Pittsburgh Moms Blog contributors were asked to write what they were thankful for in a Facebook post. Most contributors wrote about their families, but I took the opportunity to turn in a cheeky post about how I was thankful for my “boyfriend” Sting. Readers probably assumed that I have a little crush […]

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Why We Take Our Kids to Concerts and Shows

Last fall, the popular all-male a capella singing group Straight No Chaser announced a Christmas show at the Benedum Center in December.  I had been eagerly awaiting the announcement, and happily circled the date of the ticket sale on my calendar.  I asked several fellow moms if they were interested in taking their families, most […]

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My First and Only Mammogram

On November 21, 2014, I got my first screening mammogram. After that experience, I will NEVER get one again. If you think it’s because the mammogram was painful, you would be wrong. If you think it’s because there was something “suspicious” that turned out to be a false positive, you’d be wrong again. If you think […]

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My husband enjoying some quiet time with an orphan.  This young boy's mother died when he was four months old and his family was unable to afford formula.

Motherhood in Tanzania

I recently returned from my “bucket-list” safari in Africa. We visited Tanzania for 10 days, where we saw more animals than we could have imagined and had an absolutely amazing time! What I didn’t anticipate, however, was how affected I would be by the people we met in Tanzania. It really opened my eyes to […]

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