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Maine-based independent publishing company launches children’s book at The Briar Patch

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I also hope you will be able to join us on Friday at The Briar Patch. The fun begins at 5:30 PM, and we’ll have a poetry reading, an art activity for children in honor of the The Art Walk events, and a signing. I don’t know how well my son is going to sign those books, but, by golly, he’s going to try.

5 tips for bringing St. Patrick’s Day to life with your kids

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! And, if you’re like millions of Americans, there’s a good chance you have some Irish heritage. I come from a long line of proud Irish people, and my husband has an Irish background as well. Our youngest has an Irish name, and this week, as we watch the NCAA tournament, one […]

When every day’s a snow day: Snow day tips from a homeschooling mom

trees in snow

I didn’t always homeschool. My oldest is in college, and he went to public school all his life. So, even though I homeschool now, I know what snow days feel like, and I know the struggle. I’ve always been a teacher, so it was almost always the case that, if my son got a snow […]

Chinese New Year: It’s the year of the rooster!

Chinese New Year is coming, and it’s the year of the rooster! This is going to mean a lot to my fellow chicken friends. I would love to sit here and pretend I’m this cultured person who has traveled the world and fully appreciates all the beautiful cultures our big world has to offer, but […]

Something you want and something you need: Making the holidays special on a budget

Christmas present

I always feel a sort of push and pull at Christmas time. For years, I’ve been trying to learn to live more frugally, but, in the last year, as we’ve worked to simplify and work less, sometimes, I do feel like things are a little too austere around here. I should provide context. Austere for […]

A recipe for adding a little history to your Thanksgiving tradition

corn harvest

I love Thanksgiving. It’s a lot of work and we have no family here in Maine to celebrate with, but our little family has developed some Thanksgiving traditions that are fun and important to us. While I’m a big believer in telling children the truth about our history, I’ve found myself hesitant to deliver to […]

A guide to surviving the holidays for introverted mothers

mom in winter

I have a confession. I’m an introvert. I mean I’m an INFJ, which, according to researchers, is the “rarest” personality type, which feels like a nice way of telling me “you’re weird.” But I know I’m not alone in my introverted ways. In fact, there are now websites devoted to the woes and perks of […]

Lessons I’ve learned from my chickens about being a mom

chicken coop

It has been just over a year since we brought home our first baby chickens, and they’re all big girls now. We got another set of babies in March, but they’re almost big girls, and just this week, they moved into the “big girl house,” the chicken coop. I was so worried about this big […]