Mary C

Mary C
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Mary grew up in Texas but fled north in pursuit of seasons and snow. She fell for a Michigan boy, and they are raising three mini Michigangsters. Mary lives for 90's music, books by Jasper Fforde, strong mosquito repellent, and using a big word when a little one will do. She adores her husband and children, tolerates housework, and dotes on her flock of backyard chickens.

Pretend Play: Does My Child Wish She Was an Orphan?!

"So, pretend my name is Maralynn and my parents are both dead." Well, the name is very original, but I'm sure you can imagine the shock that gives a mama's heart when she hears her...

It’s Monarch Butterfly Season! Raising Butterflies at Home with Kids

Every year we mark the beginning of a very special season in our house: the first time we see a monarch butterfly. Monarchs are the gorgeous orange and black butterflies you see flittering all...

70 mph at Birth: The Car Baby’s Dramatic Entrance

This year, we celebrate seven years since my boy made his, ahem, dramatic entrance into this world. He was my second and was known only to us as Gummy Bear, or That Gigantic Stomach That...

Note to Self: Remember This is “Happily Ever After”

I remember being 14 when my whole world revolved around the dream of soul mates. "Obsessed" doesn't even begin to cover it. I've always been a romantic. Every male I saw was a contender....
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Tips for the Most Correct Christmas Card Ever

I know I'm not the only one who cringes when they see things on billboards, on restaurant menus, on television, and sometimes - gasp! - on Christmas cards. So here is my handy guide to making your Christmas card grammatically, punctuationally, and spelling-ly correct. {Although, hopefully, you can spell your names!}

My Two-Step Cure for Smelly Shoes

Will the aromatic assault ever end? When you're pregnant, smells are extra sharp and often make you nauseous. After baby's arrival, diapers are putrid. Once they're big enough to giggle about it, passing gas is...

It’s Group Fundraiser Season: THIS is How You Respond to a Child Selling Something

Friends, I'm afraid it's group fundraiser season again. The kiddos are bringing music booster fundraiser kits home, with visions of incentive prizes dancing in their heads. The Cub Scouts are at the gas station,...

“Me Time” Doesn’t Mean “Not You Time”

For the past two years, some of my girlfriends and I have gone on a river tubing adventure right before school starts up. It helps clear our heads, lets us let loose, and just...

How Willy Wonka Helps Me Parent

I would love to say I was very intentional about introducing my children to that wizard of scrumdiddlyumptious things, Willy Wonka. The truth is, I came upon the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory {by the...