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When at the end of your rope, tie a knot and take a breather. Let’s cut the cute stuff and get down to it. Parenting just stinks sometimes. Literally. I cleaned up a lot of pee off the floor today. I’ve...
Even though it's thrown around a lot this time of year, the word "resolution" always felt heavy to me in its tone. To resolve to do something is a BIG commitment for someone who's reluctant to give attention to...

Resolution: Eat More Cake

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10, 9, 8… 3, 2, 1… the ball dropped, the clock struck midnight, and glasses clinked. After a shortened night’s sleep, the calendar read Jan. 1. It was time to write down those resolutions. Let’s be honest, I am not going...
This time of year, I struggle. I struggle to find joy in my most favorite time of year. A time where we celebrate (in my family) the birth of Jesus. The time of year where family gathers and cold...
Long gone are the days when we would venture out for New Year's Eve and stay until the ball drop. Usually, those days took place in our college town or a friend's home, but we did watch the ball...
We've asked our readers and our team to help us round up the best holiday lights in Greater Dayton this year! Here is your guide.... Light Up Middletown Drive-thru light display Cash donation - you set the price! Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave,...
When my husband and I found out we were expecting our first son, we began dreaming of all the new holiday traditions we’d create together. We had so many wonderful ideas that we were determined to do year, after...
Navigating appointments with kids is never a fun job. With three kids, I’ve gone back and forth over the years making combined or individual appointments. For their routine dental cleaning, we opt for the chaos of one visit. I thought...
Before becoming a holiday staple in many homes, the original "Elf on the Shelf" was called a teacher with eyes in the back of her head. But in the mid-2000s, I remember seeing red and white onesie-wearing dolls popping...
The holiday season is well underway, and while I very much enjoy the magic of this time of year, I'm going to have to bum y'all out a little. Because this is the second Christmas running that I have not...
My daughter is at the age where she desires independence, and yet is unable to grasp what that entails. She clings to me when hungry and then pushes me away as soon as I’m no longer needed. She is...
I ordered a shirt from one of those online boutiques. I was able to pick the color and word that went on the front of the shirt in typewriter print. I carefully chose my favorite hue of green and...

Thankful for the Dirty Dishes

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My sink is piled high with dirty dishes. Laundry baskets decorate my bedroom. Yet, I am thankful for the dirty dishes. Not the typical “What are you thankful for this holiday season?” Yes, I am thankful for my family, friends, and...
A mission that began more than six years ago expanded during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and is now providing meals to organizations that feed those in need every week.  Former owner of Evans Bakery, Bill Evans, created Set...

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February Dayton Dozen :: Guide to Family-Friendly Events {2022}

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