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Memories of Mama

My mama was a force to be reckoned with. She always had a laugh or smile that would warm your heart. She didn’t take no gruff and you better come with your best southern manners.    She made instant friends and fans wherever she went (one time, I was living in Austin and a woman…

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It’s that time again. BACK. TO. SCHOOL.  Whether your child is going physically or virtually, it is important to start some routines or rituals.  Here is my advice for this year: First: Sleep is Crucial. Make sure children get enough sleep. Since having the longest Spring Break ever, some of us have just been plain…

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September: NICU Awareness Month

September is a month near and dear to my motherhood journey. 14 years ago, it’s when I had my first daughter and became a mom at 17. I thought that was a HUGE part of my story. Don’t get me wrong, it still is. I just never knew what happened 12 years later would change…

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Ready or not, school is back on and it’s full steam ahead with team fundraising, booster clubs, yearbooks, and everything in between. And guess which parent skipped the meeting and got assigned to ask for donations? Yeah, that’s you. You’ve been volun-told and you don’t know where to start and asking for money is awkward…

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Blogging… we share tips, talk about family budgets, chore charts, all the things; but one of the most important parts of blogging is simply this: real people relating to real people. Here real parents, relating to real parents. These last couple of months have been quite the roller coaster ride at The Holley House. For…

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End Of School Year

I know this isn’t the end of year we had all planned.   When you have kids, back to school and end of school is usually our calendar year, am I right? It’s weird, all being in an uncertainty. Isn’t it? Will anything ever look the same? My heart hurts for those of you that…

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Hey Mom Friend..Checking On You

Hi Parent Friends!   I’m checking on you during this world wide pandemic. Seeing if you are conquering school at home, feeding your children every 30 minutes, work and oh and your mental health! No, good because none of us are. Remember to give yourself love and grace. About the only tip I have is…

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For those of you who haven’t checked out my bio yet, I’m a foster parent. Four years ago my husband and I started discussing opening our home and we were the most terrified individuals on planet Earth. One because the thought of someone judging my parent worthiness made me scared. I knew we would love…

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“I Will Never Do That”

“I will never do that.”  If I could count the “I will never do thats” that I’ve done in the last couple of years.  I got home last night after dinner and chuckled at how many rules I had broken for the pre-child version of Brooke in just one meal.  Child dressed like Elsa in…

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