Wide Leggin’

8 Wide Legged Pants for Fall
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Wide leg pants are everywhere for end-of-summer and fall. I don’t have a single pair yet, but I’m thinking that should change. The styles you see above are my current favorites. (Also – Essley saw me working on this post and said she wants a pair too, so if any of you know of some cute kids’ wide legs, please let me know!)

Who else is feeling the wide leg trend?

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BRAVO Bad Rap! Thank you for always being the voic…

BRAVO Bad Rap! Thank you for always being the voice and heart of reason, compassion and justice! So love that you consistently lead the way…. excellent piece!
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Is this the first step toward world domination?

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A Hero’s Sendoff

When Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung learned his black Lab, Cena, had terminal bone cancer, he knew he had to give the dog a sendoff fit for a hero. Cena was DeYoung’s service dog, but their relationship goes back much further than that. When Cena served the first of this three tours with the Marine Corps […]


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Front Pack Dog

A comfortable ‘front pack’ for this shih-tzu as her owner walks around Ventimiglia market in Italy. 
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Quote fer the Day

“Whether God exists or don’t, don’t matter.  You still owe him.”

Yer Big Dog
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Our Love For Storytime

Our Love For Storytime

I’ve posted here before about how storytime is one of our little ones’ favorite activities. We have family story nights outside in the summer, where we all sit out on our deck and read together. The kids have pretend storytimes of their own, where they snuggle up in the big chair in our living room and Essley “reads” to Emmett. (There is quite possibly nothing more adorable than this, by the way.) Essley and her friends play storytime on playdates. Robbie and I love how much they enjoy these experiences. In a time where screens dominate so much of our daily lives, there is something incredibly reassuring (especially when our kids, like most, admittedly do love their screen time), to know that they find such genuine joy in books.

Because they are such big fans of storytime, you can imagine the kids’ excitement (and then subsequent heartbreak, when they realized we’d have to miss out because we’ll be on vacation!) when we found out about Storytime LIVE!, an awesome event that Kiddie Academy is hosting at multiple locations here in Illinois this Saturday, July 29th. You may remember me singing Kiddie Academy’s praises in the past. They’re a nationally recognized provider of comprehensive educational child care programs, with a really wonderful Life Essentials® curriculum that focuses on social and emotional character education, and physical and cognitive outcomes – all of which are aligned with state preschool learning standards. And Storytime LIVE! is yet another cool thing they’re doing for little ones. It’s a fun, educational community reading event (that is also free!) intended to promote reading amongst kids. It will also help prepare little ones for the transition into school or a school setting through the combination of playtime and leaning (which are the main parts of the Life Essentials® curriculum). And the best part is that Curious George (one of our kids’ all time favorite characters) jumps off the page and visits the classroom in person! So fun, right?

For my readers here in Illinois, ten Kiddie Academy locations will be participating in Storytime LIVE! this weekend: Arlington Heights, Batavia, Carpentersville, Darien, Frankfort, Naperville, Oswego, Park Ridge, Plainfield, and Streamwood. And the event is open to everyone – whether your children are current students, you’d like to learn more about Kiddie Academy, or you’d just like to be a part of this special experience with your kids! To reserve your spot to attend, just click here. If we weren’t going to be several hundred miles away, we would be there in a heartbeat. And if you go, I’d love to hear about it!

Do your kids enjoy storytime as much as mine do? What books are their favorites?

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New South Korean president adopts rescue dog

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Donna, thanks so much for addressing this paralle…

Donna, thanks so much for addressing this parallel. When my own girl, Daisy, joined me in 2001, it became devastatingly clear that the model of thought that engenders pit bull-type prejudice is inevitably linked to human ethnicity prejudice. When Daisy joined me, I had no idea that "pit bulls" were a thing. Except that my girl was one, I had no idea that dog breeds could be a target of prejudice. My girl taught me to always greet hatred with love and compassion, even joy. It came to be that while we stood shoulder to shoulder, we were standing for not only ourselves, but for all sentient beings. Tolerance and kindness is non-negotiable, and while it may never become the baseline, I hope that by working together, it may at least become socially formative across ALL demo graphics.
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Just One of Those Days (+ Taking A Little Break)

I fully intended on having a fantastic post prepared for you guys today, but instead I’m just going to get real and admit that after all of the traveling we’ve done the last few weeks, a trip we’re leaving for today (which you might have read about here; ya know, the one that I, for months, thought was next week), a pretty big work load for me with partnerships for here and on Instagram and my freelance stuff, the zillion activities the kids are in right now, and just life in general, I can’t seem to get my sh*t together today. I have some really great posts coming up in the next couple of weeks, but today just felt so overwhelming that I didn’t feel like “wasting” them. That sounds really negative, and I’m honestly not feeling negative at all. I mean really, I’m pretty lucky that I have the option of saying “I don’t feel like doing my job today.” And I’m really looking forward to our trip (which we’re taking with my late stepdad’s big, wonderful family, in his honor), despite the fact that I got the weeks mixed up and have been frantic. And right before we leave today, Emmet has his annual developmental therapy assessment for his epilepsy and I just have a great feeling he’s going to be assessed as even better than great. I am grateful everyday for my life and my family and my work. But yeah, today I just needed to write an old-school-blog style post where I’m just talking to you all like we’re having coffee (or better yet, a margarita) at some really great outdoor cafe, and not sugar coating how I’m feeling. Ya know?

I’ll leave you with that, and the grainy but beloved photo above, which is from when we went to Door County with my stepdad and his family back in 2015. (Emmett is the age now that Essley was then. Weird.) I’m going to take a few day break from the blog, but we’ll be back here next Tuesday, with a much more inspired post. And you can always follow along with our trip (which includes a 6+ hour car ride with my children) here. Happy early weekend, friends. May you get a little break too.

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