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A Smile Sweeter Than Any Cupcake

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Like most babies, when Jack Beach turned one, his parents, Emily and David, switched him to whole milk and started adding fruits and veggies to his diet. Unlike most babies, however, Jack reacted badly and began having 7-10 icky diapers per day. With... Read full article

Hawks Cay Resort: Duck Key, Florida

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The 60-acre award-winning family-friendly resort reopened last year, following a $50 million renovation, and it’s evident that a welcoming spirit is ingrained in the fabric of the community. VP Managing Director Sheldon Suga says it best: “Our cultur... Read full article

Austin, Texas

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Saddle up for a Texas-sized adventure. The capital city welcomes everyone from cowpokes to city folks. You and your posse can round up a full day of fun visiting one-of-a-kind restaurants, museums, parks and waterways. Austin has been dubbed “The Liv... Read full article

Feeling Fit for Fall

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Balancing taking your children from place to place and your own busy schedule is a difficult task, and working out often falls by the wayside.... Read full article

Building a Legacy of Love One Hug at a Time

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Avery Vasta is a preschooler at Central Primary in Gonzales. When she hears music, she has to stop and dance, and she’s free with hugs and kindness, making her a favorite at school and everywhere she goes. She loves Moana and Elena of Avalor. Avery, ... Read full article



Swimming into Summertime

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Learning to swim is a valuable part of any child’s life, and it’s also a fun form of exercise, especially in the summer. ... Read full article

Rising Above Challenges

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Parenting Advice from The Sopranos?

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I was a high school senior when The Sopranos debuted 20 years ago. I lived in the middle of nowhere, Oklahoma, and didn’t have basic cable let alone access to HBO to see the cultural juggernaut as it was airing for the first time. ... Read full article

Sleepaway for Mama: Leaving My Daughters Overnight for the First Time

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In more than seven and a half years of parenting, I had never left my children overnight until recently. Other than her recent trip to pony camp, the only time I was away from my older daughter was when my younger daughter was born. I stayed in the h... Read full article

How Do I Respond to Comments from Kids About My Body?

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As I established in Suit Up, Mama, I’m living my life in a fat body. It’s not good or bad, it just is. I certainly wish my body were smaller sometimes, and I do exercise and try to be healthy. But I also accept it for what it is: my body that allows ... Read full article

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