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A Playdate-Style Birthday Party

by Mari Walker on

Birthday parties for littles can add up fast. For a few Benjamins, you can take them and a few friends to a bounce place or rent a bounce house for your backyard. We didn’t start big parties like that for my older daughter until she was about five.... Read full article

Joyful Reads from March

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Hello! I’m Joy, and I love to read. I consider it my greatest talent and favorite hobby. Another one of my preferred pastimes is recommending books to anyone who is the least bit curious. Seriously. I am always v... Read full article

Get Your Read On: How to Reach Your Reading Goals in 2022

by Joy Holden on

If you are like me, you cannot believe that 2022 is actually here. Doesn’t that sound like a made-up year for a Dystopian novel? Now that we are starting fresh again, you may have set some intentions or goals for the year. Perhaps one of your aspirat... Read full article

Is This Our New Normal?

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Barry, oh Barry. You arrived late and then left without making much of an impression. And we are grateful! Your tardiness and lack of effort were quite welcome to those of us still suffering from storm shock. Let me just say, on behalf of all the 201... Read full article

I Have a Crush on Book of the Month

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A vibrant blue box full of treasure is delivered to my front door every month. By the time the box arrives, I have been anticipating the moment when I can open the illustrious blue box for a couple of weeks. I open the box with as much excitement as ... Read full article



The New Birthday Plan

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Dear Son: I’m writing to tell you about an exciting change we’ll be making in regard to my birthday this year. Because this is a big birthday year for me (rhymes with shorty), and because you’re such a big boy now, and frankly because I’m a little w... Read full article

Making Your Child's Birthday Special

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While it is important to let your child know how important she is throughout the year, it is crucial to make an extra effort to celebrate who she is on her birthday. ... Read full article

Joyful Reads with Joy from August and September

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Hello! I’m Joy, and I love to read. I consider it my greatest talent and favorite hobby. Another one of my preferred pastimes is recommending reads to anyone who is the least bit curious.... Read full article

Joyful Reads from February

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Hello! I’m Joy, and I love to read. I consider it my greatest talent and favorite hobby. Another one of my preferred pastimes is recommending books to anyone who is the least bit curious. Seriously. I am always volunteering book recs to people near m... Read full article

Birthday Gift Registries: Convenience or Crossing the line?

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Today’s parents are using as many shortcuts as possible to keep up with the demands of the day. Smartphone apps signal appointments and events, SIRI acts as an administrative assistant, and with the click of a few keys you can have groceries delivere... Read full article

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