Keep it Real – The Need for Honesty and Openness Online

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There such a need for honesty, openness, and transparency online (and off!). Love this post. I won't unfriend you either for sharing the hard times, and I really hope you will.

How many times do we answer the questions "How are you today?" or "Do you like this?" or "What do you need?" with vague, empty, or untrue answers? How often do we not take people up on their "If there is anything I can do to help, let me know" offers? Chances are if you like a lot of people, myself sometimes included, it's too often. For various reasons, many of us put up walls, give complacent, non-descriptive answers, rather than open up a can of worms or share more than was really wanted by the asker. Instead we keep some pain, heartache, and disappointment inside, just to ourselves.  Even among close family and friends we ...

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How to Start a Book Club: Tips and Suggestions for an Awesome Group

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Great post on how to start a book club! Lots of great tips and suggestions for how to set it up, host, pick books, and more. I so want to start my own book club group now! Who's with me?

Moving to Texas meant I would be leaving some pretty great groups of people behind, and along with them, the regular activities we had, like our monthly book clubs. In Indianapolis I was actually part of two book clubs for years, and most of the time was able to attend them both groups each month. It was so nice to leave the kids behind, read new books and genres, eat some yummy treats, but also to have a little girls night, staying up late into the night (and on a school night!). I loved these nights and I was determined to start a book club myself after we moved if our church congregation wasn't already hosting one. And guess ...

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Who had it Worst? The Pregnancy Debate I Love to Avoid

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Pregnancy Debate of who had it worst

I am one of those lucky "unicorn" women who have relatively easy pregnancies. I never throw up, ever, during my pregnancies. I'm one of those fortunate women who doesn't have to pee every 15 minutes, who sleep through the night all nine months, who carry their babies like a cute basketball (or mini torpedo) stuck under their shirts, who don't go into preterm labor, who has never been on bed rest (yes, even with my twin pregnancy), who hasn't had gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, or wobbled hopelessly like a duck. My C-section was also planned and I was well prepared for it. My vaginal delivery went off without any ...

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When you feel like an Island

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Being a mother changes things, including sometimes how alone you feel.

I recently read a post from Motherhood and More (one of my favorite blogs) called It Takes a Village to Raise a Mother and this post resonated with me so much. I cried. And I am not one to cry easily. But, it brought up so many emotions from my past, and made my heart full in gratitude to the women who reached out to me during my initiation period to motherhood. I wrote about my high dive into motherhood and its trials originally on August 1, 2012 (more than 2 years ago) and am sharing it for the first time with everyone today.Growing up I loved being with people and definitely considered myself a “people-person.”  I wasn’t happy ...

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How to Encourage Imaginative Play in Your Child

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Love these 8 ways to encourage imaginative play in kids! It's so important!

I have twin four year-olds who know how to play and imagine. And I absolutely love it. It is such an important part of childhood. Acting out different situations, expressing different emotions, trying to empathize, and doing bigger and awesomer things. And there are definitely somethings you can do, as a parent, grandparent, or caregiver, to encourage imaginative play in your child. How to Encourage Imaginative Play 1. Costumes Life is better in costume. And so is a child's play. Allowing your child to dress up in fun costumes all year long, and not just at Halloween, is such a great way to encourage an imagination in your ...

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Why I invite people over to my small apartment anyway

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Sometimes I am really self conscious about living in a small apartment, so I love this post about why you should just do it anyway!

Life as a family of five in a 1200 sq. foot apartment townhome can get kind of crowded. One of our three bedrooms is a split baby room and storage room. Really, it's a storage room with a crib, changing table, and glider. Everything else in there is storage because we lack a garage and shed. Our kids' bedrooms are less than 100 sq. feet each. With closets and a bunk bed, their room feels cramped to say the least. There isn't a designated "play room" or area in our house.  Our kids have to play in our twin's bedroom or downstairs in our living/dining area. But, with a large sectional couch, TV stand, large computer desk and chair, ...

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How to Throw a Birthday Party for a Two Year Old

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Some very helpful tips on how to plan a party for a 2 year olds birthday. Very helpful! | whatsupfagans.com

Throwing a party for a one-year-old is a little different than throwing a birthday party for a two-year-old. When your child turns one, the birthday party is more about you and less about them. Your friends come over and bring their babies, and all the parents sit around and talk. Plus, you get tons of new clothes and toys for your baby. All you have to do for a one-year-old baby’s birthday party is set up some food and put up some decorations. A toddler’s birthday party, on the other hand, is all about ensuring that the birthday girl feels special and has fun. Without the proper planning and preparation, things can go awry at ...

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A Little Help From My Friends

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Josh here Fagan fans.  I don’t have a ton to say today, in fact I am not going to talk about bad actors or cars, but I did want to make a request.  You see, I believe in the power of prayer.  I don’t think that all of my prayers are that great or thoughtful, but I believe that the Lord listens to them anyway and He answers in His own way.  The more I put into my prayers the more I think He puts into His answers, the less I put into my prayers, well His answers always seem to be sublime and more than my poor effort sometimes deserves.  Certainly we have a Father in Heaven who loves us. Anyway, at this point I wanted to use this ...

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