Author Archive | Erin Ellis


Nighttime Potty Training

If there is such a thing…I’ve been wondering that a lot lately. When my daughter was old enough, we took her to the potty every 30 min or so and rewarded her whenever she went tinkle or poo in it…worked like a charm. She is dry all day long, no trouble there really, whatsoever. What […]

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Why I Observe Lent

For 40 days and 40 nights, Jesus walked the desert, facing temptation in a time of need; For 21 days, Ghandi refused to eat in peaceful protest and penitence; For 25 days, Cesar Chavez fasted to protest pesticides. People have practiced periods of self-denial for thousands of years, and for various reasons, usually to bring […]

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Activities for Sick Days

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s kind of little flu, strep throat, you-name-it epidemic going on right now. Chances are, you’ve had the flu or some sinus situation that has left you and your kiddos stuck in the house. All. day. long. Don’t panic!!! There are some actual fun activities you and your […]

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Well Aren’t You Special…

Ever meet those moms or other adults who make you feel like a mom-failure? Whenever this happens, I can’t help but think about an old Saturday Night Live skit that Dana Carvey used to do called, “Church Lady.” He dressed in a high-necked cardigan, a helmet-haired wig, and glasses, and sat in a church office […]

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Napping Wars

Frustration What is more frustrating than a baby fighting nap time? You just get your schedule down, with eating, napping, and bedtime, then baby decides, she’s not having it, and you feel like your world is tumbling down! Parenting. Fail. I spent so many afternoons obsessively staring at the monitor to see if my daughter, […]

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Bye Bye Pacifier!

What could be better than a newborn taking a pacifier right away and being immediately soothed by it? My husband and I thought we lucked out when Elizabeth took a pacifier like a champ. What we didn’t realize then was that she would be attached to that soother for four years! Her dentist was not […]

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Planning a Halloween Party

So, you wanna plan a Halloween party (cue Vincent Price’s “Thriller” Laugh)…Here are some tips and ideas for hosting a “Spooktacular” Soiree! Halloween party tips:  Decide on a Budget: The biggest decision maker will be how much you want to spend. Will this be a fancy evening with rented tables and chairs, a ghoulish band […]

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