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Sensory Toys for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

According the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 in 68 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Autism can make normal daily activities challenging and stressful for children and their parents. Here are a few great sensory toys for kids on the Autism spectrum that will help relieve stress for parents while helping…

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The Oklahoma City Bombing: the day that changed my perspective

When I was a kid, growing up in New Mexico, I lived a somewhat sheltered life. I grew up in a stable family with loving parents and a sense of security that every child should feel. In the small town where we lived, kids could freely ride their bikes around the neighborhood for hours, only…

Damon Lane KOCO Meteorologist Oklahoma

Why We Don’t Travel in Spring

I used to love spring. It was my favorite time of year. The flowers bloom, the trees bud, temperatures warm up, and I can finally drink a margarita on a patio again. Ahh, spring. It was so beautiful in my 20s. Nowadays, I have an entirely different view of the spring season, mainly because I…

Parenthood and Passports - Steamboat Springs

Returning to a Special Place: Steamboat Springs

This week we are heading to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Damon has a work conference there, and Avery and I are tagging along. Steamboat Springs holds a special place in my heart, so returning is very nostalgic. Memorable experiences in Steamboat Springs Damon and I got engaged on a ski trip to Steamboat Springs (although he…

Parenthood and Passports- Motherhood: Learning as we go

Parenthood: Our Greatest Adventure Yet

My husband, Damon, and I have been on some amazing adventures. Backpacking across Europe, hiking 14ers, skiing double blacks, and zip-lining through the Costa Rican rain forest to name a few… But 2015 brought about our greatest adventure yet… parenthood. The birth of our daughter I kicked off 2015 with swollen ankles. I was giant…

Parenthood and Passports - Travelers First Christmas

A Traveler’s First Christmas

Growing up, Christmas was a huge deal in our household. There were tons of presents (too many, really), lots of food (too much of that, too), and a house full of over-the-top, loud, lovely relatives (can never have too many of those). Christmases were always some of my fondest and most cherished childhood memories. Tomorrow,…

Parenthood and Passports - Picky Eater

Sauerkraut and Other Baby Foods

“I can’t believe she is eating sauerkraut! I’ve never seen a baby who liked sauerkraut!” my father-in-law exclaimed as our baby shoveled the pickled cabbage into her mouth. We were dining out at our favorite German restaurant. Our daughter, Avery, was barely 10 months old at the time, and was still as toothless as the…

Parenthood and Passports - Baby Passport Photo

Baby Mugshot or Passport Photo?

Wanted: female infant, 26 inches tall, 12 pounds, brown eyes (or at least we think they’ll turn out brown), and very little hair. Offense: refusing to smile in passport photo. Soon-to-be armed with a potentially explosive poop. That should probably be how the physical description inside Avery’s passport reads. Let’s be honest, I think my…

Parenthood and Passports - Baby in a winery

You have a baby… In a winery 

Yes, we are those parents. It was baby’s first vacation, and we took our dear, sweet, innocent infant to a winery.  Avery had just turned two months old last spring when my husband and I decided we needed to rejoin the land of the living. After eight weeks of sleepless nights, barely showering, hardly leaving…

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