Cupcake Baking Party, in Pandemic Style

When you have a teenager, turning 15, during a global pandemic you get creative. My girl loves to bake, but our dreams of having all the girls over to bake and decorate cupcakes (and do other crafts) in our kitchen just didn’t seem safe or smart, all things considered. So, we moved it outside. Anna-Laura…

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A “Meat Fest” Birthday for the Teenager

The older my boys get, the more I realize just how much their lives revolve around sports, food and sleep. Repeat. They’re also asking me to dial it back a bit in the birthday celebrating department. Eeek. But, I get it. I also realize that dialing it back for me is not the same as…

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A Very Texan Teenage Birthday Celebration

With our oldest daughter’s thirteenth birthday on the horizon this spring, I was stumped with how to properly celebrate it. I wanted her to know how special she was, involve the moms of her friends in some way and do something memorable. A providential evening at a Catholic schools event with the First Lady of…

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A Foodie Kind of 16th Birthday

Looking for a fun, and easy, birthday for your teenager? Just feed them! Venture to any of Austin's best food trailers and maybe catch a mural or two, but be prepared to roll home.

Peas and carrots. Peanut butter and jelly. Sweet and tea. Teenagers and food. Some things just go together, don’t they? For our oldest son’s 16th birthday, I struggled with wanting to throw him an epic birthday with not wanting to embarrass the heck out of him. It’s a fine line, this parenting a teenager gig.…

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The Thing We’re All Failing At…Miserably

Every parent does it, yet none of us wants to admit it.

A thousand hours I have spent thinking, praying and pondering this subject. That is not an exaggeration. If you’re the parent of a tween or teen, then I suspect you have, too. It seems as if our kids are growing up – fast – thanks to the information superhighway and social media. When I put…

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