Krista Hager

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No Good Very Bad Day? Be Here Now, Not There!

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No good Very Bad Day? Be Here Now, Not There!  I quickly wipe tears away from my swollen eyes as my daughter leaps in for a giant embrace. She is truly the most empathetic creature I...
when you grow up

Who, NOT What, I Want my Children to be When They Grow Up

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My daughter is barely three years old and already the undercurrent, “What will you be when you grow up?” seamlessly seeps through our daily air.  As a stay-at-home-mom, I cringe at this question, and...

I was a Crunchy Mama Fraud!

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“So what would you like to do with your placenta?” my compassionate Midwife inquired. “Yeah sure I’ll keep that.” I half-heartedly returned. (I heard it was good for you and…stuff…?) “OK then! Where is your ice chest...
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50 Very Valid Reasons My Toddler Cried Today

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Wow! Let’s talk about toddlers… because I know we don’t talk about them enough ;-)  But just WOW… Personally, I have one verbal toddler and one ‘baby toddler’ that doesn’t talk yet (throws tantrums...
Like a Girl

Like A Girl

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One Friday night my husband and I got WAAAY too into a surprisingly intense round of toddler basketball, when we realized we weren’t actually letting our toddler have the ball as our excited spirits...
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#Momstrong Stronger Than You Realize

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“You are stronger than you realize!”  This “mantra” was exclaimed to me countless times by the well-meaning midwife as I attempted to master what really should be physiologically impossible and push something the size of...
tantrums and wine

‘Tis the Season for Tantrums and Wine!

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Christmas season is my FAVORITE time of year!!! I love the obnoxiousness of the sights and sounds, the over indulgence of holiday garb, treats, and eats, the parties, the ugly sweaters, the occasional Texas...
gratitude

Timeless Gratitude: You’re Welcome!

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“Noooo!” tears and screams erupt from my very opinionated two-year-old daughter. “I want the PINK butterfly one!!!!!” I chuckle to myself, “What you meant to say was THANK YOU!” Confused she looks up at me.  In full...
family vacations are vacations

Family Vacations ARE Vacations

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What is the first thing you get asked when telling your closest friends about a vacation?  Immediately following, “Where are you going?” It’s usually “Kids. Or no kids?” If no kids, you might often...
believe in magic

Do You Believe in Magic? Your Child Does!

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“Wee Wee”  Then... “Ta Da!” Addy proudly exclaims with her “WOW” grin. I glance over precipitously. I mean “Ta Da” can mean a LOT of things in our house. Yesterday it meant a Crayola Picasso...