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Christine

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Born and raised in Grand Blanc Michigan, Christine and her husband are big fans of “do what works for you” parenting. She’s a stay at home mom to two boys, born 13 months apart, and stepmom to a creative and compassionate grown daughter. Michael, a sensitive and resolute 4 year old and Andrew, a 3 year old wildly spirited soul, keep Christine active and on her toes. She hopes to instill her same love of the Michigan outdoors in her kids by keeping busy outside. They can often be found walking their two German Shepards, cheering on the Detroit Tigers, exploring local parks or enjoying play dates anywhere kids can expend large amounts of energy with minimal destruction of property.

A Hysterectomy at 41: It’s Not our Grandma’s Surgery Anymore

I went to see my doctor for a routine screening and left with an appointment for a hysterectomy. A woman's reproductive life is split into three phases: the before, during, and after. I thought I'd...

Decorations + Beautiful, Messy Memories: I Don’t Want My Kids To Outgrow Holiday Magic

I haven't decorated for Christmas in years except for the top three feet of our artificially lighted fir. Just a handful of plastic ornaments and a cheap star are all the decorations I'm willing...
This Year, I'm Simplifying Christmas

This Year, I’m Simplifying Christmas

I start planning for the Holiday season earlier and earlier every year. Last year I began in July, making lists of all the loved ones I need to shop for and jotting down ideas...

Keeping Your Kids Engaged in Remote Learning: One Mom’s Top Tips

The first few weeks of remote learning have left me feeling pretty lost as a parent. My 5-year-old couldn't sit through a movie he wanted to watch in a theater for two hours let...

How I’m Teaching My Kids To Set Personal Boundaries 

“Mom, I don’t like being called Mikey,” my 6-year-old confided while I made dinner. It struck me as pretty out of the blue because only an occasional family member or friend uses the nickname...

My Hope for the Post-Pandemic, New Normal

I read the next pandemic-fueled headline as I sipped my coffee and felt a small jolt in my chest. “Best Buy Joins Walmart, Target in Closing Stores Thanksgiving Day” It wasn’t the caffeine from my third...

Stop! Don’t Post Pictures of Other People, Especially Kids, Online

Raise your hand if the birth of your child was announced via a Facebook or Instagram post before your epidural wore off. I can’t be the only one who awoke from their first night’s...

How To Slow Traffic Down On Your Quiet Street

“Hey, Christine. Is that your blue car I see speed past my house after school every day?” At 16, it might not have mattered who was asking, the answer was likely "yes." On this...

Parental Survival Mode: I’m The Spouse of an Essential Worker

I was hunkered down on my bathroom floor, numbly scrolling through my phone when I got a text from my husband. “Is everything ok?” I looked at the time and realized I’d been in...