family · parenting · planning · travel

Cross-Country Roadtripping: Phase One

When last I left you guys, I was hinting at the beginnings of our amazing 13-state sojourn across America, full of camping and learning and being utterly in awe of the wonders of nature all around us. Sigh. It really was wonderful. But how did we get there, you say? In my wildest dreams, I just keep… Continue reading Cross-Country Roadtripping: Phase One

faith · family · holidays

Our Kid-Friendly Messianic Seder (Whew!)

Well friends, I pulled it off. Our family of 6 just survived the Feast of Unleavened Bread (that’s seven days of no bread in a house that lives 50% off PB&Js, mind you) and had a killer Pesach celebration to boot. The kids had fun, we had fun, and we had *hardly any complaints about… Continue reading Our Kid-Friendly Messianic Seder (Whew!)

family · healthy living · mental health · Mom time · parenting

I’m back!

Hello friends! Oh man. It’s been close to a year since my last post. Really, Lauren? What happened??? So here’s the thing. In my last post, I talked about taking a break from social media. But true story… I needed a break from media in general. I needed to work some stuff out. I knew… Continue reading I’m back!

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How I Manage a Weekly Day Off

  Our life is a little crazy. Homeschooling with toddlers in the background is definitely not a recipe for peace and quiet. Right now, as I’m typing in my kitchen, one toddler is trying on my sleep mask and the other one is trying to snatch it off him, and I’m trying to ignore the older girls… Continue reading How I Manage a Weekly Day Off

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Avoiding Summer Burnout

It’s almost here. We’ve officially wrapped up homeschool, Miss Celia’s school is on its final stretch, and we’re already getting the emails that slots are filling fast- we have to register for camps now if we want to guarantee a space! Wasn’t it just Christmas? I feel like I was drinking a hot toddy and… Continue reading Avoiding Summer Burnout

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(Mom)Me Time

I just love America. And current events. And current events that take place in America. Like this gem: “Me-ternity” Leave Is A Very Bad Name For a Very Good Idea. Yep, just in time for Mother’s Day, it’s a great look at a one woman writer’s unintended social gaffe (and to be fair, an interview with… Continue reading (Mom)Me Time

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Minimalism Part 3: Keeping it Going

  Greetings friends! If you’re just tuning in, you may want to check back at the previous posts in this modern-family-does-minimalism series, here. Today I’m sharing the final step in the process for us, which, inherently, is the hardest one. One of my favorite parts in Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is when she… Continue reading Minimalism Part 3: Keeping it Going