Author Archive | Amanda Frederick


October Fun in the Lou

October is my favorite month in Saint Louis.  I love the colorful autumn leaves and pumpkins everywhere.  I love taking my kids to festivals, pumpkin farms, and apple picking.  I look forward to a chill in the air and the smell of outdoor fire pits.  This October is the first year I have three (fairly) […]

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Kid Birthday Parties: What Works

Before we had children, my husband and I used to regularly throw parties for our friends. After we had children, birthday celebrations for our kids have taken the place of the parties we used to throw.  With three children whose birthdays are three different times of the year, it seems we are always planning someone’s […]

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Easy Buttons For Moms

As a mother, so often it seems I have to take the path of most resistance.  Whether it’s making sure I have the safest car seats installed correctly or the most educational extracurricular activities picked out for my kids, often I feel as though some parts of my life have to be hard or I […]

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Summer in St. Louis: 10 Kid-Friendly Patios

Dining out with children can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be impossible! One of my family’s favorite summer traditions is outdoor dining. Here is a list of our favorite kid and family-friendly patios in St. Louis! The Boathouse at Forest Park Enjoy unique waterside dining that is kid friendly. Paddleboat rentals are available, […]

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Giving Grandparents A Chance

When I was a child, my brother and I spent every Saturday watching at least 5 hours of cartoons. My mom worked every Saturday, so bright and early she would take us to my grandparents house.  My grandma, Dorothy, always called the night before, and my brother and I got to pick what we wanted [...]
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Our daughter Rosa


Naming a human being is a daunting task for my husband and me as we’ve named our children, so many factors go into picking a name for them.  It has to sound good of course, but it must also be meaningful, have no negative associations, and have a positive association in history.  Before we even [...]
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To-do: Play with my Children

Daily I am struck by just how blessed I am to get to do life with these kids.  Yes, it's chaotic.  Even as I write this with a  four-month-old in my lap, I've been asked six times to find paper doll accessories, watch ballet moves with a hoolah hoop and provide expert medical advice for [...]
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