Author Archive | Amy Sanders

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Festive Holiday Cocktails (and Mocktails!)

The holiday season offers no shortage of reasons to celebrate, so check out some of my favorite festive drinks to enjoy with friends and family (or by yourself, no judgment here!) And because I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on the festivities, I’ve included the ‘mocktail’ version for each, suitable for kids, preggos, or […]

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Choosing Kids Activities Wisely

“Wow – you guys sure are busy!”  As a mom of three, I’ve heard this phrase a lot already, and my kids are only 7, 5, and 2. We’ve tried to strike a good balance of getting our kids into different types of activities while maintaining a good amount of free time, but sometimes our […]

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A Mom of Three’s Fall Bucket List

It’s officially fall in St. Louis. Despite my love for tank tops and pool time, I am ready to embrace the transition into the new season. It makes the transition from summer to winter easier to swallow when you can enjoy all the quintessential “autumn” activities. And it’s icing on the cake when your kids […]

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Sometimes We All Need a Reset

Sometime deep into the second week of school, my second grader, kindergartener, and terrible two-er hit the proverbial wall. Their bodies were tired, their brains were fried, and dealing with them felt more like hostage negotiations than parenting. I was out of tricks, out of patience, and had resorted to yelling (we all know how […]

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National Parks Close to Home

When you think about the National Parks Service, I bet you are picturing the big ones: Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, etc. I’ve never been a “national parks” person until this summer, and I didn’t have to travel very far to become one! There are two national parks right on our doorstep and another one within […]

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The Art of the Modern Thank You

We can all agree that we’re not out buying other children birthday gifts, delivering meals to the grieving, and helping out our friends in need just for the thank you notes. But thanking someone for a kind gesture or gift allows you to express your gratitude directly to that person, which is important. I know, […]

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Melanoma Awareness

You may have a love/hate relationship with the freckles that cover your skin, but they’re harmless. When you’re covered with moles like I am, that’s a whole different story. May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and as someone who’s had a recent brush with it, I wanted to share my story to help bring awareness to […]

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What’s Your Mom Mantra?

My husband and I belong to a small group from our church that is made up of other parents of small children. We’ve been meeting regularly for almost eight years, so we’ve gotten to know each other pretty well, and at a recent get-together, one of the fellow moms posed the question to the group: […]

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My Real-Deal Book Club

March 2nd is National Read Across America Day, and while those of you with school-aged children are probably familiar with this ‘holiday’ in the context of childhood reading (and how important it is), I’d rather talk about my book club. I’m often shocked by how few fellow adults read, and I’ll admit that there have […]

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