Laura likes to run. She uses it as an excuse to escape her 12, 7 and 5-year-old kids. Cameron, Audrey, and Lexi are amazing but exhausting. Fortunately, Laura’s partner in crime, Craig is pretty amazing himself. They’ve been married too many years to count and moved to Riverview when it was still cows in pastures. Laura worked for 18 years in television news, most recently as Executive Producer of Fox 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay, before taking the leap to the Hillsborough County School District where she works in Communications. Laura’s pet peeves include the use of “lol” and people who wear Crocs.
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Fast, Furious & Gooey – Lexi’s Birth Story!

My first two kids came ON their due dates. So, in my mind, of course, the third would do the same. Right? I woke up the morning of August 31, 2013 feeling… Off. Just crampy and...

A Moment in History – Or the Beginning of a New Way of Life?

I wonder if our kids are living through a moment in history, or the beginning of a whole new way of life? Remember after the September 11th attacks, we almost immediately knew things would never...
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Cursing and Kids: WHAT Did You Just Say?

One evening during quarantine, my family was sitting around the dining room table after dinner playing a game of UNO. Wholesome, right? That’s when my 8-year-old daughter leaned forward to pick a card, rolled her eyes,...

The Day I Realized My Stranger Danger Message Hadn’t Hit Home

I always tell my children not to speak to strangers. I say it a lot and I say it loud. But apparently it’s like most of what I say—in one ear and out the...

6 Outdoor Activities that Have SAVED ME During Quarantine!

My younger two children are practically super-glued to my hip. Quarantine outdoor activities are the only thing saving my sanity. Between working from home and teaching three elementary school kids I'm spent. This quarantine is...

Being REAL about Coronavirus. My Thoughts as It’s Progressed.

“People are freaking out about the coronavirus. Stock up on tuna fish, peanut butter and water.” That was a text message from my mother about stocking up my pantry. My text back: “My family would rather die...

Explaining the “C” Word to my Little Ones

My mom got her cancer diagnosis about two weeks before Thanksgiving. She had a small, stage 1 cancer in her right lung. The doctor recommended surgery to remove half her right lung. I had...
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Playing Outside Without Me? Are They Safe?

This Winter Break was monumental for my little family. I became “comfortable” with my two girls, ages 6 and 8, playing outside without me. I’ve always wanted them to be more active and this Winter...
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Mission Impossible – Gift-Giving for Tweens

Cameron is 12—nearly 13. That's right a tween. And so this year, I began my impossible journey of gift-giving for tweens. He is, without a doubt, the hardest person I have to buy a Christmas...
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Discussing the Seriousness of School Threats with Your Child

It seems every morning when you turn on the news you see the same story—children are arrested for making false school threats. This morning, some kid posted a vague school threat on Instagram along with...