Author Archive | Liz Renneker

The Talk

“The Talk”… Are You Prepared?

In a CMB contributor poll about embarrassing moments, a time in many of our lives came up surrounding the start of menstruation. It just so happened that many could relate to the feelings of confusion, panic, fear, and embarrassment that body puberty brings. This conversation combined with my recent experience of speaking to a 4th […]

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Elf on the Shelf tradition

The Elf has Arrived

    In recent years elves have been appearing on shelves, in homes, across the countries leading up to Christmas. Some are merrily sitting on shelves and others are conjuring mischief as the family sleeps, both with the creepy side eyed grin. Parents are bribing, threatening, and occasionally praising children in the name of their elf.  […]

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Christmas in Moderation

I am the first to admit I love the Christmas season. I am anxious to get the house decorated, a tree up, and cookies in the oven. I reflect on the past year, look at where I can give more time and more financial help to organizations close to my heart. As our children are […]

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Chilly weather brings chili for dinner in our home. I enjoy giving my family healthy, comforting meals despite our crazy schedules in the evenings. Three school-age children are pulling my husband and I in three directions, all nights of the week. Instead of the “easy” drive-thru dinner, I’ve found with about 30 minutes of kitchen prep […]

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Explore the Metro Parks with geocaching!

Geocaching: A Real Life Treasure Hunt

Geocaching has been around for some time but has recently gained traction in central Ohio. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Coming from Colorado and having a love for […]

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The Summer Balancing Act

Summer Balancing Act

For those parents who are home during the summer months, it can be a tough decision of how much “to do”. Some moms believe that summer days should be spent with no agenda and allowing kids to have free play all day, every day. Others are in the opposite field and have camps, activities, and […]

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Gardening with Children

  “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” -Audrey Hepburn A garden provides a wonderful tool for children to experience the life cycle first hand. Children learn by doing, and a garden is a perfect way to provide a hands-on experience. To be able to explore, dig, water, observe, and so much more we […]

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