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Embracing Change—and Saying Goodbye

Embracing Change—and Saying Goodbye

I’ve never been a fan of change. Change is usually hard. And leads to things unfamiliar. I much prefer the comfort of the safe and known. Unfortunately, change is all but a requirement of life.

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Being Tough

Being Tough

My daughter is tough. In mind, body and spirit. Some days I consider this a blessing, others a curse. This toughness is coming in handy as she’s learning to ride her bike.

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Oh Goodness, I’ve Created a Monster...

Oh Goodness, I’ve Created a Monster...

My husband and I are foodies; we love to try new foods and so passing this love of food on to our kids makes us happy. It really should have come as no surprise when my kids started to give detailed feedback on our meals.

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Whew! The heat is hot.

Whew! The heat is hot.

Just when I thought we had dodged the summer heat, it turns out we haven’t. This year, I found something new to try —spongy water bombs that are inexpensive, fun and easy to make.

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Tooth Fairy Trickery: A Fairy Tale for Grown Ups

Tooth Fairy Trickery: A Fairy Tale for Grown Ups

My 11-year-old son will be entering 6th grade. He’s becoming something of a young man, and he knows a thing or two. We’ve already had “the talk.” Yes, THAT talk. So, really, would it be a surprise to him if I outed the Tooth Fairy?

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Frozen Treats

Frozen Treats

Summertime is great for frozen treats when it comes to dessert, and homemade frozen treats are just too easy to make. Here are three awesomely easy treats we’re enjoying this summer.

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Mom of the Year

Mom of the Year

I urge you to think about that the next time you see another parent who seems to be struggling under the pressure. Remember that some days are hard. Some days, some moments, we all break a little bit. But it does get better.

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Paying for College

Paying for College

It seems like the biggest conversations always happen in the car, when we’re listening to music and just kind of zoning out. What a question! Completely out of left field.

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Father’s Day and Lessons

Father’s Day and Lessons

My dad and I had a complicated relationship. I don’t think we always understood each other, but with this small bit of advice, my dad provided me with a big life lesson that I will never forget.

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 Five Things to be Thankful for on a Monday

Five Things to be Thankful for on a Monday

It's Monday, it's summer and here are five things to be thankful for.

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Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

We’ve been in this weird season of storm that has replaced late spring and early summer. While there is the good, ample rain and coolish temperatures (remember that year we hit our first 100 degree day in May??) and a drought that is no more; but the bad news, as we are all aware, has been a string of giant, dangerous storms.

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Making Memories: Memorial Day

Making Memories: Memorial Day

Something I learned from my dad was to find joy in those around you. My dad was stoic, to put it mildly; but when we would have family gatherings (and we have a large family with seven kids), you would see how happy he was to have us all together.

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Weathering The Storm

Weathering The Storm

That was my bank. The 7-11 where I buy gas. The hospital where I take my kids to see their pediatrician. The bank where I cashed a check at just after 2pm. The bowling alley where we held my daughter's birthday party.

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A Guide to a Less Than Perfect Life

A Guide to a Less Than Perfect Life

Of course, when I think of Gabrielle Reece, I think of all we have in common. You know, Gabrielle Reece, the gorgeous beach volleyball player and model married to the hot surfer, living the dream life in Hawaii with her family?

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Overfull

Overfull

These past two years have been the most introspective years of my life. Struggling with the grieving process, much of my time was spent stalled in the anger phase. It’s not pleasant, and it’s not a fun place to live, but it’s necessary. Or at least it was for me.

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Of Saltines and Silver Linings

Of Saltines and Silver Linings

Some of my fondest memories of childhood were when I was sick. It’s when I felt most mothered. I told my sister about this a while back, and she understood—when else did a kid from a big family (I’m the last of 7 kids) get individual attention?

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Moments Matter

Moments Matter

Those few minutes after we burst out the door and pile into the car, the bickering and whining and yelling stops. These are the moments that I can take to shape their day, and I take that seriously.

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Helicopter Mom and Airplane Boy

Helicopter Mom and Airplane Boy

Recently, my son had the opportunity to fly an airplane. An actual airplane, up in the actual sky, an actual several thousand feet above my head. Insert a very long pause right here, as I took a very long pause as I wrote this sentence and the next one—about a week long pause, to be exact—to get my heart rate back to normal.

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Scary Stuff

Scary Stuff

I've always tried to be honest in parenting my kids. If they ask me a question, I've always tried my best to deliver an honest answer, the most honest answer I can, while still being age-appropriate. So far, that's worked for me. Of course, my kids used to be small. And now they are getting older, their questions are getting more complicated and therefore, my answers are also getting a bit more involved, too.

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One Reason

One Reason

We’ve been talking a lot about summer activities around my house—due in no small part to (a) my kids hotly anticipating the end of the school year and (b) my working on the summer activities issue for the past few weeks. What do we want to do this summer? What plans do we want to make?

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Listen To Your Mother

Listen To Your Mother

I stepped out of my comfort zone. Waaay out of my comfort zone. And I shared a big piece of myself. That might not seem like a bit deal; after all, I blog here (and many other places) and I have for years; I’ve shared lots! But this is different. This time, I shared in person.

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I’m Not an Iron Chef, but I Play One in My Kitchen

I’m Not an Iron Chef, but I Play One in My Kitchen

And as life has changed, my competitive nature has changed. Not gone away, mind you—but changed. Now, I compete at dinner. My family is none the wiser, but they are the adversaries I’m trying to best every day I bring myself to the kitchen to whip something up.

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Recharge!

Recharge!

Going away recharged my batteries and reminded me of what I'm thankful for. Free coffee, comfy pants and my family.

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Anatomy of Social Media

Anatomy of Social Media

I read a blog post online last week about how we need to stop being so fake in our online lives. Because when we share those thin slivers of hand-crafted, whipped-cream-topped perfection that happen in our day (while decidedly NOT sharing the rest of the messy, unsavory pie), what are we really doing? When we post a zoomed-in shot of smiles and happiness, cropping out the mess or the reality that doesn’t fit in the picture, are we lying or just playing along?

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Parenting By The Book?

Parenting By The Book?

I know it’s not that easy, and there are plenty of parenting challenges that take more effort than this, but I think that often, we don’t give ourselves the benefit of the doubt. Trust the information that you have—if you’ve survived your own childhood, I think that has to give you at least a little bit of an edge when it comes to parenting.

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Movie Magic

Movie Magic

It gives me another opportunity to talk to them about right and wrong, about love and what it means and about violence and how we should treat others. Like how they should never throw anyone off of a tall building, even if it’s a bad guy and a giant robot tells them to. And how they won’t be allowed to kiss anyone like that until they’re at least 30.

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Garbage In = Garbage Out

Garbage In = Garbage Out

So that’s what I try to focus on—how good food makes you feel good; not how junk food makes you feel junky. Because I want my kids to focus on the positive, to focus on the things that make them feel good and energized and motivated, like good food should.

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There’s No Time!

There’s No Time!

During the holidays, when time was stretched so thin, it seemed like every time I was determined to go to the gym, something would throw me off. I thought to myself, Just wait until the new year when things calm down, there’ll be so much time to exercise!

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Let Them Eat Chips

Let Them Eat Chips

We went to a friend’s birthday party at a local Mexican restaurant. There, I encountered my nemesis. My Voldemort. The Wicked Witch to my Dorothy. My kryptonite.

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Portion Control

Portion Control

Controlling your food choices is such an important part of a healthy diet. And I don’t mean diet as in the four-letter word idea of it, but as in the all-encompassing look at the foods you eat. A healthy diet consists of a wide variety of foods, but not all foods are created equal.

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Healthy Eating Starts with Adventure!

Healthy Eating Starts with Adventure!

How do you get your kids interested in eating foods that are healthy for them? We’ve been told for years that we should engage our children in selecting and preparing the food that we eat, and I’ve seen first-hand that when I discuss with my kids what’s actually in the food that they eat, they’re more likely to make healthy and diverse choices.

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The Best Compliment Ever

The Best Compliment Ever

Right before the holidays, I took my kids out to run errands. Parents, you know the craziness inherent in this statement on just a regular day, but during the holiday season? Fuhgeddaboudit!

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About This Blog

Hi! I’m Mari Farthing and I’m a mother, wife and freelance writer and editor living in Moore. Originally from Wisconsin and formerly the editor of MetroFamily, my husband Tony and I made our home in Oklahoma via orders from the USAF after spending years living in Germany and Washington DC. When Tony retired from active duty in 2011, we became official “Oklahomies.” I’m a former multitasker and current work-at-home mom, which sometimes is an exercise in futility. I am interested in books, music, knitting, running, cooking, laughing and writing and occasionally I get bored and add a few more interests to fill up the final 15 minutes of my day.

I sometimes succeed, sometimes fail, and consistently rewrite the to-do list that manages my day.

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