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All Akimbo

All Akimbo: Little Boy Blue?

I overheard a mom at story time a few days ago mutter, “Oh, your daddy will like that,” after her young son chose a piece of pink construction paper for a craft project. Her voice […]

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Mom Blogs:

About the Mama Blogs

Here at nwamotherlode.com you can exercise your mind, body and soul through a variety of topics and how-tos from experts, fellow mamas and people who just plain know their stuff. But you can also see […]

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Life With Ladybug

Squirrelly

Heading home from school today, we drove past a dead squirrel, its body stiff, but its big, bushy tail whipping gaily in the high Northwest Arkansas wind. I quickly hoped my animal-loving daughter, Ladybug, wouldn’t […]

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My funny valentine

This love story begins with a blind date and low expectations. After all, I’d been on a few blind dates before and come away with nothing but the strong desire never to be fixed up […]

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Second time around

Restaurant crowd sees naked nuggets Everybody said it would be easier this time. Potty-training kid No. 2 is supposed to be a snap, you see, because kid No. 2 is so eager to emulate the […]

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When good dogs get old

This morning I looked out the kitchen window and saw our dogs, Holly and E.J., lying on the deck in a patch of sunlight. Sprawled out alongside each other, the curve of their backs fit […]

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The sound of silence

When I was a little girl, my mother and I had a tradition. On a special night in September, she’d cook popcorn on the stove, make Coke floats and we’d settle in on the sofa […]

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Today I laid an egg

Lessons learned in an unglamorous life Parenthood is not a glamorous sport. Often it can be downright humbling. Some days, it sneaks a toe over the line into “humiliating.” Last Sunday was one of those […]