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Special Olympics 50th Anniversary – 2018

Joy of Mom is so honored to have been able to join the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago, Illinois. Because the love, support and passion from the athletes, moms, families, volunteers, and fans from all over the world was so inspiring it – took our breath away. Special …

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Disney’s Christopher Robin Activity Sheets for You and Your Kiddos

We all get a little lost sometimes. Reflecting back on who we are through movies & memories is such a JOY. Disney’s Christopher Robin will take you to a timeless place where imagination meets reality. Based in London, staring Ewan McGregor (swoon after Moulin Rouge), we are brought back to …

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Essentials to Bring on Family Summer Vacation

Before you know it, you’re vacation bound! Get out the suitcases, grab your swimsuit and tell the kiddos to jump in the car. Zoom to the airport and you will be one of millions of moms this month who jump into summer vacation season. Whoo—hooo! Relaxation, plus some well-needed family …

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! If you’re a brand new mama, perhaps this is your first official Mother’s Day…or maybe you’ve experienced 18 of these holidays and your babies have left the nest. No matter what age our children are, they will always be our babies. And every Mother’s Day (actually every …

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How to Recover from an Epic Mom Fail

Recently, I booked a special trip with my eight-year-old son, Jack. We were going to Cancun, Mexico to meet up with friends of mine and help on a service trip. We were spending three days helping to support a dad with three boys and rebuild their house and their lives. …

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Help Your Kids Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

As women—and especially mothers—we want to ensure everyone is comfortable and happy. We can’t help ourselves; it’s instinctive. When it comes to our kids? We will do anything to save them from heartache. I remember watching my son walk into his kindergarten room on his first day of school. He …

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How to Appreciate the One You’re With: Take a Step Back

I want to tell you a story. It goes a little something like this: We have a water dispenser on our refrigerator. We live in a rental, a rental that we love, a rental that I am doing everything in my power to manifest in order to buy from two …

The Messiness of Motherhood: Welcome to Your New Life

I look around. Crusted oats and gelled chia seeds cling to a bowl on my desk. A cup of coffee, still hot, rests to my left, along with a calculator, my daughter’s latest work from school, bills, tweezers and a stack of books. They have somehow gathered in my writing …

Mommy to Mommy: Tips that Work

Mommy to Mommy: Tips that Work Mom: Jennifer from the Chicago suburbs Kiddos: 3 1/2 month son and almost 6 year old daughter NOTE: Hi everybody, it’s Vicki. When I walked into the (tiny) organic hair salon I go to and immediately saw Jennifer in one of the two salon …

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Let’s Get Real: You are Not Alone

Question: What do you get when you combine a work-from-home mom with someone who popped out three kids in three years? A life that is equal parts bliss and equal parts, how the hell I am going to make it through today? To some, I may look like a seasoned …

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