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Stephanie Beaty is a blessed, homeschooling mama of four and military spouse. After a 10-year career as a professional writer/PR pro she began Lifeography, a modern child + family portrait studio where she focuses on capturing relationships and connections. Although her growing family currently resides in Tampa, Fla., home is wherever the Navy sends them.

The Second Baby

Congratulations to the talented photographer Lori Allen, who gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Violet yesterday. She was kind enough to share a letter she wrote to her son in anticipation of his becoming a big brother: The second baby. It’s crazy how little fanfare there is compared to the first. How even […]

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More Than What She Does

Presenting a guest post by Diana Cherry – a lovely story about our roles as women–and what is possible: “I want to be an artist-astronaut-teacher-mom,”  my 4 year old proudly announced as I picked her up from pre-school the other day.  I immediately felt a sense of panic, just imagining how stressful such a life […]

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The Play’s the Thing

Characters: OSCAR: The oldest of three brothers; second-grader extraordinaire EDGAR: The middle of three brothers; the sweetest, silliest Kindergartener around AUGUST: The two-year-old source of comic relief SAMANTHA: The lucky mother of all of the above TIME AND SCENE: 5:30 PM on a Monday night. The four characters are seated around the kitchen table. A […]

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Fall for Craftiness

Now that we’re spending more time indoors, I thought you may enjoy this roundup of ideas to keep little hands at play and mamas happy: 1. I love these watercolor leaves. 2. How adorable are these pumpkin lanterns made from Mason jars? Gives me ideas for the holidays too. 3. Make a corn wreath with […]

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The Play’s The Thing

A hearty welcome to our newest team member and writer, Samantha Hines. Her stories capture the essence of everyday motherhood, poignant excerpts from her boys’ colorful experiences and musings, and perspective on life as an adoptive family. I hope you enjoy her writing as much I do. ————————- I’ll have grounds More relative than this—the […]

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Mom Music

When I was a kid, I was blessed to have Melodie. She was essentially a second mom to me. And, she would dutifully corral me in her mini van (along with her own boys) wherever they went–school, movies, outings and even summer getaways. There was never a lack of kid-friendly boredom busters or tunes in […]

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Good Moms.

It’s official. Summer has departed and the school season has begun. Farewell summer breezes, afternoon swimming and evening picnics. Welcome routine, the hustle and some bustle too. As we try to balance it all (and then realize, that of course we can’t) — we find our priorities and a rhythm. The heartbeat of our day-to-day. […]

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