Spreading Love Across the Miles


Last January, my husband traveled halfway around the world to visit his family in the Philippines. The trip was a long one and life around these parts just wasn’t the same without him.

As much as my older son and I missed him, nothing could quite compare to the emptiness my youngest felt without his dad around. Because these two have always held such a special bond, the distance became harder to bear with every day that passed.

While we communicated when we could, the 16-hour time difference made daily communication a virtual impossibility. And perhaps to be expected, the nights were the hardest part. Without Daddy to tuck him in at night, my little one shed more than few tears on his race car pillow.

As I racked my brain for creative ways to bridge the distance, the best I could come up with was daily text messages from Daddy to BooBoo via my phone, but you know as well as I that text messages aren’t the same as hearing the voice of the person you love.

I only wish then that BooBoo had a CloudPet. Have you seen these?

CloudPets are cuddly stuffed animals that allow your kids to send and receive voice messages from the people they love. How cute is that? My husband could have been sending his son daily messages and BooBoo could have been doing the same the entire time. And to think he could have gone to bed happy each night and woken up with a smile!

Our CloudPet’s name is Bentley and ever since Bentley’s joined our family, BooBoo’s been able to communicate with his out-of-state grandparents and extended family all over the world! And I have to tell you, as I gear up to attend Mom 2.0 Summit at the end of the month, I’m really looking forward to surprising BooBoo with a few sweet messages while I’m away.

If your little one is missing someone across the miles right now and could really use loving messages, be sure to check out CloudPets a safe, sweet, and soft toy that really does love them back.

Disclosure: I received a CloudPet to review in exchange for this sponsored post. The opinions expressed here are my own; read more.

How to Live to 100, According to My 7-Year-Old

Live to 100 yearsWant to live to 100? My 7-year-old can tell you how.

With an innate “knowing,” this kid is a self-proclaimed expert in everything. When he’s not schooling me on the proper way to cook, clean, tie shoes, or drive a car, he’s answering life’s biggest questions and dishing out love advice.

So buckle up, friends! You’re in for a lesson in longevity and laughter you won’t soon forget.

Obvious warning: The following health advice is provided by a professional child (not a licensed medical professional) and is intended for entertainment purposes only.

6 Unforgettable Prom Scenes I Can’t Wait to Share With My Kids


Spring is in the air and with it brings flowers, young love, and the symbolic representation of both these things – prom! While my tween son has a few to go before prom, I’m introducing him to the joys of school dances early with these six unforgettable prom scenes that remind us that most of […]

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What Really Happens When You Ban Screen Time for a Week


Like many families, we love our screen time, and as far as screens go, we have many. From cell phones, televisions, and tablets to handheld gaming devices, desktops, and laptops, we’ve got screens big and small to suit every entertainment need. Motherhood taught me pretty early on that screens held magical powers. My oldest son […]

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To My Son: I’m Sorry I Worried Your Childhood Away


My Dearest Son, The day you were born I made you a promise. I vowed to be your protector, your role model, your teacher, and your haven. As a young mom I wasn’t sure how to be all those things or even if I’d even be very good at them, but I swore when I […]

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50 Thoughts Every Parent Has During a School Performance


Ah, school programs. The excitement. The nerves. The music. The little voices. It’s enough to make your parental cup runneth over with pride. But pride isn’t the only thing we feel as audience members. Take a look at 50 thoughts every parent has during a school performance.

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How to Get Your Tween to Listen in 57 Easy Steps


If you thought being a tween was hard, you should try parenting one. At an age when friends rule and parents drool, being heard can prove challenging. But there’s good news, moms and dads! Deep, meaningful conversation with your tween can be yours in just 57 easy-to-follow steps!

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Does Motherhood Make Us Mean?


I once participated in a perception exercise with 19 coworkers as part of a team-building program. We were each given 19 small pieces of paper and asked to anonymously describe each fellow employee with a single adjective. The tiny papers were then collected and distributed face down to their rightful new owners. Carefully situating each […]

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10 Ways Parents Have it Easier, According to Kids


“I can’t wait to be grown up!” my 7-year-old grumbled while putting the finishing touches on his famous American project. “Why is that?” I asked. “Because grownups have it easier.” Oh honey, if you only knew. Just as I opened my mouth to launch into the whole “you don’t know how good you kids have […]

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I Let My Kids Fight It Out for a Week and This Is What Happened


Author Pamela Dugdale once said, “Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring, quite often the hard way.” “Quite often the hard way,” is right. I have two sons who can’t seem to stop fighting. They love each other, sure, but not half […]

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