Family Travel: Real Life and Its Skunks

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By Jillian Lauren I’m sitting at the very far corner of the coffee shop this morning, because I still smell vaguely of the skunk that sprayed our dog for the fourth time in a month. We’re calling the movie of our life right now, Skunkageddon: Revenge of the Rodents. We hired a company to humanely […]

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Meeting The Gods In Athens: Greece Part 1

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By Jillian Lauren We’re back from our Greek odyssey, and in only two California days, the blue-green Mediterranean water and the hot, star-canopied nights eating grilled octopus while stray cats circled our feet seems years ago already. But what memories we made! Before we left, I was nervous about taking T on such an epic […]

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Mother & Author: Coming Home

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By Jillian Lauren I’m back, friends! I got home from my wonderful (if exhausting) book tour during Tariku’s last week of school and crashed full force into the daily minutia of life. The every day-ness of waking stupid early, making breakfast, facing piles of laundry and cleaning dog throw-up was both an enormous relief and […]

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Shadow Puppets: When The Stuffed Animals Get More Time-Outs Than The Kid

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By Jillian Lauren I’m having a challenging time balancing my upcoming book release with my mommy-ing… Add homeschooling Tariku’s stuffed animals, and my schedule is way overbooked. Here’s a picture of Tigey and Willie doing their math homework. Tariku is very serious about their education. He wrote out a whole schedule for me (Monday: Library, […]

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Travel Guilt

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By Jillian Lauren Yeah, I’m gonna talk about that tired old subject: being a working mom… I was in upstate NY last weekend for the Woodstock Writers Festival, which was an absolute delight (Thanks, Martha Frankel! And for the photo, Kevin Buso). Compared to many moms I know, I go out of town on business […]

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Why I Sing Loudly At Whole Foods

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By Jillian Lauren “She used to sing musical theater loud in the grocery store,” said Scott, when we and the other people in our foster parent training were talking about what sort of strategies we might use to address public tantrums. “I did?” I asked. “Don’t you remember that?” he seemed shocked. “Oh yeah, I […]

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Unplugging While Throwing A Birthday Party

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By Jillian Lauren My little man turned seven Friday. Add your own cliche about time here. It’ll be true. It’s all true. These milestones never fail to blow me away. Here’s a belated birthday party picture dump, because I was (supposedly) observing the National Day of Unplugging while throwing a party for 80 people. Why […]

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Our Experience With Foster Care/Adoption Training

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By Jillian Lauren Scott and I spent the last two weekends getting our foster care training certificate through a private agency called Five Acres. The Five Acres mission is to provide safety, well-being and permanency to children and families in crisis. We were inspired in part by the journey of our friends Shawna Kenney and […]

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To My Son On His Gotcha Day 2015

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By Jillian Lauren   It was T’s “Gotcha Day” last week, which is adoption-speak for the day we finally held him for the first time. I write him a letter every year, trying to preserve for him (and me) a snapshot of who he is at that moment in time. It has been six years. […]

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