Airial

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Hello, I’m Airial! Though a New Hampshire native, I moved to the seacoast in 2003. I am a former business owner and self-proclaimed “mompreneur” (mom+entrepreneur), who made the transition to a stay-at-home parent in 2014. As a mother, adoptive mother, and foster mother, I have come to recognize my super power is the ability to wrangle large groups of children without losing my mind! I adore home cooking, sensible shoes, and attempting (daily) to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Read more over on my blog: http://thekitchencowgirl.com/
Pocket Knife

The Trusty Pocket Knife :: Is Your Child Ready for a Pocket Knife?

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I held my first pocket knife when I was eight years old. My growing hands held the shiny red gadget in awe. Currently, the same knife is resting comfortably in my pocketbook. My knife...

Teaching Social Graces: Etiquette Boot Camp at Home

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Like so many parents, I've found myself thrust into a role I did not ask for. Not only am I "mom", but I'm the primary teacher of six children (thanks to remote learning!). As...
Child Fishing

The Unstructured Summer: The 80s Are BACK!

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I'm naming Summer 2020 "The Unstructured Summer". Because of COVID, I won't rush my six children off to camp or struggle to locate misplaced eye goggles in time for swimming lessons. There will be...

Adoption Through Foster Care Myths DEBUNKED!

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Every child deserves a family to call their own. Sadly, when some children enter foster care, they are not able to be reunified with their birth families. According to the Dave Thomas Foundation for...

A Tale of Two Sisters: My Honey and Seasonal Allergies Experiment

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A quick look around the elementary school during pollen season tells me seasonal allergies are everywhere. There are irritated watery eyes, sneezing, and congested noses as far as the eye can see. My children...

Just Start Somewhere – 12 Months of Investment in YOU!

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The first month of a new year, means something different to all of us. For many we reflect, then resolve to self improve. We all start somewhere. The late night celebration has ended, and...

Redefining Self Care

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Self care is not always defined the same way by different people. Most everyone agrees that self care is to actively improve one's physical or emotional well being. Caring for ourselves is necessary as...

Why We Talk About Our Adoption

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As I write this, four of the six children in my home were born to another mother. The details of their circumstances are each very different. However, they do have a common link. They...
how to support foster families on the seacoast

20 Ways to Support Foster and Adoptive Families

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Have you ever considered ways you can support foster and adoptive families? In late 2009, I was a newly licensed foster parent. Truthfully, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Over...

Stop Weeding and Make Dandelion Oatmeal Cookies Instead

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Dandelion oatmeal cookies are an unexpected treat. In my opinion, dandelions are not weeds. The bright yellow dandelion flowers beckon to local bees in the early spring. Not to mention my children love to pick dandelions....
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