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neglectful parenting

It Happened to Me: What Makes a Negligent Parent?

Several years ago an educated middle class family made national headlines after someone reported their children had been spotted walking home alone from their neighborhood park, a mile from their house. CPS got involved, and they received a warning that their kids, ages ten and six, were too young to be allowed to walk unsupervised. […]

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Alpine, TX: My Heaven on Earth

This post was written in partnership with VisitAlpine.com but the author’s opinions and true love for far west Texas are as real as they come.   Images: (1) My daughters and nephew horsing around in front of Twin Peaks, Alpine’s iconic mountains; (2) Luz and Paloma play tourist in front of one of the many beautiful murals […]

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Reclaiming Our Identity Through Dual Language Education

When thinking about what type of education I wanted for my two daughters, I had only one nonnegotiable requirement: they would go to a dual language school. With such a stipulation in place, my choices were few, offering me a much-appreciated respite from the near-constant school analysis that seems to consume our generation of parents.  […]

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Our first pop-up, a vintage 1973 Jayco Jaycardinal. In her prime, she was la creme de la creme.

Outside Our Comfort Zone: How Our Family Fell in Love with Camping

Real campers have gear. They own tents and sleeping bags and sleeping pads and propane stoves. Real campers have skills. They create fire by rubbing two sticks together, gather wild berries and cook their fresh-caught fish over their newly created roaring fire, and dig holes behind trees when mother nature calls. Real campers are resourceful […]

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Noriega's backyard pool area has been assembled on a dime

In Cheap I Trust

I’ll admit it: I’m a cheapskate. And I have the track record to prove it. As a perpetually-seeking bargain hunter, I live for the thrill of the chase, the pursuit of the ultimate freebie, the exhilaration that comes with turning something old and forgotten into something new and useful. While my penchant for bargains, thrifting, […]

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