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Author Archive | Melanie Hooks


Miles Down, Miles to Go

I devoted much of the past year to training for a half Ironman (70.3 miles of swimming, biking, and running). My first attempt at this distance race (that I wrote about here) wasn’t quite the experience I had planned. I ended that race in the emergency room, rather than at the finishing line. As if […]

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Adios, Elementary School!

When my oldest daughter transitioned from elementary school to middle school, I was a nervous wreck. I worried about her making friends in a new environment, keeping up with her responsibilities, adjusting to the expectations of so many different teachers, and I was nervous about her riding her bike home from school by herself. Fast […]

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For Step-Moms on Mother’s Day

I have had the fortune (or misfortune depending on how you look at it) of being a full-time working mom, a working mom who’s off during the summer, a single mom, a stay-at-home mom, and a full-time working mom who’s also simultaneously taking a full load of graduate school courses. Just writing all of that […]

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Marriage Counseling for the Happy Couple

My husband is the most handsome man I’ve ever met. He’s also generous and works incredibly hard to provide for our family. He believes in me and encourages me to pursue all my dreams. More importantly, he makes me laugh every single day. Simply put, I’m happily married, and I think my husband would say […]

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Sending Love on Testing Days

Spring may conjure images of rain showers and flowers in bloom, but for public school kids spring-time also means testing season. As a former teacher and a mom of elementary and middle school children, I can attest to the fact that standardized testing days can be both boring and stressful for kids. While I would […]

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No Secrets Here!

Conventional wisdom says that you should keep your pregnancies a secret until you’re in your second trimester. As I write this, I’m nine weeks pregnant, and everyone I know already knows my news. In fact, this is my fourth pregnancy, and I have never managed to follow the rule of keeping the news to myself […]

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book club

DIY Guide: Your Very Own Mom Tribe

Last spring, after months of debating if I had enough friends to make the venture successful, I posted a message to Facebook asking if any of my local friends were interested in forming a book club. To say I was nervous is an understatement. My unpleasant memories of being the uncool, nerdy girl in school […]

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One Last Thing Before You Go

My husband and I took the trip of a lifetime last November when we traveled to Italy without any children. We sipped wine on a porch overlooking the Tuscan hillside. We learned to make homemade ravioli, and we strolled through piazzas in the evenings. A Saturday drive down the Amalfi Coast revealed some of the […]

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Take the Trip!

When my husband’s brother moved to Italy for three years, I knew we would try to visit. Who could resist and opportunity to visit the most beautiful countries in the world? When the time came to commit to the vacation of a lifetime, though, my anxiety over leaving my children nearly derailed our entire trip. […]

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Home Made Christmas Gifts

Get Crafty and Teach Generosity

What began as a lesson in generosity has become my favorite holiday tradition. While I would love for my children to be intelligent, athletic, and well-liked, my highest priority is for them to be good people. My focus as a mom has been teaching my children to be kind, polite, and respectful, and when they […]

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