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Author Archive | Melanie Hooks


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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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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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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Living on Island Time

My family loves being tourists in our own city. We try to find experiences that are unique to where we live. Since moving to Florida, we have enthusiastically explored beaches, parks, zoos, turtle rehabilitation centers, and more. While I’m almost always up for an adventure and planning outings for my children, I was a little […]

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Crash Course in Disappointment

In the moments between losing control of my bike and hitting the ground, time seemed to slow. While everything probably happened within a split second, I clearly remember a series of thoughts and decisions. My very first thought was, “I can’t believe this is how my race is going to end.” No one wants to […]

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Magic of the Early Morning

Let me be quite clear from the beginning. I am not a morning person. During college, I never scheduled myself for an 8:30 a.m. class, and I was consistently late to my 9:30 a.m. classes. In more recent years, my love for sleep and pressing the snooze button on my alarm has remained a constant […]

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Our Stories Are Not Yet Written

My first date with Mark, the man who is now my husband, was remarkable in countless ways. The chemistry between us was evident from the time we first laid eyes on each other. Our senses of humor are quite similar, so there was much laughter during that first meal together. We sat at the dinner […]

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Mom

It takes a village to raise a mom, or at least to keep her sane. We all know that motherhood, with all its joy and love and homemade macaroni necklaces, also comes with trials we couldn’t comprehend before these tiny dictators came into our lives—tantrums over which bowl is presented for breakfast, seismic meltdowns in […]

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