Melissa was raised in Colorado, lived throughout the Western U.S. and Canada, and moved to Colorado Springs in 2022. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Ryan, and proud mama of two wonderful boys. She is a freelance grant writer working with nonprofits across the country to fundraise for their work. In her spare time, she loves to cook, read, and explore the mountains camping and fly fishing.
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14 Fun, Screen-Free Things to Do with Young Kids at Home

At times, it feels like summer will never fully arrive in Colorado. Or, some weeks, if sickness is going through the family, we are unable to get out for multiple days. It feels like...
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Celebrate National Astronaut Day with Space-themed Activities

National Astronaut Day In addition to the festive Cinco de Mayo, May 5th is National Astronaut Day. As a child, I was always interested in space. My interest in space has returned in full force...
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5 Ways to Have a 5-Year-Old Help with Weekly Chores

Encouraging and letting my 5-year-old help around the house has provided a way to teach responsibility, encourage teamwork, and participate in necessary chores in family life. Having my children help around the home has...
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Reading Christmas Books as a Family Tradition

One of my favorite family traditions is reading one Christmas book each night in December leading up to Christmas. I love this tradition because we can share books as a family. The kids love...
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Three Things to Do after a Move to Colorado Springs

When we moved to Colorado Springs for work, I didn’t think through the timing of how close the holidays would be upon us as we unpacked boxes and attempted to feel settled. Christmas saw...
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Sufficient Housekeeping for Today

I recently read an article by a busy mom who challenged my thinking about sufficient housekeeping—precisely what is adequate for a clean house versus expectations of a “perfect house” that is nearly impossible at...
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Local Shops for Family Fun

Colorado Springs newbie, here! I have lived in Colorado Springs for less than a year, so I am still discovering all the local shops for our family that this city (and region) have to...
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8 Free, Local Mom & Me Activities for Young Boys

I rarely get one-on-one time with my boys. So, last month I loved having the chance to take each son on a mom-and-me date and came up with the below list of local, free...
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When the To-Do List is Long

Have you ever had one of those days? The day when the To-Do List is long. Nothing is complete. It's as if the day knows how much I have to do and is fighting against me...
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Parade Prep

I love going to parades. When I think about my favorite parades, the hometown All-American Fourth of July parade on Main Street is most vivid in my memory. I love the small-town parades that...