10 Simple Ways to Encourage Gratitude

                      I     It’s the season of thankfulness, and I have 10 SIMPLE ways to encourage gratitude in your family. This isn’t Pinterest people, these are simple ways to encourage gratitude without creative pain! 1. Ask a question around a meal, “What is one thing you […]

Sit Down You Are One of the Family

I was at one of my three sons’ weddings when I got one of the best compliments ever. A childhood friend of my son’s introduced me to his wife. “This is Nancy, and she had the best food. We always tried to come over on grocery day to help unload the car because we got […]

Our Roots

These are my grandmother’s hands. She was born in 1910, in Lubbock County, Texas and passed away on Thursday, at 104 years old surrounded by family. She was the jewel of the Solis family, and the keeper of all history, baby stories, and familial roots. Her home was a shrine to all things cultural and historical; […]

Mama Says: Power Struggles and Healthy Boundaries

Karen writes in, “How do I get my 3 year old to follow rules? It seems impossible!” Don’t give up yet, Karen! Mudpie Mama Paula gives you some practical advice on how to end power struggles with your preschooler and create healthy boundaries, in our latest video: Mama Says Let us know if this works […]

Thank You: Simple Words That Can Change a Life

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart Every day love arrives in the mail in the shape of a poem, a hand knitted cap, a pink granite stone, a story of summer apples or rescued boats. Even though it has been 7 weeks […]

The Way from Here

Last Monday, December 16th started out like any other day, and then my world shattered with the news my husband was killed. He was in Mexico delivering a motorcycle for a friend and suffered a massive heart attack on a remote road on the Baja peninsula. He died before he hit the ground. There are […]

The Best of Mudpie Mama Posts 2013

  You are a free-ranging group with wide interests!  You enjoy making homemade Valentines  over store-bought cards.  You are looking for ways to get your kids outdoors even in the heart of winter, and you are asking the right questions when it comes to parenting.  When reviewing Mudpie Mamas for the most popular posts, we […]

Family Roots and Kids

I recently spent a weekend with my big Mexican family and my little 103 year old “Abuelita” in Grandma’s tiny house in eastern Washington. Twenty or so of us gathered around the kitchen table, flooded into the living room and onto the front porch; there to celebrate a birthday, a visit from a favorite aunt, […]

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