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Lara Alspaugh

Lara is a mother to three boys ages 22, 20 and 16 and has been married for 23 years. She is a native of northern Michigan but has loved living in the Grand Ledge area since 1996! When she's not running around for her boys she's busy planning vacations, going to the gym or walking with her husband and Labrador Lulu.

What to do When You Can’t Control Happiness

Happiness. Who doesn't want more of it? It's as elusive for some as it appears easy for others, and it's no wonder. The thing about happiness is that it is reflected differently for each...

Four Tips to Stick with Your New Year, Fresh Starts

Whether you are someone who religiously makes a New Year's Resolution, or are someone who shuns the idea, there is no denying the turning of the calendar is perfect for a fresh start. We...

3 Things I Wish I Knew About ADHD as a Mom

There is no shortage of opinions or information when it comes to the hot topic of Attention-Defecit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. In fact, there is an emormous amount of false information regarding the disorder. The...

How to Stay Organized this School Year

Whether your school year is virtual, in person, or hybrid, staying organized is a challenge when the school year starts. New routines, new schedules and a lot of moving parts (and bodies!) can reak...

Why I Will Celebrate International Women’s Day This Year

International Women's Day was first celebrated by the UN on March 8, 1977. It is a day designed to celebrate women's contributions to society. A day to encourage gender parity and to boost support...

February Is American Heart Month

We all know February is the month for love, did you know it is also American Heart Month? Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing one in...

What Every Mom Needs to Know About Burnout

You know the feeling. You are so exhausted your eyes are burning. Finding your keys is a struggle, you've snapped at your kids, your partner, and your best friend. Perhaps you don't feel well...

Ways to Beat the Winter (Pandemic) Blues

Now that the holidays are over and the bright sheen of a new year is (already!) dimming, it's important to find ways to combat the seasonal blues that are so common in the winter....

Simplify the Holidays and Enjoy all of the Moments

There is not much that is more magical than the holiday season, no matter what you celebrate. The pressure to make the holidays perfect can feel overwhelming. I am 100% guilty of feeling like I...

3 Ways to Make Holidays Easier for Kids (And Mom!)

Some of my favorite memories of raising my kids are of Christmas. We always cut a fresh tree, decorate cookies on Christmas Eve, and take a walk in the snow. But, some of my...