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Happy Magical New Year!

As I write this, bubbles float by lazily; princesses in all shapes, colors, and sizes walk by; a magic-dusted castle turns color so gradually that you can’t be sure it really does; I hear at least five different languages being spoken; and my
mom, one sister, my daughter, and I relax and contentedly await a fireworks extravaganza. We are in Disney, folks, and it really is the most magical place on earth.

I’m a firm believer in magic and am testing the theory that what you are doing as the new year awakens is what will be prominent in your life for the coming year. Here’s to hoping our 2017 lives are filled with wonder, imagination, happiness, and of course, magic. And I wish the same for you and your children. Happy new year!

What’s New This Year

There is a story to be told that isn’t one of ours. Stories of success, love, and thriving in what others might think of as a set of unfortunate circumstances. Nurture Her Nature is a pair of single moms doing more than making it work and living our lives to the fullest. Here we share tales of our adventures in motherhood, and offer minimal advice. We share recipes that we’ve enjoyed with our families and activities that we’ve enhanced with reading and a little bit of learning thrown in. We love doing it and we’ll keep doing it.
But, there are still more stories to be told.
This year we hope to have Nurture Her Nature extend beyond ourselves and begin telling the story of single moms. Not the ones of despair and hardship you’ll find all over the internet but the real story of thriving and raising happy, strong families. We’ll feature different single moms, great stories we’ve heard and share some great finds that have been useful for us.  We’re excited to start shedding light on this topic that has been shown so negatively in the past. This section will be found under The Single Mom Life. We hope you enjoy it as well!
Oh, and we’ll also be building out our recipes showing the cost per serving and creating budget-friendly menu plans. Because everyone could use a little more cash building interest in their accounts.
– Nurture Her Nature

Awesome Apps for Moms

I love lists. I love folders. I love planners. These things make me feel successful in life. Unfortunately, they don’t always come together as easily and consistently as I’d like, and I’ve found that a lot of my old systems of doing daily business aren’t as efficient as I once thought. (You should see Ali roll her eyes when I talk about my system of bill paying and cross-checking.) As I recently made a major life change in order to spend more time with my daughter, it feels foolish to continue to spend inordinate amounts of time with paper when I could simply join the twenty-first century and use my smartphone. I’ve done my research, and I have to admit that I became more than excited when I discovered what is possible at my fingertips. I hope you find some gems in here that will free you up to spend more time enjoying the things and people you love. Without further ado, here come the apps!

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This blog is an adventure﹘a misadventure, at times﹘about two families learning and growing together. Two single moms, Ali and Lesley, are determined to raise their very individual daughters, Maddie, Riley, and Story, to be true to their natures and gifts while still contributing to a polite society. No easy task. The Fey, those mischievous little imps, are messy, expressive, and so very imaginative. Like most children, they aren’t easily compartmentalized, and each requires a different battle plan﹘ahem, parenting strategy.

Here, Ali and Lesley share their wins and fails in the magical world of single moms, including stories of food, fixes, and family. Welcome to the clusterlove: three strong-willed girls, two single moms, one continuous adventure.