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Erica Morrison

Erica Morrison
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Erica is a native St. Louisian who lives in Webster Groves with her husband and two boys, ages 5 and 7. After living in Minnesota and Nashville, Tennessee for 7 years, they moved back home to St. Louis in 2014. Erica taught high school English for ten years, but has been on a temporary hiatus from the classroom to try out professional boy-wrangling. When she is not overseeing the manufacturing of sticks into weapons, she loves to exercise and read. Erica's hobbies include cooking, wine, hiking/camping, and travel.
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Hibernate with a Book! Book Recommendations for Elementary Readers

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With the cold temperatures and sunless skies of winter approaching, most of us are desperately seeking screen-free ways to engage our kiddos as we endure pandemic hibernation.  While we have definitely missed participating in...
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Young, Healthy, and Lump-Free: A Surprising (Yet Real) Portrait of Breast Cancer

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In a normal year, we would likely see women gathering across the nation for fundraising walks, painting big cities and small towns alike with seas of pink...
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A Declaration for Independence

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Welcome independence along with the new school year.   Like most parents, I’m struggling with a variety of parenting anxieties as we settle back into the screen-routine for school. The questions nag persistently in...

The Calm of Cooking

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Cooking has always been a treasured hobby for me.  For more than a decade, I have subscribed to nearly every culinary magazine in print, and my Instagram feed definitely holds more brightly colored portraits...

“Summer Rules!”: Transitioning from “HomeSchool” to “HomeSummer”

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Summer is Here! “Yay, Summer!….”Wait, it’s Summer?” My boys closed the laptops on the last day of virtual school and engaged in a joyful but confused and somewhat hesitant celebration of the new season. The...

The Pandemic Gift of Play: Something for the Whole Family to Enjoy

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One of the pandemic silver linings has been discovering the gift of play and having time each day to leisurely unwrap it.   “It’s 10:00!" I herald. My voice echoes throughout the main floor of our...
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Why I Have Decided to Social Distance from Social Media

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Erica is the first to admit that she relies on Facebook to find real connection in this virtual world, however, at a time when social media is changing minute by minute to keep up...
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The Control Freak Mama: A Cautionary Tale

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One of the biggest sources of contention in my marriage is when I micromanage my husband’s parenting. I don’t mean to do it, but it often just slips out, usually in a moment of...
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Forty with Fortitude: Happily Skipping ‘Over the Hill’

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At the end of this month, I turn the much-fussed-about 40. As a child of 1980, I get the bonus of beginning each new decade with what Hallmark labels a “milestone birthday.” This means...

The Mom Whisperer: How I Realized I Was a Yeller

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A few weeks back, I came down with a classic respiratory bug. A handful of times per season, this superbug camps out in my body and always overstays its welcome. The typical course is...