Shannon Qualls

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Shannon Qualls is a bento making, party loving enthusiast. She loves good coffee, good wine and good friends. She's got three crazy boys and a wonderful husband. On a typical day you can find her hanging with her boys or reading a book. She actively blogs at ABQ Moms Blog, Bunches O Lunches, and ShannonQualls.com
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Blueberry Pie Recipe for the Fourth of July

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Happy Fourth of July! I don't know about you, but during the summer, I am all about bbq, water play, sangria, and pie. Because what is summer without pie? So today I thought I...
Easter Basket, Albuquerque Moms Blog

Ideas for What to Pack in Easter Baskets

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Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays. When I was younger my parents would hide our Easter baskets around the house and we would have to hunt for them. I can remember...
Life is not a race from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

Life Is Not a Race

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Life is not a race with others or with yourself. It's a journey to figuring out who you are and experiencing it with the people you love. Before my husband and I got married 13...
Tips for lunch time Burnout from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

Tips for Lunch Time Burnout

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Lunch time burnout is real, and I totally get it.  It's hard to believe, but school will be out in less then two months. After surviving the excitement of back to school, the full days...
Defining Friendships from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

Defining Friendships

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Defining Friendships After moving back to Albuquerque over eleven years ago, my husband and I found ourselves in a relational reset. We were young, recently married (a year and a half into it anyway), and...
Strategies for Getting Rid of Stuff from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

Strategies for Getting Rid of Stuff: Declutter your House

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I have a confession. I am a certifiable organized pack rat. My house isn't quite hoarders level or anything, but we definitely have a lot of stuff. Over the years we have been given...
An Open Letter to All the Momma's Out There from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

An Open Letter to all the Momma’s Out There

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Eight and a half years ago I began the journey of motherhood. I didn't know what I was doing (heck, most of the time I still don't), but my kids are still alive and...
Navigating through Seasons of Life with Traditions from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

Navigating through Seasons of Life with Traditions

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You know, it's funny. There are so many seasons of life, and sometimes they happen concurrently. But the one thing they all have in common is growth. We are always growing, changing, learning. Sometimes...
Why I Don't Feel Guilty When...from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

Why I Don’t Feel Guilty When…

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Why I don't feel guilty when I... Go on a vacation without my kids. Go on date night without my kids. Go to book club, breakfast out, or catch a meal with friends without my kids. I know...
Creating Community Around Halloween from Albuquerque Moms Blog

Creating Community Around Halloween

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Creating community around Halloween doesn't have to be hard. I love fall. The changing of the leaves, the cooler days, the longer nights. And let's be real here, fall clothing is the best. Boots anyone?...

Cookies:: The Best Places for Cookies in Albuquerque

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Next to pie, cookies are probably my favorite dessert. But I'm really picky about my cookies. I'm not a huge fan of crunchy/hard cookies (though there are a few that I will happily munch...
Finding a New Normal from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

Finding a New Normal

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Finding a New Normal On August 11, 2016, I sent my eldest son to school for his first day of third grade. The send off wasn't overly emotional since this was old hat for him...
How to Pick the Lunch Box that is Right for You from Albuquerque Moms Blog

Lunch Box: Choosing the Right One for Back to School

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How to Pick the Lunch Box that is Right for You Kids across New Mexico will be heading back to school in the next few weeks, so I thought I would share some ideas I...
When to shop for back to school sales from albuquerque moms blog

When to Shop for Back to School Sales

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When to Shop for Back to School Sales: I know, I know. I can't believe I'm writing about back to school sales in the middle of the summer, but it will be here before you know it...