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When I started my garden three years ago it was something to take my mind off the business of life. I loved the idea of being able to nurture and grow my own food, and while I knew it...
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Adopting a pet is a big responsibility but weighing in on the pros, it will be a great addition to your family and a great companion to your child. Growing up, my parents introduced me and my brother to...
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With school back in session after break, you might be breathing a sigh of relief. Having the kids home for two weeks straight is hard! Although, admittedly, I miss them the second they’re gone. But what’s even harder for me after...
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Whenever the weather changes, I have the urge to clean house – literally. I love to go through the closets, the kitchen and the kids toys to see how we can get rid of items to that we’re no...
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I'm one of those people that sort of loathes all multi-level marketing companies. I've hated them forever because I feel like they force your friends to become product pushers and all of a sudden complete strangers on Instagram will...
I get a lot of compliments on my children's curly hair (which they got from me by the way). And while I appreciate all the kind words about their curls, strangers, please stop touching my kid's hair. In a world of...

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