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I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. My family might (certainly will) even call me a bit anal. Although, I’ve never been perfect looking (my nose is just a bit too big, my legs are a bit...
Can we all just agree that dads are hard to buy for? Unless your dad or husband has a hobby they’re really passionate about, it can be a challenge to find something thoughtful that they will actually love. AND even...
A study of more than 1 million pregnancies in Finland is the first to find a connection between an insecticide and autism diagnosis. The study reports that elevated levels of the metabolite DDE of the banned insecticide DDT in the...
This is a post sponsored by COUNTRY Financial. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. With the New Year off to a start everyone is thinking about how to become a better version of...
With school back in full swing, I’m not the only one who has a kid coming home starving, right? Every day after school it’s like we have a little hungry bear rummaging around in the pantry looking for something to...
From the moment I finished reading There's A Boy In The Girl's Bathroom, I knew that I wanted to be a school counselor. I had decent school counselors growing up, but the one in that book made such an impression...
With spring break quickly approaching, families are planning vacations and expeditions across the country and across the world. However, sometimes you can discover an adventure in a place you might not expect. In Chattanooga, Tennessee families can experience hands-on adventure...
When you look at your child you probably aren’t thinking about helping them have healthy, happy, long-term relationships as an adult, unless they’re a teen of course. Even then though, you might not be actively thinking about their future...
I’ve had an insane two weeks at work. I’ve been leaving before 7 a.m., returning around 8 p.m. and eating horribly in between. Today was my last planned crazy day at the office and I’m in need of some...
I was cruising along yesterday doing really well. We were on time. I had my coffee. My daughter had her muffin and we would arrive at school by 8:30. I was dressed well for work. I had heels on,...
When it comes to your family’s safety, you don’t want to compromise. At home you want to make sure you have all the systems in place that will protect them from any of life’s hazards and that those systems...
I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Well, as soon as I realized that I didn’t have the body to be a prima ballerina or the voice to be a pop star, I knew I’d have to pick...
Our morning routine before school should theoretically go like this: I get up and shower. I get kids up. The older ones shower if they didn't do it the night before. They gets dressed, brush their teeth, fixes their...
Four months ago, I spent four days and nights sitting vigil with my family while my dad died. (Technically he was my stepdad but he was a dad to me and I have found that many people immediately dismiss...
This was a summer of traveling for my family. We visited our beach condo in North Carolina twice, once in the spring and once in the fall. We also traveled to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and stayed in a mountain cabin...
I have been lucky enough to have a few groups of close friends since high school and college. I have made new friends through out the years and may feel closer to them at times. But there is something...
Miscarriage.  It's one of the most common forms of pregnancy loss, but it's difficult to talk about. If you've ever had one, the word alone brings you right back to that moment. The moment that you felt motherhood was robbed...

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