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My Phrase for 2016: “Make It Count”

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” —Annie Dillard The baby had gone down with relative ease; I’d just finished an episode of the deliciously entertaining first season of Unreal; and I was ready to collapse in bed with a book and a mug of tea. As I rose from […]

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Unfollow, Unfriend, Block: The People I’m Letting Go This Year

Okay, I know, I’m pretty sure the last three posts I’ve written have been about either things that annoy me, things I refuse to do anymore, or some other whiny things. But as 2016 begins, I just want one last purge of the things I’ll be leaving behind in 2015, including certain types of people. […]

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One Foot in the Ether: My Toddler’s Journey to Faith

My husband and I aren’t particularly religious. We don’t go to church and we rarely refer to God in our home. If anything, we practice and teach kindness and acceptance, maybe on the heels of Buddhism. That’s not to say we don’t believe in a higher power, a God, but we aren’t associated with a […]

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Holiday Husband Gift Guide

Christmas is officially right around the corner! I have to admit, when it comes to gifts, I usually go all out for the kids. But when it comes to my dear husband, I hit a brick wall. What makes it even harder is that not only is it Christmas, but my husband’s birthday is on the […]

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Holiday Food Traditions (Recipe: Butter Pecan Bread Pudding Minis)

I come from a fairly large family. With more cousins than I can count on my fingers and toes, family and connectivity is something that is near and dear to me. That said, I’m pressed about holiday traditions. SO pressed. From my mother’s famed greens, to my grandmother’s sweet potato pies (now made by my […]

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Your Guide to Surviving Family Drama This Holiday Season

We’re coming up on the holidays, and you know what that means! I’m not talking about packed malls, decadent food, and the sweet crooning of Bing Crosby. I’m talking about a holiday tradition older than any of those festivities: Family drama. In recent years I’ve realized that, despite what you might think, absolutely everyone has […]

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