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January is toy purge month

January is Toy Purge Month

January is toy purge month! The holidays are behind us and all the small holidays plus birthdays are ahead of us. Most of us have multiple families that will give our children more toys, more toys, and clothes. However, there are toy baskets or bins, overflowing in our homes already. January and even February, the […]

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The Heart of a Volunteer

As the holiday season approaches and my child has moments of disrespect, I think to myself, “I should teach my daughter respect by teaching her volunteerism.” My daughter does not get everything she wants, nor does she get something every time we go into a store. We are blessed to have friends and family that […]

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It’s Not a Popularity Contest… It’s Life!

“I may not be everyone’s favorite, but I’m not in a popularity contest… this is life! They may not understand you, but one day they just might thank you!” my dear outspoken friend recently posted.  You know, she’s right. Sometimes someone just needs to say “stay in your own lane” in a way I understand. […]

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Married at 42

Married at 42

Married at 42 When you are young, you have these big dreams for your life, and hopefully, most of them come true.  Usually, divorce and remarriage aren’t part of those dreams. Getting remarried at 42 often isn’t part of your life plan when you are young. However, I’m here to tell you that it can […]

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I Don’t like My Mother

I don’t like my mother. Yes, I said it. I don’t like my mother. I’m 40 plus years old and don’t have a meaningful relationship with her. I speak to her because of my daughter. My daughter shouldn’t have to suffer because of our issues but still, their relationship is strained. All of this breaks my […]

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May is National Arthritis

May is National Arthritis Month

Over 300,000 children have arthritis. Over 50 million adults do as well. It is the #1 cause of disability in the United States. What causes arthritis? Arthritis is caused when the cartilage in your joints is reduced. As we age with normal usage, the cartilage is worn down. In addition, injury or infections can speed […]

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April is SAM

April is Stress Awareness Month

When I began researching this topic, I went into this with (honestly) a very myopic viewpoint. My eyes were immediately opened when I learned that April as Stress Awareness Month has been around since 1992. Why did Stress Awareness become a 30-day focus? Health care professionals have joined forces with marketing experts to raise awareness […]

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National Wear Red Day for Women’s Health

Go Red for Women Day The first Friday of February has been designated as National Wear Red Day.  Men and women alike can show their support of this cause by wearing red on this day.  Why? The American Heart Association website states “Wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. Because when […]

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