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An Open Letter to my Son on His Wedding Day

Dear Jalen, I find myself reflecting a lot these days, marrying off your first boy will do that to a mom. It’s just so hard to believe my son is becoming a husband. It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago that you were testing the limits of crib boundaries & seeing how many...

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I’ve Got to Get Better at This

This summer has reminded me, yet again, why setting goals and having accountability is so effective! You may be desiring to become more consistent in a new skill, finally drinking the 8 glasses of water a day or showing up consistently to the gym. Whatever the case may be, there are some tried and true...

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    Let’s Commit

    We are closing out yet another tough year.  We kept some of the terms that were new in 2020 and added a few more. Words like pandemic, Covid, vaccinated, and quarantine have become common talking points. You may also be dealing with the effects that such terms induce: loss, illness and isolation. It’s a lot. ...

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    No Regrets… Kind of

    I’ve heard it said, “live with no regrets.”  I’m here to challenge that philosophy of living. First of all let me say I get that it comes from a mindset of living life to it’s fullest. However, if I’m truly going to jump in head first toward my dreams and aspirations with determination and gusto...

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      Remembering Dad

      Today marks the one year anniversary we said goodbye to my dad on this side of eternity. We have the comfort and assurance Dad is in heaven. Amidst his earthy absence, sometimes it feels like he’s peeking from between the clouds as his family, earthside, receives little reminders of him. We’ve affectionately referred to those...

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        How to Break a Bad Habit

        If you’re like me, you’ve read a lot about how to create a good habit.  But what if you need to break a bad habit.  How do we successfully do that?  I’m on year 8 of not drinking soda.  I had a bad habit of daily drinking Diet Coke.  Some days it’s all I would...

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          Beach Vacation Must Haves

          As soon as school lets out, we’ve made it a tradition to head to the beach. This year was no exception.  I picked up a few items that make me think, how did I ever do the beach without these products?! I’m going to share them with you so you  too can enjoy your beach...

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            How to Balance Marriage & Kids

            I recently asked my friends on Instagram: what are some questions you’d like  answered from a girl happily married for 27 years and mother to 4 kids.  The following question in one form or another was a popular one:  How do you balance marriage & kids? When we welcomed our first baby into our home...

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              A Short Girl’s Jean Fringe Hem

              I’m short. As in, I’m 5’2”. I like to say my “height” is in my torso.  Leaving my legs with very little vertical elevation. I love that a raw edge seam is instyle for jeans right now. I have to alter about 90% of the denim I wear, unless it’s sold as “cropped”  Cropped usually...

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                DIY Table Lamp Dupe

                I’m really not a DIYer, but I keep finding myself pulling out the glue gun and spray paint.  I figure if it has less than 3 steps and doesn’t require much precision, then even I can handle it.  A few weeks back my friend sent me a photo of a lamp she saw while shopping...

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