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Christmas in (the Heart of) Dixie

Everywhere has certain holiday traditions and events associated with Christmas, and Alabama is no exception. Whether you’re new to the South, just visiting, or live here full time, there is no denying the details that make an Alabama Christmas its own. • No Chance of Snow: Instead of a white Christmas, we usually get stuck with rain and tornado-rate temperatures.…

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Santa Baby

Christmas is coming and two words are heard in every home: Santa Claus. Hopefully “Baby Jesus” is also heard in many homes, but sadly apart from church and individual households, these words are not as advertised as the jolly old dude in red duds. I have never told my three-year-old son “Santa is watching” (though I threaten him with “Jesus…

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It’s All in Your Perspective

Thanksgiving was a little different for my family this year. OK, it was a lot different. My sister stopped by and picked up our 3-year-old son to go have lunch at my mom’s house, as we do each year. Then my father-in-law picked him up to have dinner at his mother’s house, as we do each year. My husband and…

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Bringing Generations Together Over the Holidays

One of my favorite holiday memories is helping my mother and grandmother cook for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Before I got married, I would spend the night before each holiday with my mom and do all the little prep work and washing, since they were the real cooks. Now I still like to come by sometime that week and help with…

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Halloween: Good, Bad or Ugly?

It’s that time of year again. Time for kids to pick out a special costume and eat all the candy they want. That is unless they are not allowed to celebrate Halloween at school, home, or anywhere else. Growing up not truly “celebrating” Halloween and now being a parent, I have a unique perspective on this holiday (much like my…

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Finding Fulfillment in Life

I can honestly say I’m at one of the happiest times in my life, and it has nothing to do with what’s going on around me. Sure, I’m about to have my second child to complete our family, my stand-up and writing careers are getting recognition, and I have a great support system of family and friends. But I give…

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The Disney Princesses of Bachelor in Paradise 2

It’s officially over. Another Bachelor franchise show season has ended, and only one couple had a true fairytale ending. Despite not finding happily ever after, I noticed that many of the women from this season’s cast of Bachelor in Paradise closely resemble that of a Disney Princess for various reasons. Mulan and Jillian: They could both easily be mistaken for…

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Duggars or Kardashians, We All Have Problems

I have never watched the Duggar family’s show 19 Kids and Counting, but like anyone else who hasn’t been unconscience the last five years I know about the family. I do however watch The Kelly File on a fairly regular basis and caught her interview with two of the eldest Duggar sisters. From what I gathered, the worst part about…

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What Every College Graduate Should Know

Graduating college is an exciting time, filled with mixed emotions of freedom and responsibility. It’s been 10 years since I walked across that stage at The University of Alabama, and I wish I knew then what I do now. Hopefully these practical nuggets will help recent grads. 1-Don’t Expect Overnight Success. Even if you are fortunate enough to land a…

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What Makes A Mother?

Despite having a son for two and a half years, it still catches me off guard when someone wishes me “Happy Mother’s Day.” Maybe it’s because until I had my son, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to be a mother. Or maybe it’s because since he’s so young I feel like I have not yet earned the right…

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