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Thanksgiving: The Unsung Holiday

I know it’s only the first week of November, but I have already been itching to put up my Christmas tree. In fact, when I lived by myself I would sometimes put it up in October. My husband always thinks I leave it up too long and asked me to please wait until after Thanksgiving this year. The excuse he…

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Even Homecoming Queens Get Bullied

*Two things: 1) I realize this is an oooooold entry. (I barely had a gray hair when I first penned it.) 2) I know this is not anti-bullying month. Regardless, a kind woman working with a doctor who developed a guide on combatting both bullying and substance abuse contacted me about supporting their efforts. I couldn’t refuse, and you can…

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An Ode to the Old Diva Who Called Out My Kid

My little trouble maker For the older woman who called out my kid as I waited patiently for my phone to get fixed: “I wish that kid would shut up” she said. As he yelled happily and sporadically ran. “I wish you would remember what it is like to have a child who is two.” Then she had the nerve…

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Happy, Happy, Happy

I’m knee deep in kid’s toys and clothes. No, I do not work in the stockroom at Walmart. I am in my garage, which is currently too full to house my tiny Ford Focus due to all the decluttering efforts. What started as a cleanup to put our house on the market led to a valuable life lesson. In fact,…

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Turn Down for What?

Before my gym instructors cringe at the appearance of my guzzling down toxic liquid gold again, let me inform the public that this posting is NOT to address my caffeine addiction (though an intervention is most likely needed). Instead, the title (along with the photo) is a pun for the notion of being yourself and not turning down your own…

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A New Respect for All Moms

It was barely lunchtime on a weekday. Dressed in workout clothes with no makeup and my 15-month old in his car seat, my friend and I pulled up to the new “women’s food” restaurant in town (as my husband sarcastically called it) after our workout class. Not until we had sat down with plates of chicken salad did I have…

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The House that Built Me

My husband and I have talked about moving closer to the country for a few years now. We love the Tuscaloosa area, but having both grown up with big open fields, along with horses and 4-wheelers to explore that territory, we miss having more land than a point-something acre inside a privacy fence. Though we love our neighbors, we prefer…

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20 Signs You Live with a Toddler

I am a naturally observant person and have recently noticed a few similarities between myself and other women who live with toddlers. If you live with a toddler, or ever have before, I’m sure you will find yourself agreeing to some (if not all) of these traits. Maybe this listing will give you a brief moment of stress relief and…

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Trying Not to Question God

Wow. I just got news that someone I was once very close to passed away today. My heart is heavy for obvious reasons, but also because I had no idea about her illness until now. We drifted apart for reasons unknown to me awhile ago, but I still hold a lot of fond memories of her and love her family…

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