How the Flu Cured My Family
The Onset of the Flu My eyes became itchier and itchier as a familiar flu feeling gradually encompassed my body from head to toe. "Nooooo. This can't be happening to me! Not now. I don't have time to be sick right now. Our family is in full swing. It's the holidays!" This is how the flu cured my family. I was sitting in a high school cafeteria for my daughter's chess tournament surrounded by 480 plus students, their parents, and...

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How to Make last minute DIY tween or teen costume – Starbucks Cup
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How to Make a DIY Tween/Teen Halloween Costume Have the days gone by and you're still looking for an awesome costume for your tween, teen, or yourself? Look no further! My 11 year old made the cutest DIY Starbucks Cup costume this year! She found inspiration from Southern Curls and Pearls (find her instructions here) and began her to do and to buy list. This post contains affiliates which means if you purchase items I receive a small commission. Thank you...

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Sex & Marriage: Why you may be Avoiding it
Sex and Marriage: Why you might be avoiding it?
Are you avoiding sex in your marriage? Does your intimacy level leave much to be desired? You've heard the saying "Honey, I have a headache". I don't hear it as often now but it could be replaced with modern day excuses, most likely the top one being "I'm tired" and "I just don't feel well". I know because I used it in the past and it wasn't an excuse! I would go go go all day and then when my...

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Family Activities to do when it rains on your beach vacation in Florida
A rainy day at beach vacations can still be fun when you plan activities for the family to do when it rains. Let's face it. A rainy day at the beach is better than a plain ole' rainy day at home! Our family took our first vacation to Emerald Coast beaches in Florida. The first three days were perfect beach going weather and we visited our friends in Seaside in Destin the third day and then the clouds came and...

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How To Reduce Your Child’s Technology Use
How to Reduce Your Child's Technology Use
Technology and children seem to go hand-in-hand these days. Almost as if they are born with a USB port and charger attached! Sometimes I wonder if some children have explored the outdoors, in "real-life" or just virtually! Not ALL Technology is Bad! Not all technology is bad, much of it we rely on and has helped to create solutions to problems that we have had for hundreds of years. If we want to keep advancing and solve more problems, then...

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A Broken Mom’s Journey to Whole Health
A Broken Mom's Journey to Whole Health Is this Really my Life? Some days I have to stop and remind myself that my life is really mine as I write this from my comfy chair with an awesome view in a room filled with my hubby and three gorgeous girls. Pieces of my past feel like someone else's life even though pain still lingers in a crevice of my heart.   My mind goes back to a time when I...

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Shattered, Torn, Together Slowly: My Heart One Year after Losing my Brother
How to Cope with Grief as a Mother
Shattered, Torn, Together Slowly I'm writing this post nearly one year after losing my brother. Shattered, torn, together slowly are words from a poem I wrote as a 13 year old girl.  Hard to believe what was going through my mind to write those words at that young age. Then I quickly recall my life as a teen and how turbulent it was for our family during that time. Our parents' marriage was ending.  We were facing change among the...

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Tips for Having a Healthy Valentine’s Day
Healthy Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love and appreciation and there is nothing we love more than making our friends and family feel good! With a special card and a small gift we can help give our children a healthy Valentine’s day while still making them feel loved. Printable Valentine’s Day Cards  I love Valentine’s day because it is one of those holidays where the main goal is to make the people you love feel good and appreciated. You usually...

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A Mom’s Mission for her Girls to Love their Curls
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I partnered with Dove™ Hair for this sponsored post to promote the campaign's social mission to create a conversation with moms on how & why they should share hair positivity with their daughters. As a little girl I had an ambivalent relationship with my naturally curly hair. Living in Houston, humidity was NOT a friend as it often left my hair a frizzy mess. Perms came in style and for awhile I was OK with it but soon the flat...

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40 by 40: #4 Write a Letter of Thanks
Are you putting off saying thanks to someone from your past? #4 on my 40 by 40 is to write a letter of thanks to several people in my past who helped me in big ways.   Now that I'm quickly approaching 40, I've been trying to think back to how I saw life in my 20's. It was a totally different view compared to life through the lens of my late 30 plus self! After losing my dad my...

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