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What I Want My Daughters to Know About Girlfriends

I have a wish list of sorts for my four daughters. The things I want for them as they walk through life. And right at the top of that list is girlfriends. The kind that make you laugh until you fall out of your chair. The kind you can trust to keep a confidence. read more

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5 Tactics to Minimize Money Stress Over the Holidays

As an expert avoider myself, I have found facing the source of anxiety head-on is always the best approach in the long run. So figure out where your worry is centered and make a plan. Here are few tactics that can help move your holiday spirit from one of tension to relaxation. read more

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Holiday Cleaning, The Minimalist Approach

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Mobile Hospitality

Because my friend is a mobile hostess. She takes hospitality on the road. Everyone is a guest in her presence. She creates a place for others to feel welcome right where they are. Just as they are. read more

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Being Brave when My Girls are Watching

The stroller wheel hit a bump and stopped, but I was still moving forward. The stroller came tumbling down, and I catapulted over it. I felt each part of my body hit the concrete. My shins. Knees. Wrist. I was humiliated. read more