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Beauty on a Budget

I’ve struggled with how much time, money and energy is appropriate for me to spend on my appearance. Here are some of the ways I save my dollars while looking my best, so I can spend my money on things I value most. read more

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5 Ways to Let Girls Know They Are Beautiful

Recently I read an article about how girls get complimented by adults on their appearance about a gazillion to one compared to boys, while boys are more likely to get complimented on their abilities and talents. read more

honestly

Meet You On the Porch

We simply look at each other and say, “Meet you on the porch.” It’s our meeting spot, our attempt at connecting at the end of the day before we once again turn our attention to the four children who are constantly demanding it. read more

honestly

Fights

I glared over at Derek sitting on my college futon that acted as the apartment’s central piece of furniture. I softly laughed, hoping that would break the tension. We couldn’t come to the phone right now, that was for sure; we weren’t in the mood to talk to anyone. read more

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You Are Already Living Brave

"Shhhhhh, it’s okay, Mommy’s here." Words I whisper often in the dark. I take my fingers and push her hair away from her forehead. I do my best with my presence and my words to reassure both of us that she indeed will be okay. That she is safe. That I will take care of her. read more