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Choosing Friendship

Through college and beyond, I kept other girls at a distance. I simply didn’t understand the “girlfriend dynamic.” During that time, I hid behind a demeanor that was, at times, arrogant or aloof. In reality, I was very lonely. read more

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To Those Who Diet After Christmas

There’s no doubt, Christmas hurts the waistline. For a former anorexic, the choices are overwhelming. I’m far from those eating disorder days, yet not as far as I thought. I’ve got a husband who loves my curves, yet when the pants grow snug, I feel less-than. read more

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3 Easy Ways to Be the Best Hostess Ever

I have a small house. I have an outdated kitchen. I have an infant and a job. I am a control snob. All that considered, I might be a horrible hostess, but here are three of the easiest tips to being the best hostess ever! read more

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5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Hostess this Thanksgiving

In my eleven years of being married I've made a lot of blunders as a hostess, the biggest of which happened right before my wedding day. I said no to guests wanting to come at the last moment. That is, I said no to my mother-in-law, who wanted to invite them read more

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An Introverts' Guide to Hosting

“Am I supposed to reciprocate this dinner invitation? Just how many times can we accept an invite to their house without returning the favor?” These thoughts often ran through my mind as a newlywed. read more