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One Mom’s Approach to Panhandling

“What does that sign say?” A question I often hear from the backseat as we’re stopped at an intersection. I’m aware of the person standing on the corner asking for money, and I know my passengers’ questions are inevitable. read more

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Summer Sun Care

I lost my husband, Darren, to melanoma at the age of 32. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the disease, melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. After a difficult five year battle with the disease, melanoma took Darren from me and from our three young boys. read more

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4 Fun Family Activities on a Dime

Being a mom is about more than just having a handy supply of kisses and encouragement. It’s also about being smart and resourceful. It’s about knowing when to face challenges and when to be kind to yourself. read more

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Summer Dreamin’

Summer days are long, and there are expectations of fun activities and vacations. Before we get too far down the road into summer it feels like we’re digging ourselves out of a pit of doldrums, let’s band together to share the best of the best ideas for making the most of the warm, sunny months. read more

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Dressing Your Couch

Does your living room need a makeover? Start by re-styling your couch with items you already have on hand. read more