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kitchen

DIY Projects That Won’t Break Your Back or the Bank

We are the ones who live by the highway with a huge triangular garden, big enough for the rototiller to turn up between peat-moss rows of carrots and corn - its tassels like golden flags - plump raspberries and bright red strawberries which stain my boys' lips. read more

essentials

What Mothers Need to Say When They Look in the Mirror

I’ve struggled with mirrors my whole life. And not because I don’t necessarily think I’m pretty, but because I never feel pretty enough. But I am learning my true reflection is not in the glass, but in my eyes, and in how I see myself. read more

self

Why So Many Women Don’t Know What Their Favorite Color Is

I can still remember the first time my mother-in-law asked me how I liked my eggs. Easy over? Scrambled? Poached? I didn’t know. I just stared into my palms and mumbling something about it not mattering; I would have whatever everyone else was having. I was 32. read more

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5 Things I Refuse to Feel Guilt for As a Mother

I believe in the mother-instinct.I believe in GUT, versus GUILT. So here are five things in particular I refuse to apologize for. read more

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The Kind of Friend I Want My Kids to Be

I wanted to be cool. I think every kid has that dream, but for this pastor’s kid with the permed bangs, braces and second-hand clothing, it was pretty much a fantasy. Still, I tried. I doused myself in Exclamation perfume and saved up my allowance for Thrifty’s jeans and Club Monaco sweaters. read more