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Handmade Gift Idea

This is a fun handmade gift idea for you favorite little reader, the book lover in your life, your child’s classmates, the librarian or for teachers to give to their students. I used this design┬áto create this cute little literary classics tote. If you were giving this as a gift, but were looking for more–it […]

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Searching for Validation

My husband took the day off to be with the kids today. He did my job and before the sun was even up, I was on the train to Chicago. I’ve typed, deleted, typed, deleted… because where do I start. The last six years have been building up to today. Having children changed me. It […]

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Autumn Printable

I absolutely love driving down my street in the fall. I smile every single time I turn on to it. It is tree-lined and now there are splashes of oranges, reds and yellows and leaves sprinkled like confetti as far as the eye can see. Autumn really is the year’s last, loveliest smile. Next up, […]

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Simple Fall Party Ideas & Cheap Party Tips

A reader reached out to me recently asking if I had any ideas for a simple fall party. To keep things simple and costs low I recommend keeping the guest list small. Smaller means a more intimate, less chaotic event with the added benefit of saving money. I also recommend on focusing on one space […]

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Must Haves

Imagine if your best and hippest girlfriend, who had endless amounts of time and money just whipped up a little care package for you and sent it to you in the mail. It would be awesome. That is kind of what a PopSugar Must Have box is. Every box is inspired by something. This is […]

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Follow Through & Change

About a month ago I told everyone I knew, including my readers, that I was running a Halloween 5K. The very next day I went out and ran 2 miles. The day after that I ran another 2 miles. Then my back was bothering me, so I stopped running and I did nothing. I didn’t […]

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Five Things Friday

1. Chopping my hair off means I use my straightener A LOT! I’m thinking it is time to invest in a new one, because this is post hair-cut and the stylist always gets it so much straighter and sleeker then me. So feel free to recommend a straightener. Did I mention we have one bathroom! […]

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What I Ate on Whole30

One of the biggest question that as come up since finishing Whole30 is what did you eat? I didn’t do a very good job of documenting what I ate. I dug through my photo stream and found these photos that I snapped on my phone. I didn’t focus on what I couldn’t eat or get […]

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Work & Soul Searching

I have a job interview tomorrow. This put me in a place I didn’t expect to be. It made me feel sick to my stomach. I’ve cried, I’ve prayed and I have talked with anyone who would listen. After much discussion my husband and I have decided that I am going to pass on the […]

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Getting Dressed

One of the fun things about losing weight is getting dressed. After years of yoga pants, the husbands T-shirts/hoodies and a knot on top of my head, I thought it might feel good to get dressed. Not fashionista get dressed, but love-me-get-dressed. Somedays I still crave comfy–I’m pretty much always in flats and at the […]