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Ahh, Memories...

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Ahh, Memories...

They say that memories are fickle. For me, if I try to think too far back (even just a year!), they become blurred. And if I try to think even further back? There's not telling whether my memory actually took place or was just a dream. It's with that caveat that I share with you some of my first memories that I believe I can recall. In other words, what you are about to read may be totally fabricated. One of my first memories was of me, my older sister and my little brother playing together. I must've been three, given the...

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A Happy Distraction

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A Happy Distraction

Nervous about taking your child on a long car or plane ride? Want to keep your kid happy while spending time in a "waiting" room because sitting patiently is a skill they have yet to master? In a pinch, parents know that a shiny new toy can help to keep their little people content in most situations. You don't want to get in the habit of bribing your kids to manage their behavior. Still, there are times when a treat is more than warranted. One of these occasions is if they find themselves in the hospital. I reached out to the Children's Hospital of...

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Do I HAVE To?

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Do I HAVE To?

Have you ever given yourself a milestone you're determined to achieve by a certain age, and when that time comes, you get cold feet? That's where I'm at. Our son will be turning two next month. We said that we might have him start preschool for a few hours a week when he's two, and now that we're quickly approaching possible school time, it's scary for me. If we do enroll him, will his teachers be positive influences? Will they be patient with him after he drops a deuce and runs away crying "No!" when they try to change his diaper?...

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Daily Grind

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Daily Grind

It's amazing how making one change in my daily routine has had so many positive effects. I've been exercising for a little over a month now, and I'm so glad I've been sticking to it. Maggie Binkley has a range of videos that you can access for free through Amazon Prime, with a different workout to do Monday through Friday. I've been doing the 15 Minute Workout series. As you could probably predict, I've been getting into better shape. It's a process, and I'm not at my ultimate goal, though I am getting there. I can do a modified version of...

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Back in MY Day...

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Back in MY Day...

Have you ever checked yourself mid-thought and wondered: How old do I sound?? That happens to me a lot. Then, I remember how old I actually am and recognize that my thinking and age are pretty well aligned. I take a deep breath, then I nap to help pull myself together, because that's what us whippersnappers do. Right? My latest "back in MY day" spiel was about mail. The past few days, I've been pulling mail out of the box, taking a quick browse through it & throwing it all away because it has all been junk mail. Junk. Mail addressed...

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