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Eat Your Vegetables...

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Eat Your Vegetables...

Those three less-than-magical words were something I thought I would never have to say to my son. He was always great at eating his veggies when he was starting solids. Even up to the point he turned two, those vitamin packed green shapes on his plate would be gobbled up first. But something has recently changed. For the first time ever, he told me last week that he didn't like peas. Sorry, what?? I anticipated that there would be a time I'd struggle to get him to eat certain foods, just didn't think it would be so soon, or that it would...

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I Sense You

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I Sense You

Do you ever walk somewhere, like through the grocery store, and catch a familiar whiff of something that makes you think of someone? Chances are, it's someone else other than the person you're thinking of who is the source of the smell. But just for a split second, you picture them in the corner of your eye: You can see the look on their face, imagine what they might say to you, what you would say to them. I've shared with you the scents that make me think about my mom. Now that Father's Day is approaching, it's only appropriate to share...

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Oh, Dad...

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Oh, Dad...

My dad was a very difficult person to shop for around the holidays. He liked his coffee, he liked tv, he liked to cook. But he always had those staples on hand. He would say, "Save your money; I don't need anything." What he missed was that I wasn't trying to help him complete his weekly grocery shopping list. Instead, my intention was to bring him a smile with something a little more frivolous than batteries for the remote control. So when it came to gift giving, I was left with little choice but to put on my thinking cap. What, pray tell,...

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English Rose

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English Rose

This past Saturday was National Sunscreen Day. This is a healthy reminder for...well, me, at least, to protect my skin during the warmer weather. Being a mom, I aim to always have sunscreen on hand. We use Babyganics Sunscreen with an SPF of 50+ on my son. So I use that, too, because it's available and it has a protection level that I also appreciate for myself. I wasn't always as conscientious about keeping my skin away from the sun's rays. There were a few times that I had scorching burns as a child from being outside without sunscreen, burns so bad that I...

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Different Year, Same Memories

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Different Year, Same Memories

Little things remind me of my dad: seeing Zagnuts at the grocery store, hearing the Law & Order intro, passing by a white Mountaineer on the road. It sprinkles a piece of him back to life, if only for a moment, which I welcome. There are also times of the year where I think about him more frequently, like around the holidays. Memorial Day is one such weekend where shared memories pack up his large green suitcase from the 70's and hang around my thoughts. You see, my dad was in the Army. He went to Vietnam during the war and...

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