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As a Parent, I’m Thankful for These Small Joys

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Let me get this out of the way from the outset: I never take for granted how blessed I am to be called “Mom” by three spectacular souls. They are everything to me, and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it allows me to truly recognize and express gratitude …

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The Guts of Our Family

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Blood, guts, dust, and sagebrush. Those words sum up some of my favorite family moments. Strange, huh? See, my husband grew up hunting and somehow turned this tree-hugging hippie into a hunter too. I’m still trying to figure out where and when that happened. I think it was after I …

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A Thank You to the Neighborhood Strip Club

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I’ve grown up a little jaded. Vegas billboards leave little to the imagination, even when what they’re selling isn’t even sex. Except, I guess it’s semantics because they are using sex to sell something, but when you’re numb to it, you don’t notice until it’s gone. When we moved to …

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Learning that life is short, seize the day

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I was enjoying the warm spring sun on my face, about to board the M.S. Dixie for a peaceful cruise on Lake Tahoe, when I saw the Facebook post about my friend Sean passing away. Just like that, the spring day turned dark. Sean was a friend from college, and was …

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7 Ways to Be Kind to Yourself and Your Family Through the Journey of Parenthood

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I don’t know about you, but somedays I want to pull my hair out and hide in my closet with a box of chocolates and good book. This parenting gig is tough. It was tough when I was a working parent and it’s tough as a stay at home parent. Either …

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“Stop Being So Sensitive!”

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Pretty much since her birth, my daughter has been what we’ve called “extra sensitive.” She’s always hated loud noises or busy places. On her first birthday, when the cat accidentally sneaked out of the house, my raised voice of frustration spooked her so badly that my mom had to take …

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