One woman’s harassment is another woman’s compliment

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Remember all the unwanted attention you got when you were younger, perhaps curvier? Remember how much you wished people would just stop with the attention and even compliments? Yeah, I don’t remember it either. In fact, I’ve always been short of attention when it comes to the opposite sex. I’ve never felt satisfied with my […]

Animals Lovers Find Paradise in Turks & Caicos Too {VIDEO} #BeachesMoms

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Hello. My name is Fadra and I’m an animal lover. I think it’s pretty obvious from my Instagram stream that my pets have pretty much taken over my life. But it’s not just pets that I love, it’s all creatures you find in nature (with the exception of spiders – just, no). While I was […]

Nothing But Flowers (in Turks & Caicos) #BeachesMoms

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While I attended a conference last week at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, I had an option to attend one of many excursions including: Sesame Street puppeteering, mixology, cooking, fitness, and horticulture. I lucked out with my first choice: an Island Exploration tour that included a stop at Little Water Cay (Iguana Island). […]

I Could Have Been A Doctor (and other reasons I’m glad I went to college)

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When I was avidly studying the college brochures that flooded my mailbox as a high school junior, I looked at every detail. Which college had the best majors. Which one looked like the most fun. Which one would be at least two states away from home. In the end, I was swayed by a slick marketing […]

5 Spammy Ways To Get Rich Quick

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We’ve all been approached by the former deposed prince of Nigeria with the promise of riches, haven’t we? All we need to do is let him wire millions of dollars to our bank account and then we’ll transfer it for him. And just for helping him out, he’ll give us a cool million or so. […]

Confessions of a Former Metal Mouth

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September was Self Improvement Month. Did you miss it? That’s okay. As women (and men – I know you’ve told me this matters to you too), every month feels like self-improvement month. We’re always striving to be better. That doesn’t mean we’re not good enough. It just means that we want to be a better […]

What to do about that Ray Rice football jersey

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A rather expensive football jersey hangs in my son’s closet emblazoned with number 27 and the name RICE on the back. Admittedly, I didn’t know who Ray Rice was when I bought the jersey. I just knew that every Friday, in our suburban town just outside of Baltimore, everyone wears purple in support of the […]

Explaining Depression to My Family

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If there was ever a diagnosis for non-specific symptoms, I could certainly be a case study. In fact, I recently made an appointment with a doctor to go over some of my ailments. The woman making the appointment asked me what I needed to see the doctor for. It would be so much easier if […]

The Fitness Gods Must Be Crazy

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I’m no athlete. And I don’t pretend to be one. I don’t even pretend to aspire to be one. But I am tired of being flabby and I’m tired of getting winded more than I should. When I step on the scale, I’m roughly 10 pounds more than I should be and don’t even ask […]

Every Morning, I Wake Up With Bolivia

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When I was a kid, I was never geographically challenged. If I wasn’t pouring over a world atlas, I was spending time browsing our World Book Encyclopedias. I thirsted for knowledge about any place that was further than my immediate 60 mile radius. It also helped that one of my childhood hobbies was philately, known […]

We Are a Dystopian Novel

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The past few weeks have been of epic newsworthy proportions. I’m nowhere near a news junkie but I’ve been riveted by the stories and watching them unfold. And if you’ve been keeping up with the news feed either from a journalistic source or an emotional source (like Facebook), you probably have this running montage in […]