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 […]

Mother and Son Ice Bucket Challenge

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Typically, I’m the last one in on an internet meme or sensation. As full proof of that, I’m still not entirely sure what Gangnam Style is (except that it’s Korean and my son loves it). I’ll admit that I’ve heard a little bit about this “ice bucket challenge” but only enough to know that it’s […]

Enjoying Another Dam Weekend

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That’s not a typo, nor am I attempting to swear. I’m on a constant quest for two things: have fun with Evan this summer and experience new things. And I got to accomplish all of that within 15 minutes of my house. I love in a smallish town. Technically, I consider our town a suburb […]

Christmas in July: Summertime is for GIVING too

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I know you’ve heard it before. IT’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!! And you roll your eyes thinking, how can anyone even be thinking of Christmas when I’m spending my days soaking up the sun looking for the next opportunity to sink my toes in the sand? It’s summer and after the eternal winter we all just experienced, […]

For Those of You New to The World of Fadra

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I’m so stressed about the upcoming week. Not only am I continuing to tear apart every single drawer/cabinet/closet in my house in an attempt to live with less stuff but I’ve got a major project and several sponsored posts all due in the next two weeks. In addition to that, I’ve got two scheduled trips. […]

How Do You Say Thank You to a Veteran?

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One of the joys of working from home is being able to go out to lunch with my husband on any given day. He works from home as well and since our son is at a day camp this week, he invited me to a very romantic lunch at the local Chinese buffet in town. […]