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 […]

Netflix for Food Lovers

Netflix for Food Lovers

I’m not sure how television viewing works in your house but in mine, it goes hand in hand with food. Ordering out? Let’s eat in front of the TV! Watching a movie? Let’s make snacks! And sometimes, we’ll even watch shows about food. Back in the day, when we shelled out the big bucks for […]

All the Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World in September

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I had my first real introduction to all things Disney when my entire family (and my sister’s boyfriend) piled into a rented Ford Aerostar minivan and headed south to Florida. We arrived at our destination at around 2am and began our weeklong vacation of a lifetime in the blazing hot month of August. Despite heat, […]

Finding Local Adventure – Twitter Chat #traventura

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When I was 24, I joined the ranks of the travel industry. I wanted to get out and see the world and the only way I could think to afford it was to become part of the industry that promoted the one thing I wanted to do! While it didn’t pay well, the fringe benefits […]

Eating My Own Dog Food: Part 2

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Back in the day, I used to play Buzzword Bingo at every corporate meeting. I played it in my head, that is. I listened while marketing metaphors were thrown all over the place. And when I started this blog over five years ago, it was because I wanted to be part of the space I […]

She’s an Unstoppable Mom

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As mothers, we’re influenced by who we’ll become from the day we’re born. We’re typically surrounded my moms and grandmas and sometimes aunts and close friends. All of them, in some way, whether good or bad, serve as a role model. They shape not only the people we’ll become but also the type of mothers […]

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 […]

The Best Lunch to Pack for Your Kids

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I love the idea of bento box lunches. In fact, I think you could put anything in that bento box and I would eat for lunch. Because who doesn’t love cute, compartmentalized food? But if I’m being honest with myself (and with you), I’m never going to be that Pinterest-inspired mom who packs a quinoa salad, […]

Ever Consider Renting Your LEGO Sets?

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If you’re like me, you couldn’t wait until your precious newborn baby was old enough to… sleep through the night take his first steps say “I love you, Mommy” finally show an interest in LEGO. We bought Evan plenty of DUPLO sets that sadly went mostly untouched, by Evan, that is. I definitely put those sets together. […]

Top 10 Binge Watching Shows on Netflix

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Whenever I turn on Netflix through our Roku, it always has a updated “Recommended for You” list. Or a “Because You Watched” list. And almost everything on that list is animated. That’s NOT because I’m such a huge fan of animated shows. It’s because I have a 7 year old that has gone from Kipper […]