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My kids know exactly how to use my weakness to their advantage.  “Mom, do you want to have a cup of tea and watch an episode of Fixer Upper together?”  I glance over at Jaden, who is looking at me with a well rehearsed, caring, yet concerned face.  In fact I am almost convinced that he is offering this option as a means for me to relax and not an excuse for him to get screen time on a school night.  My love for all things Fixer Upper is well known in my house. James can attest to that as...

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Balance I’m notorious for not answering my phone or knowing where I last left it. When my mom wants to get a hold of me, she doesn’t bother dialing my number but rather calls James instead. So when cute moments with the boys happen, I don’t always have my phone handy to snap a picture. However, the other morning, as I prepared to leave for work, I walked past the glass doors overlooking the porch and immediately stopped.  As I glanced out at the scene, I took a moment to just take in what I was witnessing.  After a few...

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Four hours into the process and I was beginning to have second thoughts.  I began to wonder if planning a trip away to the Cape with five families was really the best idea sometime around 10pm when I was searching for linens, towels, shoes, toiletries, beach gear and all those other necessities.  At around 10:30pm, James came into the room, and in what felt like 14 seconds, threw some clothes on the pile and announced “he was done packing."  I pushed my annoyance to the side, took a deep breath, told myself this would all be worth it, and realized...

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Foodie in ParisI’m a foodie. I love to eat food, look at food, take pictures of food (yep, sorry, I’m one of those people), read about food, search food reviews and scroll through my Pinterest feed when I’m not eating. If a girl’s night out is planned, no matter if I’ve been to the restaurant before or not, my friends know to ask me whats good on the menu. They know that prior to our night out, I will have already spent time studying the menu and probably sent a picture text or two of a menu item that looks...

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More often than not, I find myself almost laughing as the sequence of my day reminds me of a favorite childhood story, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. For those of you who missed out on this one, it is a children’s picture book that tells a story of a mouse asking a little boy for a sequence of various items based on a previous item.  “If you give a mouse of cookie, he will probably want a glass of milk.  When he finishes the glass of milk…” and so on as the author Laura Numeroff tells the story....

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