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How to Create the Perfect High School Graduation Party

Twelve years later, I still remember exactly how I felt about my high school graduation. First, I was ecstatic about being absolutely done — with SAT prep courses, college applications, and a very early...
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Employee Appreciation Day Can Change Everything

I have had many jobs in my short lifetime.  I tried anything and everything from waitress, event planning, fashion editing, make up artistry, directing arts and culture events director and so on. I have...

What Kids Really Want from Their Mom

I have been a mom for 5.5 years. And boy has it been a journey! Only now that my boys (aka: nuclear energy bombs) are 5 and 3, I can sit, reflect, think, go...
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Fast and Fulfilling Books for Busy Moms

Love to read? So do I. I absolutely love to escape to foreign settings, to delight in colorful language, to encounter new ideas, and to hungrily flip through pages — all without leaving my...

How to Celebrate Your Baby’s 1st Birthday with Style

If you think that a first-year birthday party is all about your young toddler — think again. Your baby isn’t excited about the five-layer, chocolate swirl cake. He doesn’t realize that you spent hours...
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Fun Things Do on Valentine’s Day

Going out for a date on Valentines Day can be romantic and special but can also be a little intimidating. Depending on whom you are taking out, a boyfriend, a wife or someone you...
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An Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert to Surprise Your Loved One

Let's be real here for a minute about Valentine’s Day…for most couples, after a few years of being together it's not hard to ‘forget’ or seriously tone down Valentine’s Day. I remember when my husband...
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DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men

Whenever I ask my husband what sort of gift he wants for Valentine’s Day, he never has an answer. And, the truth is, I can’t blame him. He literally has everything he wants, and...
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10 Valentine’s Day Cards to Make Your Heart Melt

While growing up, Valentine’s Day wasn’t just a time when lovers exchanged gifts and crushes revealed themselves to each other. It was a day when my family celebrated love. We all exchanged gifts. We...
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International Dishes That Are Perfect for Many Palettes

My husband, son and I recently took a mini vacation to the Texas Hill Country, where we stayed in a small town and got ready to eat copious portions of American cuisine. Imagine our...