The Durham Hotel: Worth a Night Away

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A few weeks ago, in the midst of the holiday chaos, I needed a night away. I needed a night away quite desperately. Between holiday shopping, work and making it through the Thanksgiving week, I needed something just for me. And I got it in the form of a girl’s night in Durham. Lucky for me,… [Read More]

Walt Disney Movies for 2017

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Oooooh, I’m so excited. Disney just released their slate of movies for the year and there are some GREAT ones on the list. So get your calendars out and mark these dates down! You won’t want to miss any of these. March 17, 2017 – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Walt Disney Studios) April 21, 2017 – BORN IN… [Read More]

39 things to do before I turn 40

Things to Do Before I Turn 40

Today is my birthday, my 39th birthday to be exact. That means I have exactly 365 days before I turn 40. I’ll admit that makes a part of me uneasy. Forty has always seemed so…old. But it’s not really, not at all, though shaking that mentality is difficult. I’ve got a year to get “okay”… [Read More]

Time Keeps On Ticking: My Word of the Year

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I’ve been thinking about a “word of the year” for the past several days. Nothing was really sticking. I toyed with the idea of appreciation – to focus on what I have in front of me, appreciate my life for what it is etc. But after a day or two, of rolling around in my… [Read More]

A letter to my son on his eighth birthday

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My sweet boy, Today you are eight. I try to come to grips with it, but in my mind, I still want to imagine a little boy with chubby cheeks, toddling down the hallway. That’s not where we are. You are an athlete – basketball, baseball, soccer…you name it, you want to play it. This… [Read More]

Stocking Stuffers for the Whole Family

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If you’ve been following me for some time, you’ll know that stockings are my number one favorite thing about Christmas. It’s always been a big deal in my family and it’s way more fun than the actual presents. Stockings can be filled with anything you can think of…candy, beauty items, any sort of fun tchotchke you… [Read More]

I am thankful

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It’s been a crazy few months. I have felt a lot of stress, and I’ve yelled and cried more than normal. But I’m okay. We’re all okay. And for that, I am thankful. When you’re in the thick of change, as things are constantly evolving and shifting, it’s hard to focus on the good that is in… [Read More]

Fall and winter fashion for kids {Osh Kosh Giveaway}

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I love fall fashion. Dressing in tall boots, sweaters and jeans makes me incredibly happy. Getting dressed is easy for me. Dressing my kids, on the other hand, during these colder months can be much more challenging. Take my son. Lover of athletic wear, shorts and sports jerseys. He’s not a fan of jeans or… [Read More]

The struggle to breathe and move steadily onward

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…….. I’ve sat here for the last few days staring at the cursor. So much to say, but not sure how to say it. Trying to understand, but simply at a loss. Reading, desperate for more information. Trying to absorb all that is around me, coming at me from all angles. You see, I’m not… [Read More]