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I knew the questions would come, it was inevitable, but I wasn't prepared to tell my son about my divorce and that I had said "I Do" before. Our family is a blended one and it has been quite the...
It's Valentine's Day and there's something in the air, and I'm not just talking about love. It's pressure. The pressure to show up and show off all the love we have inside. The pressure to shout from the rooftops how much...
Dayton is full of date night fun for all types of couples! Check out this mom-sourced roundup of our favorite ideas for investing time in your relationship.
I vividly remember the moment my husband literally bowed down and praised all I had done that day. I mean, really - as a busy mama carrying what feels like the never-ending invisible load, a moment like this is...
Mamas, (and dads!) are you looking for a way to make your kids feel extra special and loved this year, without feeling overwhelmed by the task or the cost? Parenting is hard work and helping your relationship with your little...
Recently, I was at a work conference listening to a speaker give a lecture. These speakers always try to be entertaining to make the two hours pass quickly. In an effort to engage the audience, the lecturer started asking...

My Best Girls

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I've never really had many friends that were girls. Or a whole lot of friends for that matter. As an adult woman, when my girlfriends get together, I typically decline. When my friends go on a women's retreat and invite...
In a simple moment of a heated argument, my son looked at me and said: "Well, just have fun with your 'new' family!" and I cried. Blending a family is NOT easy and it takes time. I am nine years...

They’re Always Listening

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The older I've gotten, the more aware I've become of the way that the opinions I heard growing up shaped my relationships with people in my family. As the youngest cousin by many years, I often blended into the...
I started doing something weird a few weeks ago. Every evening when my husband got home from work, I greeted him with a hug and asked him what the best part of his day was. Sounds pretty typical, right?...
“Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.” Yes, I was a Girl Scout for more years than I would like to recall. Nonetheless, I’ve always been appreciative of friends, especially the ones who...
Ask anyone, and they’ve probably heard the story of Beauty and the Beast. The cheerful and kind Belle finds love with the unlikely Beast, her total opposite. She sways him to see things her way, and they live happily...

Fight for Your Fairytale

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3,836 days. That is how long it’s been since we stood up in front of our family and friends and shared our sweet vows. Vows to spend the rest of our days making each other happy, enduring life’s challenges,...
I'm sure you've had quite a few friends or relatives tell you how incredibly important it is to date your spouse. Well, it is! It's super important. It's important for your relationship, your connection, and maybe even your sanity. The...

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