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2012

Parenting

The Best Parenting Book I’ve Read – Raising Happiness

May 24, 2012
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Seven months ago I wrote about entering the phase of the Terrible Two’s with the Child, desperate for advice and a way to cope. I know every parent says this, but the Child really is great. I find that she typically melts down when she’s tired, over stimulated or hungry. The hardest part in dealing with the so-called “terrible two’s” – which are age-appropriate reactions! – is reminding myself that I am the adult in the relationship. Around the time…

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Travel

Today, We’re Traveling to Bulgaria

May 23, 2012
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A friend of mine from USC has spent the last few years traveling the globe and giving back as a Peace Corps Volunteer. 2.5 of those years were spent in Bulgaria. Bulgaria was never on my list of places to visit until I started following Amy’s blog. Below are images she took of the concrete graffiti walls in the capital city providing a glimpse into the local culture and its communist history.   Related articles 6 Reasons to Visit Bulgaria…

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Parenting

The Gift of Family – the Day We Donated Our Embryos

May 17, 2012
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My friend Lindsay Alford and her husband Rick did a remarkable thing today – they gave another couple the gift of life. I’m honored to have Linds on the blog today sharing her fertility journey and how they came to this decision. ——————————————————————————————————————— I was deeply touched by last night’s episode of Private Practice. Dr. Amelia Shepherd gave birth to a brainless baby and was forced to make a heart wrenching decision to donate her baby’s organs or to let him die…

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Sewing & DIY

Sewing Tutorial: Easy Steps to Recover Your Old Pillows

May 12, 2012
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This is my favorite time of year. The weather warms up, and we eat all of our meals outdoors. Cleaning and prepping the patio for the summer season was quite the endeavor, but well worth it! I’ve always loved this old trunk and milk can in our yard, but it’s always been buried or tucked away in a corner. And while the pillows look decent in this image, they are old and incredibly worn. In less than a couple of hours,…

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Social Media

6 Tips for Using Social Media to Grow Your Blog and Business

April 24, 2012
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I originally wrote this post for Alissa over on Rags to Stitches. I’m re-sharing it here as I think there’s a great deal of value for bloggers and businesses seeking quick tips for using social media to grow their online presence. One of my passions is helping businesses build and grow their online social media. Whether you’re running your own business or building your personal brand, each of these tips will help you better align your goals and make the…

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Social Media

I’m on AOL Daily Finance Talking about How to Use Pinterest to Save you Money

April 23, 2012

Pinterest is now the third-most used social networking site. Amazing considering it hasn’t been around for too long, and it’s an invite-only  platform. I frequently get asked (professionally and personally) – What is Pinterest? How do I use it? I don’t get it … Should my brand be on it? It’s probably not going very last long is it? While no one can predict the latter, given how wildly successful it’s become in a short span of time, I can’t…

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Personal & Professional Development

How Do You Define Success?

April 18, 2012
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source I’ve been wanting to write about this since I read Fat Mum Slim‘s take on the subject in late March. Since then, the definition of success has come up quite frequently in random conversations and even in a portion of the book I’m currently reading. I took these as signs to take a heartfelt look at my life and how I would define the word. I loved Fat Mum Slim’s definition: “It’s laughing with my husband and getting butterflies…

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Sewing & DIY

DIY Craft – How to Make Your Own Bike Basket

April 16, 2012
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If you live in the Reno area and dig crafting and DIY projects you have to connect with Ashley of Girl Made. A few times each month Ashley hosts crafting workshops in her home. Everything from bracelet making class, embroidery projects and the latest – basket making class. I browsed Pinterest for inspiration prior to the class, but ultimately picked out a few materials at the local craft store (ribbon & flowers) and tried to keep the decorations simple. Ashley supplied the cute…

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Lifestyle

Music’s Amazing Healing Powers. Alive Inside Movie.

April 11, 2012

My dad has suffered multiple strokes since 2001 and many years ago lost his speech. True to his strong character and vocabulary, the only words that were not lost were swear words.  I always tell him, “Dad, if you practiced the rest of your vocabulary as much as you do these words, you’d be fine!” If you’ve never suffered through a loved one losing their ability to speak, I hope you never have to – it is the absolute saddest…

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