Women, please stop insulting your own gender (and my children)

I was walking around Costco in yoga pants and messy hair with my two little girls sitting in the cart (sound familiar?). They had a cracker sample in one hand and a fruit sample in the other, happy as can be. “Oh wow, two girls? You have your hands full.” the older lady wearing a […]

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Leaving the best part of me on the table

It was the perfect September evening. The weather was just slightly crisp and the tips of the trees just started to turn a rusty orange. My glass of wine was half full as we sat with friends … and toddlers. That’s when a small miracle happened. “Why don’t we take the kids home and you […]

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The Sweet Life: kicking the sugar habit

Years ago, I was on assignment in the middle of nowhere Kentucky, which meant the only restaurant available for lunch was a Wendy’s. But no problem. There’s always a healthy option. You just have to make the best choices. The worker handed me my order. “Umm…excuse me,” I said, “I asked for the low fat […]

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It’s not you, it’s me: A simple step towards a happier life

It’s 5:45pm. Like clockwork on any given Tuesday, I have broccoli steaming on the stove, chicken on the grill or oven and some other side dish simmering. Getting to this point in the day took a small miracle and PBS programming to keep my girls entertained. This is also the time when my almost 2 […]

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Dream job? How to launch an idea into a side hustle

“You know what you should do,” my dad said as he sat at the head of the table, “You girls should go into making pies from scratch.” He stuck his fork into the homemade crust my mom made from a family recipe passed down from her grandmother. Keep in mind, this was when I was […]

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Strength is not a title, it’s an attitude

I was 20 years old when I discovered my grandma and I had the same face. My grandpa was retiring for the first time (not the last) and we were putting pictures together for a party. “Is it weird to know what you are going to look like when you’re 85?” asked a woman who […]

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All is fair in love and chores, except dead animals

I was in the middle of either my third or fourth round of laundry. I lost count. Laundry is a gaping abyss. With a freshly folded pile of toddler clothes in hand, I walked into my daughter’s room to put her clothes in her drawer and – like I always do in the summer – […]

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One year, a lot of mistakes and a better “me”

I’m standing in front of my bathroom mirror in the same spot I do every day. My coffee is warm, in the same large white mugs I use every morning. I’m even wearing a t-shirt I stole from my dad when I was in high school that has “Wickliffe Relays” written across the front. I […]

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Don’t have enough time? 7 ways to change

I thought this “vlog” would take 2 hours out of my day. Now, 6 hours later, I’m still at my computer. That is my hamartia. ha·mar·ti·a ˌhämärˈtēə/ noun a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine. You’re welcome for the vocabulary lesson. But in all seriousness, underestimating how long chores or […]

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My inevitable death and other parental anxieties

“What are you doing?”, my husband asked as he walked into our bathroom. We needed to leave for the airport about 20 minutes ago, but there I was, wiping the bathroom sink down with Clorox and a paper towel. “If we die, I don’t want someone coming in here and there’s toothpaste all over the […]

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