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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How to say “no” without sounding like a lazy jerk

If you are like me, there are three scenarios in which I feel like the worst person in the world for saying “no.” “Would you like to donate a dollar for dying children?” This usually happens around the holidays at the cash register when your credit cards are already smoking from over-use. But if you […]

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Wishing you a blissfully unaware summer

“Wow, she looks all grown up,” my grandma said as I stepped out on her back patio. “Yes! It fits!” said my mom, with more relief in her voice than anything else because she wouldn’t have to pay for a swimsuit for me that summer. I was 11 on the cusp of turning 12 … […]

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Finding your “soulmate workout” for your best body ever

It’s 5 am when the alarm goes off. You have every intention to workout, but that snooze button is such a better option. So many of us skip workouts because our desire is born from negativity. We are typically motivated to go to the gym because of that extra 10lbs around our middles, or we […]

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