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Co-Sleeping: Continuing the Empty Crib Tradition with Joy

Co-Sleeping: Continuing the Empty Crib Tradition with Joy

 As I looked at my two-year-old baby boy, I still can’t believe he’s already two. As he’s grown, his height and weight have increased, meaning that co-sleeping is no joke on my forty-something-year-old body. However, I’ve realized that co-sleeping is about more than having my son close to me – it’s a family tradition. At […]

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How to Have the Most Epic Holiday Season Ever!

How to Have the Most Epic Holiday Season Ever!

While standing in my kitchen on Christmas night last year, I felt deep in my gut the result of too much holiday. The sheer amount of preparation, thoughtfulness, anticipation, surprise, memory-making, love, gratitude, and giving. For it all to be over, just like that?! My feet were sore, my tummy full, and both my cheeks […]

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Yes, I Lie to My Kids {Keeping the Christmas Magic Alive}

Yes, I Lie to My Kids {Keeping the Christmas Magic Alive}

Maintaining the Façade is Hard Work Recently, my ten-year-old daughter reprimanded me about the Tooth Fairy failing “two nights in a row!” Then she looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Mom, you owe me two dollars.” For a second, I sat stunned. Then I yelled down the hallway, “I don’t know what you’re […]

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Bring on the Brisket! A Guide to Wine Country's Best BBQ

Bring on the Brisket! A Guide to Wine Country’s Best BBQ

Growing up, I was never a fan of red meat. While I indulged in the occasional McDonald’s cheeseburger as a kid, I treated steak and bacon like the plague. But after living in Dallas for five years, I was reintroduced to my carnivorous side. I discovered the magical world of southern BBQ! And now that […]

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Please, No Toys this Christmas {What We Want Instead of Toys}

Please, No Toys this Christmas {What We Want Instead of Toys}

This year I’m saying, “No toys, please.” In the third grade, my parents saved the LA Times clipping of my letter to Santa. That year, I asked for world peace and for the safety of my family. I know, it was a hefty request. Though I ended up with a purple bicycle with a banana […]

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Protecting My Skin in the Winter with Trilipiderm {Product Review}

This post is sponsored by our partners at Trilipiderm but all opinions herein are our own.You guys, I cannot tell you how excited I was to try the Trilipiderm Ultra-Hydrating All-Body Oil. Let’s just say I can easily go on a rant about dry skin. . . The kind of dry where your legs seem to […]

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3 Easy Christmas Traditions We Can't Live Without

3 Easy Christmas Traditions We Can’t Live Without

This time of year is truly my favorite! I love the decorations, parties, family time, and most of all the magic of Christmas! I have the best childhood memories of Christmas time! It was a magical season full of Christmas traditions. The house was always decorated inside and out, and the sweet scent of apples […]

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