As a child, I didn't value walking out into my backyard and entering a field overflowing with pretty much anything a child could want if it grew from a seed in the earth. My family planted a communal garden...
If you were to ask my close friends and family what my hobbies are, they'll tell you watching The Princess Bride on repeat (while quoting it excessively), and reading. I LOVE to read! At night you'll find me in...
A friend recently invited me to join a local buy nothing group on Facebook, which I thought was just a random "give stuff away group." After being in the group for a while, I learned that the Buy Nothing...
I am a fan of fierce females; of rebels who fight against a misogynistic mentality, of feminists who refuse to be tied down by the chains of patriarchy, and of women leaders who do not hold back when they...

Welcome to 40

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I recently turned 40. I’m not sure when all of that happened, but it’s true. I think the blur of childrearing has made me forget so much, including my age. I still feel like I am in my 20’s...
The year was 1998. The month was November, and I was a couple of days away from turning twenty-four. I was also only a couple of days away from losing the freedom of having a room of my own. See,...

My Lego Obsession

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Yes, you read that title correctly. I said my Lego obsession. Not my kids, but mine. If you don't believe me, ask my husband. He'll more than gladly tell you. He's always teasing me about it, and telling my...

When Time Slowed Down

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The year 2020 will always be known, to me, as the year that the seemingly impossible happened; time slowed down. For some, it seemed to happen overnight. For others, it was like watching a slow moving collision in the making,...
There was once a time when I could barely keep my head above water. I had two children who were ages two and under, my husband was full-time in a PhD program, and I worked from home. Money was...
As someone with a small child, I usually find that I am behind on the latest trends and technology. If it’s not directly related to something my daughter would enjoy, it gets tossed out of my mind, forgotten. However,...
I love decorating my house for Christmas. But the second Christmas is over, I hate the décor. It feels cluttery and adds to the chaos. I cannot wait to undecorate for Christmas. However, undecorating inevitably leads me down an If...
In the last year, we saw our homes transform into office spaces, classrooms, family game and movie night central, even gyms and dance studios. Technology became an even more essential tool for us to stay connected with family members,...
My mouth watered each time I'd see an ad for a meal delivery service. Friends began sending me coupons and free meal promises. With each one, I'd delve into the website, read all the FAQ's, and stop before checking...
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Weekend Events for Kids

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