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Valentina Lostalo

Valentina Lostalo
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Teachers, Thank You for Herding my Cats

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After a couple of weeks of “distance learning,” I have to say that if before I admired teachers, now they also have my deepest sympathy. I imagine that teaching little ones can be like herding...

Keeping Myself Sane by Building a Home Gym

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Up until the shelter in place started, I was a regular gym-goer, 4-5 times a week almost religiously. It helps me deal with anxiety and to shake the sillies out. I was focused on...

How Quarantine Affected My Son

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After being home for 2 months and some (you know, COVID), finally, the last day of school came for both my kids (first grader and kindergarten). We were in some sort of “routine” and...

And Just Like That He Grew Out Of It

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Yesterday my 8-year-old son came to me with the Ghostbusters sign he had hanging on his bedroom door, I made for him a year ago, and said “here I don’t like Ghostbusters anymore, now...

I Am Not Ready to Come Out

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Now we are moving into Phase One in reopening the city/state. It is what we all have been waiting for, some sort of light at the end of the tunnel of this weird end...

The Positive side of Social Distancing

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This might sound a little weird and even a little off for some but there have been a few good things coming out with this social distancing thing. Don’t get me wrong, I miss...

Family Love in Times of Coronavirus

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I guess that most topics to discuss right now are pretty much all tinted by the worldwide present situation of quarantine and uncertainty. One thing I noticed (on myself, at least) is the back and...

I Am My Family’s Emotional Cushion

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Hello friend! Allow me to vent for a minute so I can go back to my thing… sometimes all we need is to vent to just be able to get something off our chest...

Why I Love Subscription Boxes

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After I had my kids, when they were little particularly, getting out of the house was hard. It was such a production to prepare mentally/physically to go to the mall or any other place...

I Deserve Nice Things

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I have been battling with my “conscience” about whether I should spend money on myself. I guess that most of us can agree that when it comes to spending money on the kids, being...

Dear Schools, Why Must We Have Homework Over Holiday Breaks?

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I have two kids in elementary school, and since kindergarten, we have been having homework. While in kindergarten it wasn’t included in the grade, but now in first grade and up it is a...

This Time I am Going for Progress and Not Perfection

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We are days away from the new year and many of us go through this process of comparing our beginning of the year resolutions with the end of the year "accomplishments." This process can...

I Was Financially No One

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Back Story... I moved to the US 10 years ago, when my now-husband and I decided to take a leap of faith and end the long-distance relationship. It was (as you can imagine), pretty intense...

Do We Really Need to be THIS Busy All the Time?

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I am sitting home looking at the calendar and I can’t believe the number of things we have going on. Usually, the month starts pretty “empty” in the paper planner but by the time...