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I feel obligated to start with this disclaimer: I’m very aware that my family is incredibly, exceptionally blessed to have had all the stars in the grandparent universe line up in our favor.  My parents (Mimi and Pa Pa) and...
Dear Mom, The pressure to be perfect can weigh heavy, especially on a mother. That amount of pressure never came from you because you never attempted to prove to me (or anyone) that being perfect was a part of life....
I grew up as the only child of a single mom who often had to work in the evening, so from elementary school and on, I often found myself eating dinner alone. I would watch movies and tv shows...
Other than moving out of my parent’s house and having to become an adult at the late age of 22, going from DOG mom to DOG and HUMAN mom was one of the hardest transitions I have ever been...

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The first Friday of the COVID-19 quarantine ended with me screaming at my husband in the kitchen. The whole week had actually gone quite smoothly. I knew that a color-coded hour by hour schedule would not work for my family,...
Missing Friends One of the biggest challenges my children have experienced during social distancing is missing their school friends. The boys are 10 (almost 11) and 12 and socialization is such a huge part of their development. Social distancing hit...
What is Ramadan? The holy month of Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until dusk. We say goodbye to our morning coffee, snacking on our chocolate stash throughout the day,...
Unprepared My mother passed away yesterday after a grueling year of battling many health issues. She had spent more days in the hospital than out of it in the last 6 months. It seemed she had turned a corner, but...
My husband and I had a marriage motto before we ever had kids, and it happened to work well to adapt it for our whole family. Our motto is "Together or not at all." Unity is one of our...
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 forth of being grateful and...
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 and be able to move...
5 Games We All Play in Marriage I have always heard people say that dating is not fun because it's all about playing games: “is he going to call?”, “is he purposely not responding to my text message?”, “I see...
There’s so much negativity and pessimism floating around due to this forced quarantine right now. It’s so hard NOT to be Debbie-Downer or, even, Katty-Karen. We’re inconvenienced, we’re overwhelmed, we’re scared, we’re paranoid, we're turning into a germaphobe, we...
We are one week down in coronavirus quarantine and I have learned a lot about myself, my family and our fellow man. Here are just a few takeaways. I sorely underestimated the amount of alcohol we would need. #sendtitos #sendchamps...