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Dear Sisters, I'm so sorry. My stomach turns and my head pounds when I think about when I was in your shoes. It was just about 19 years ago. I was 16 when my older brother Ryan was killed in a...
I am a competitive person. I played sports throughout my school years and continued coaching and playing volleyball multiple times a week as a young professional. I only stopped when I became too pregnant to continue competing, and now...
I was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and I have lived there, or in North Carolina, Georgia, or Louisiana for my entire life. I love grits, the movie Steel Magnolias, and SEC football just like anyone else, and I can...
I am definitely NOT the financially-inclined partner in my marriage. I am not the bread-winner; I’m not the budgeter; and I’m certainly not the saver. I am a GREAT spender. My husband calls me a “marketer’s dream.” So, when...
Author's Note :: ALL parents expanding their families, either by natural birth, adoption, surrogacy, etc., deserve to be celebrated. My hope is that this post provides ideas for baby gifts that will be helpful to ALL moms and dads...
I adore my big brother… but I’ve been sour for 38 years that I don’t have a sister. Even as we speak, my daughter has amazing brothers, but she doesn’t have a sister. It doesn’t sit well with me....
Journals and planners and schedules, oh my! Wait, what do I do with those? As I enter my first year as a mom, I now understand the true importance of time management, creating a schedule and overall having to plan...
In your defense, you probably don’t even realize what affect you had. I don’t think you were ever (or often) deliberately hateful. Looking back, I don’t think you hated me at all. Maybe you didn’t like me very much,...
Hello. If you're a native to this Greater New Orleans area, (and we all are, even if we don't all start out that way) you've probably heard some unflattering, untrue things about the western side of the great Mississippi...

My Husband Lost His Job

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New City, New Job When we moved to Louisiana, the national drugstore that my husband worked for was very honest and told him that they wouldn't be able to place him in Louisiana. And if they could, they would not...
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Big Easy Con and written by NOM Contributor Tara Rosenkranz through her own experience. Big Easy Con Jr :: What to Know Before You Go I've been going to conventions also known as "Cons" since...
Overnight Success: Sleepovers 101 The sleepover was a rite of friendship passage for me growing up. I still remember wrapping up in a towel and leaping off my friend’s bed reenacting Dove soap commercials. Her home felt like my home,...
Dear Blanche, Oh my beloved Toyota Sienna, although we have only been together a short time you have done so much for us already. The relationship is new but the loyalty runs deep. I had my "dream car" until you...
Fall has arrived, so bring on the boots, scarves, sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, football and all the Fall activities. Here are 40 fun family activities to celebrate the season: Visit a pumpkin patch Carve pumpkins Roast pumpkin seeds Paint...

 

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