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As moms -- whether stay-at-home, working, homeschooling, moms of kids who spend the day out at school, tall moms, short moms, moms of one, or moms of seven -- we have busy, full days with a lot on our...
I say often to three of my children, “You are living a different life than I did growing up. I do not know what it is like to have a sister with special needs.” It’s my way of validating...
Three Generations My great-grandmother became a mom at age 17, and she gave lots of motherly advice to my grandmother, who became a mom at 20. She called it a mother's "tough-love." She was able to pass on this motherly...
In the midst of a global pandemic and stay at home orders, I realized my son's birthday was coming up. Because of our situation, this meant no birthday party at school, no 20-30 kids gathering to sing to him,...
The summer months are winding down and I don't know about you but we have hosted and been to a numerous amount of cook outs, BBQs, pot lucks, and don't forget all those June weddings!  There have been countless of dishes served,...
"I don't have time" and "I wish I could" are two phrases I'm guilty of using way too often. My husband constantly reminds me that realistic expectations yield a much better mood for everyone, and he has never been...
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Ahh, the holidays . . . undoubtedly my favorite time of the year. I love all things Thanksgiving and Christmas, from planning holiday meals to belting out Christmas tunes to trimming the...

We Are Not That Family

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We are not that family.  You know them. That family at the pumpkin patch where everyone is having an inexplicably good time despite the crowd and the blistering, ninety-five degree Alabama "fall" weather. The mom doesn't have to raise her...
I have been a stay-at-home mom for several years now. I am constantly looking for ways to trim our budget and ease the financial strain of being a single-income family. Here are a few areas in which I have...
Mothers and daughters. Those relationships are the makings of memorable movie moments. Remember Sally Field forcing Julia Roberts to drink juice even as she despairs her daughter’s choice to have a baby? (Steel Magnolias). What about Debra Winger realizing...

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Antique Shopping in Birmingham

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  Antique shopping is a creative outlet for me. While some might consider a spa trip to be the ultimate in “self-care,” give me an...