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Celebrating the Greatest Generation

“In America, young men were enlisting in the military by the hundreds of thousands. Farm kids from the great plains who never expected to see the ocean in their lifetimes signed up for the Navy; brothers followed brothers into the Marines; young daredevils who were fascinated by the new frontiers of flight volunteered for pilot training.” Tom Brokaw; The Greatest Generation If you haven’t read this book, it is a fascinating look at the World War II generation. Young men and women born and raised …

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My Un-Mother’s Day Mother’s Day

I’m sure most of you can relate to holidays being more stressful than relaxing. Carting tired kids around to multiple stops. Making sure you see everyone and that nobody feels left out. I am very grateful and blessed that we have family nearby. I wouldn’t want it any other way. But there’s good and bad to everything, right? Running around on special occasions often means I sacrifice what I’d really like to do with my limited time. This year on Mother’s Day I was chaperoning …

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30 Day Challenge: Try Something New for 30 Days

Last month I did a 30 day food challenge and I’d like to continue pushing myself with another 30 day challenge. This time around I encourage you to do a 30 day challenge with me! You can do anything for 30 days! Let’s try something new together. Your challenge can be something small (and therefore more sustainable once the challenge is over) or a bigger item that’s been on your bucket list. For inspiration check out this TED Talk by former Google engineer Matt Cutts …

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Ten Important Lessons I Learned Being Raised By a Single Mom

My parents divorced when my brother and I were very young, and after my dad left we never had a close relationship with him. We had the obligatory dinner together once a week, but he eventually moved out of state and we didn’t really keep in touch. But don’t feel bad for me – my mom is amazing and more than filled both pairs of shoes! I never felt that I missed out on anything not having a dad around and my mom taught my …

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A Busy Mom’s Version of the Whole30 – Week 4

This picture is of the desserts I did NOT eat Sunday evening when we celebrated my son’s and nephew’s birthdays. It was tough, as they smelled delicious (I baked one of them) but I stayed strong and at the end of the night was glad I did! Only a few days left – I couldn’t give in at this point. Following a plan like this is about getting healthy physically as well as mentally. Setting and reaching goals is good for your confidence, motivation and …

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A Busy Mom’s Version of the Whole30 – Week 3!!!

I’m in the home stretch! I’m actually going to make it. Three weeks down and I feel great. Week 3 overall insights: 1. My friend Brandy shared this timeline of how you feel during the Whole30 and let me tell you – it is spot on! I was so happy when I read this because it validated everything I was feeling and motivated me to keep going. Right now I’m in Tiger Blood (feeling good, seeing improvements) with a little bit of I’m so Over This, …

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A Busy (Vegetarian) Mom’s Version of the Whole30 – Week 2

I woke up this morning at 5am ready to write about Week 2 (which ended last night) before work, stood up to use the bathroom, and proceeded to vomit. There’s nothing worse than being a sick mom, am I right??? So instead of writing, making breakfast and packing lunches, I guiltily told my kids they were on their own and went back to bed. Writing about this guilt is probably a post for another day. Here’s a quick look at how week 2 went for …

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A Busy Mom’s Version of the Whole30 – Week 1

As summer approaches, many of us are thinking about losing weight, in a healthy way. I’ve been hearing success stories from people who’ve tried the Whole30, so I’ve decided to give it a try. With a twist – I’m a vegetarian. The Whole30 isn’t touted as a weight loss program; it’s a clean eating program designed to make you feel better. And in doing so you’re probably going to lose weight as part of the process. In the Whole30 you stop eating dairy, sugar, grains. …

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How to Modernize an Old Farm Table

So many of us have the light oak farm table and chairs in our kitchens. Mine had been an everyday table with three kids and while it held up, the surface had paint, marker, egg dye on it – tell tale signs of a well loved and used surface. When we remodeled our kitchen in beige, black and neutral grays, my husband wanted to buy a new table. But I prefer to reuse things (and save money) so I decided to make it into a …

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Stages of a Food Allergy Mom

My son has a severe tree nut allergy and I’m not going to lie, it kind of rules our lives. Food is obviously integral to our survival, a part of almost every social gathering, and a way something we think about at least three times a day. When I look back at how we’ve maneuvered through this phenomenon, there are distinguished “stages” I’ve gone through as a food allergy mom. Denial: This is what happens when you don’t wear underwear. When my son was two …