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Holiday Hypocrite

When Did I Become a Holiday Hypocrite?

This all started on my birthday, back in August. Every year I ask for the same cake (original-style DQ ice cream cake), and almost every year I don’t get it, and I get little upset (“little” is subjective!). This year my birthday happened to fall on Meet-the-Teacher night, which means that it was well after 8:00 […]

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Behind the Magic: A Closer Look at Frozen‘s Fractals

When it comes to Frozen character alliances, I’ve always been Team Anna. We’re both plucky younger sisters who are hungry for love and are running some gray at the hairline. It’s not that I actively dislike Elsa. In fact, I kinda admire her. She’s got sovereign authority, icy good looks, and—most importantly—a mastery of fractals. Elsa’s […]

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Thoughts on Parenthood: How to Not Raise a Jerk

Thoughts on Parenthood: How to Not Raise a Jerk

Bullying. Getting bullied. Speaking your mind. Thinking before you speak. Standing up to peer pressure. Not saying “butt” so much. Using good manners. Respecting yourself. Respecting others. Having patience. Practicing empathy. All parts of my running list of “Big Important Things” I want to teach my children now and in the coming years. I’ve been […]

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Easy and Inexpensive DIY Tutus

Easy and Inexpensive DIY Tutus

Am I the last one to realize how easy it is to make a tutu? Tutus are adorable, but I don’t always like the gigantic ones you see in stores…or the price tag that goes with them. I knew I wanted a tutu for my little ladybug’s Halloween costume, but I couldn’t find exactly what […]

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

My Deployment Baby

I’m not sure if most people are aware, but “deployment babies” are an actual thing. A lot of military families end up having a baby shortly after the service member returns from deployment, because well, you know… It’s been a long time. I was no different. I came home from a year-long deployment in Iraq in […]

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Conversations with Kids: Understanding Ebola

Conversations with Kids: Understanding Ebola

It’s here. In our backyard. In Dallas, Texas. If your children attend a school, watch television, or go online, they’ve heard about Ebola. Although medical experts don’t yet have a cure for this often fatal disease, they do know a lot about the Ebola virus. We’re all a little worried, even fearful, and understandably so. […]

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