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could I be going gray?

This post is brought to you by Stacey from Pure Hair Studio. She took great care of Barbara and is sharing her knowledge of gray hair! It happens to all of us. Finding the first GRAY hair. Enter panic attack. Our first thought is, “I’m not possibly old enough to be going gray, right?” When […]

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road trip and relationships

A couple weeks ago my husband and I headed west to Colorado for some meetings.  We decided to road trip rather than fly this time.  Call us crazy but we love the occasional road trip….even if it means 26 hours in the car. There we were, nothing but the two of us. With three very […]

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choosing joy

If you have been following the blog for any time and have read my posts over the years you know I have been on the roller coaster ride of a lifetime. I’ve written about: Our battle with infertility Post-partum depression transistioning to a family of 4 celebrating being done having kids realizing the feelings of […]

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winter gardener | diy terrarium

It’s February.  It’s blistery cold here in Iowa and there is no green grass in sight.  I am one frustrated gardener.  My hands are just itching to get in the garden as soon as spring comes.  I know not everyone is as excited about gardening as I am, but there is something about seeing something grow […]

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running lessons: savor the moment

Remember that one time I wrote a running series?  And then wrote a post about taking a hiatus?  And then took one for 5 months?  Me neither.  Welcome back to Life Lessons Learned While Running.  I can’t promise you next month I will bring you another Life Lesson because sometimes sabbaticals happen, but in the […]

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what about mom

Kids Valentines for school made…check Cute red or pink outfit for classroom party picked out…check Date with the hubby planned…check Card or chocolates for your own kids ready to go…check Now what about mom?  Have you thought about what you might like? Every mom deserves a little something for herself and what better day of […]

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valentine diy

Are you one of those parents that waits until the last minute to get those Valentines ready for school.  I am going to show you a couple of easy Valentines you can make yourself, and you don’t even have to visit the Valentine section at the store. The first one is simply an un-popped bag […]

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valentine’s schmalentine’s

When showing me the work schedule for February, my new boss pointed out that she had given me the evening off for Valentine’s Day so that I could “do something romantic with” my husband.  I laughed.  I tried to use the kids and decade long marriage as an excuse for not celebrating Valentines Day, but […]

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my 5 favorite children’s books

I’ve read hundreds of different books to my kids. Some are great and some I do not look forward to reading (although I’m a good sport about it). My children love going to the bookstore and picking out new books to add to our collection. I love the excitement that it brings them to hear […]

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big hair, don’t care

I can wear my hair relaxed, straightened, with press & curl, jheri curl, dreadlocks, a curly twist-out, finger waves, in an afro, braided, with extensions, weaves, cornrows, with a  hi-top fade (if I’m having a Grace Jones moment) or natural. The list is long when it comes to styles that African-American women can wear their […]

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