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I Let It In – The Music, The Beauty, The Love

By: , February 16th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Musings, Parenting

Sometimes I let stress get in the way of life's most beautiful moments, and I'm trying to change that.

Originally posted on November 17, 2015 with a different photograph.

Sometimes you just need the universe to give you a gentle slap across the face and say “snap out of …

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Tales Of The Shrinking Belly: Chapter Two ~ The Whole 30 ~ Days 1 – 10

By: , February 11th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Health

Eating whole foods doesn't have to be scary, lonely, or expensive.

I was first introduced to the Paleo way of eating about 10 years ago, while researching how to effectively manage my fibromyalgia symptoms without medication.  Proponents of ‘eating Paleo’ touted benefits …

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Build-A-Bear Workshop For Jerks

By: , February 10th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Musings, Parenting

Parental Happiness Costs You Your Cynicism

I’ve been a cynic for most of my life, and that part of my personality has not been a terribly positive attribute.  I have a conflict of conscience buying in …

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Tales Of The Shrinking Belly: Chapter One

By: , January 25th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Health

As a 42 year old mother of two young children, I have a clearer perspective on the importance of feeling better, and I have a more desperate and intense desire to prolong my life.

Over the years, while navigating life with fibromyalgia, I’ve put in a fair amount of time and effort learning what it takes for me to achieve optimal health.  After much …

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Tales Of The Shrinking Belly: Prologue

By: , November 24th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Health

A personal history of my struggle with body image and unhealthy eating habits.

I wish I had known then what I know now.  We all have a story, and I’ve met very few women in my adult life who have always had a …

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Creepy Creeps Are Everywhere

By: , November 12th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

It may be impossible to completely avoid perverts online, but you can take steps to minimize your exposure.

A few days ago, I was reviewing the blog’s stats when I came across something which made me instantly sick to my stomach.  It was a Google search …

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Play More at Minnesota Children’s Museum

By: , November 4th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Travel

An oasis of family-friendly fun in the heart of Saint Paul, Minnesota!

We started the day with a large breakfast in our hotel room. Since the Museum was only a twenty minute drive from our hotel (and we managed to make the …

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DIY No Sew Spider Costume

By: , October 21st, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

Because not every mom knows how to sew. (Well, not yet, anyway.)

LB has loved the scary spirit of Halloween from the beginning. One of his favorite games has always been “BOO!”, which is just as you would imagine.  We started saying “BOO!” …

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Be Kind. It Matters.

By: , October 19th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Musings


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Up Next From By The Seat Of Our Pants

By: , October 18th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Health

We're changing a few things around here...

You may have noticed we haven’t been posting as much new content on the blog over the last few weeks.  The simple explanation is that Jason has been busy running …

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