For most of us, our pets are members of the family. They're there with us through good and bad. Yes, they chewed up our favorite pair of shoes, but they also were the ring bearer at our wedding. They may have chewed on the only stuffed animal that your kid will sleep with, but they're also curled up with the rest of the crew for family movie night. Through the good times and the struggles, they've been there with us the whole time. But unfortunately, our beloved pets won't be there forever. Like it or not, our cats and dogs have a shorter life span and the time will come when we have to say goodbye. Sometimes, it's an unexpected accident and other times it's brought on by illness or, if we're lucky, simply old age and natural causes. The beauty of pets is that they care about us as much as ...

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The start of school can be a wondrous time for stay at home parents. Of course, mornings and post-school schedules can still be pretty hectic, but those precious midday hours when you're by yourself (or, like many of us, your load is at least lightened) are relished. It's the point of day when you can get a few things done without interruptions. Laundry actually makes it back in the drawers, fingerprints are scrubbed off of walls, and carpets are crumb-free. It's pretty much a miracle. But it can all come crashing down in the worst possible way if someone gets sick. When your baby gets sick, it can be rough. When all of your babies get sick, it can be a catastrophe. When the parents get sick, it's pretty much Doomsday. But, with some simple steps, you can combat the common ailments that spread at school. Influenza Most school-aged children will miss at ...

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Things have been beyond hectic the last couple of weeks. Work is beyond busy and home life is just as crazy if not more while we balance school and extracurricular activities as a family. I have skipped my daily runs almost daily. I am definitely in need of break. Luckily I have a stay-cation planned in just two days and I’m counting down the minutes. I’ve already started a list of things to do that my week “break” won’t really be a “break” but a chance to me to reset and focus on the things I love doing. I stumbled on this book while in a paper store during my lunch break and I just had to buy it. I’ve always preached the motto, “life begins out of your comfort zone.” Preached but struggle, I mean really STRUGGLE with living by it. Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You… The journal contains ...

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Okay this post has nothing to do with the metro at all, it’s just there isn’t much to do when you are stuck on the train and you don’t want to drain the battery on your phone incase you need it for an emergency of some kind. Like a ride home because the train has been sitting at the station for the last 15 minutes. We are going on year three in the DC metro area and I haven’t met with any of my blogging friends in the area. I’ve accidentally ran into Mrs. Fergie at a Dance Moms Meet & Greet no doubt. And I attended a back-to-school event at the park with Tech Mom when I first arrived. But that’s it. That’s a little pathetic. One of the reasons we choose DC was because I actually knew several people here. I think I saw them all more ...

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