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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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When you have a Type A personality, life is about control and organization. So it's safe to assume that your home needs to reflect these attributes. Just because you're not a Type A personality, doesn't mean you can't have the same cleanliness and order that often accompanies the personality. There are plenty of simple tricks that can get you on the right path. Cleanliness Not many people in the world will say they enjoy cleaning. While it may be a sometimes daunting task, especially with kids and pets, staying on top of cleaning will reduce the overall load. Rather than allowing dirty dishes to pile around the sink, rinse them and immediately load them into the dishwasher. Handle cleaning one space at a time rather than falling victim to "cleaning ADHD" which can be distracting and lead you away from your original task. Keep your products to simple cleaners like vinegar, basic ...

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I generally try to keep my opinions to myself regarding major political and debatable topics I just don’t see the need to defend my opinions to others that may appose them. That being said I’m having a difficult time biting my tongue about climate change and global warming. Frankly it’s getting a little nerve wracking and as my son would say, “It’s Obvious” something is going on. If you don’t believe me check out the 33 Things to Eat, Drink, See and Do Before Climate Change Ruins Everything article on Medium. Photo credit: paraflyer

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We all do it,  read and laugh about  the Facebook posts on needing to break out the wine because of another snow day. I never really thought about how it would look to my daughter if she were reading my Facebook posts.  I think most of us use Facebook as a virtual venting session and continue to do so because you almost instantly get support from your friends. I don't use social networks as much as a used to but it's certainly helpful to think about what you kids may think if they read it. Thanks for sharing Justice Fergie. Learn more about the Talk Early Initiative.

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Time is flying here on the East Coast It's hard to believe we've already been here over a year On my walk to work today I started thinking about how things are so much different then LA and what we have learned on the way. Things I've learned in the last 15 months Customer Service does not mean the same thing to everyone everywhere Traffic circles are an unnecessary evil I now know what to wear when the temp is 6 degrees - and I also know I will never have enough to clothes to live anywhere when the temp drops into negative digits - which means I won't be moving to Chicago or Minnesota ever That whenever I make plans to make it to work early, public transportation (i.e. red line) will most likely foil my plan Side streets are the last ones to get plowed after a snow storm so avoid them especially if there ...

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Here's to Making 2014 Rock! Last year was good, but this year, 2014 we will make waves For the past year I've been bouncing around the idea of scrapping this blog. Last year's circumstances made it difficult to write, to create, and really enjoy living. Last year's circumstances kept me out of the house and away from my computer from 8am to 8pm. Last year's circumstances kept me so busy that my by the end of the day my creative energy was drained. But the GOOD thing about that is... IT WAS LAST YEAR! This year I'm going to try and re-ignite my creative energy and do the things I love best -- writing, creating and taking pictures. This year I'm simplifying everything, including this blog, to make thinks that much easier for myself. This year I even ditched my regular long list of New Year's Resolutions and decided I have 3 goals to ...

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I was in the grocery store the other day, and they were just beginning to stock their shelves with mountains upon mountains of Halloween decor. Halloween is nearly 2 months away! Well, if grocery stores are going to be throwing a ton of Halloween ideas and decor your away from now on, let's talk about 5 terrifyingly awesome Halloween parties you can start planning for before your favorite decorations are sold out and you're stuck making do with Thanksgiving decorations! Scary Story Contest I went to a Halloween party a few years ago with the kids, and this was one of the most creative and spooky ideas I've seen in years. Throw a scary story contest! Whoever tells the scariest story, wins! Now, you don't have to be a world-class storyteller with a wide array of folklore from distant parts of the world to participate - on the contrary, this was one of the ...

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Does the thought of moving out to a new house stress you out? If yes then you’re not alone. The whole moving experience can be confusing and make you feel overwhelmed. But it doesn’t really have to be that way. You just need to take out the time to get organized before your moving day. Organization isn’t just reserved for the essential areas of your home. It’s also important when moving to a new home so that you’re well prepared. This not only makes the process much smoother, but also gives you more room to think. So how do you go about preparing for the move? Here’s how: #1: Decide on the Mode of Transportation The first thing that you need to do is decide whether you would be taking care of the move yourself, or hire a professional moving company for the job. If you’re thinking of doing it yourself then ...

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