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Happy Friday + Fave Links

Do you have weekend plans?  I have been thinking a lot about hosting and parties lately.  I can probably trace the source to the book I’m currently reading and my thought processes about what we should do for new years eve a few weeks ago.  I’ve grown up hearing stories about the lavish parties my grandparents would throw in the seventies where everyone would end up fully clothed in the pool by the end of the night.  The more we progress in gene research, the more we learn just how much is hereditary and I wouldn’t count …

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Spend Money to Save Time or Spend Time to Save Money?

I was at a birthday lunch last week with nine other women– all of them moms.  The conversation started, as conversations between moms often do, with childcare– preschool hours, the recent school closures for ice, elementary school carpools, nannies, and the like.  Then something else came up.  People began discussing other things they were considering hiring like someone to help with meal prep, someone to run weekend errands, a housekeeper to come more frequently.  It’s something I’ve been thinking about since.  …

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5 Ways to Jumpstart your Healing and Move on After a Break Up

(This post, 5 Ways to Jumpstart your Healing and Move on After a Break Up’ is written by our dear friend and resident photographer Katie Jameson.  After walking through this break up with her, and experiencing how gracefully and intentionally she handled such a painful experience, I knew she had to share it.  If you know anyone going through this right now, maybe just pop it in their inbox– a gift from you to them.) Surely, this is just a really bad dream, right? Was our relationship not worth fighting for? Was I not worth …

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A New Year, A Clean Slate || 2018

Happy New Year, friends.  How are you this morning? Sleepy-eyed wishing for a little more shut eye? Alert and energized by this first day of the new year?  I’m somewhere in between this morning.  Our part-time nanny begins tomorrow and it’s both exciting to know that there will be time for all of the projects I am dreaming about for 2018 and a relief to know that I will have time to let my words spill out on a digital page without wondering if the baby monitor will soon light up from the sounds of a baby whose nap is now …

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