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A 10 Minute Cardio Workout with Dove Deodorant

Motherhood is without a doubt the most joyful and challenging adventure I have been on yet.  It brings with it the highest of highs and lowest of lows and every emotion in between.  When Parker was first born, everything else sort of melted away and we spent the first two weeks in a total state of baby haze; sleeping, feeding her, feeding myself, repeat.  It was actually pretty amazing.  Then over the next few weeks, we began to venture out.  We ran simple errands to the grocery store together and joined a mommy and me group where we got …

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New Years Resolution #1: Read More Books

I have loved books for as long as I can remember. In elementary school I read the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder series on repeat until the pages were worn as thin as tissue. In the summers, when Aaron and I were first married, we would take 3 week long trips abroad and I would pack books by the armful to come along for the ride. As I finished them, I would leave them in my wake– on a stone wall along a canal in Bruges, at an outdoor table at a cafe in Paris, in the back seat pocket of a train in Italy. I hoped that they would find an …

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The Only Gift Guide You Will Need All Season

This is THE year.  The year that I get my holiday shopping done before December and don’t spend hours panicking last minute about what can still ship and make it here by Christmas.  As my gift to you, I’m posting all of our gift guides, right here, right now.  Because you know what’s better than posting nine different gift guides over the next five weeks?  Posting all nine of them in this one post where you can knock out your holiday shopping in one fell swoop or just refer back to this post as you need.  It’s so …

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What To Listen To Now // November

Well, hey there, friends!  Have we wished each other a happy November yet?  Things are ramping up over here for the final push before the holidays and it seems the first week of November is already coming to a close!  I hope amidst whatever your weekend plans hold, you find a little time to savor the goodness.  Whether it’s friends or family or this great cool weather we are experiencing here in LA, it’s nice to take a breath before another week commences.  With that in mind, our favorite musical mind, Matt Mugford, has put …

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