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PULSE :: Providing Village Ambulances to Remote Communities in Uganda

    Giving birth can be such an amazing experience but imagine if you were unable to have access to a hospital!  My pregnancy went really well (minus the 50 pounds I gained) and I had assumed my delivery would be without complications as well.  Boy, was I in for a surprise! In the summer of 2006 on July 28th  I was admitted into the hospital at 8:40 pm and within a half hour I was on the table having an emergency C-section due to a torn Placentia (how does that happened?). Yes, it was very dramatic and my little Kate had to … [Read More...]

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Finding Soul in New Zealand: An Interview with Julie Bartlett

    Six months ago my family and I embarked on an amazing 92-day journey to the beautiful country of New Zealand. I was personally ecstatic because this was my chance to be able to decompress and actually breathe, to take a break from the craziness that is involved with raising a family in a race to nowhere. Between volunteering at our children’s school, being a Girl Scout troop leader, and running a household of two girls, a busy father, and an aging dog amongst other things, I was ready to figure out how to unwind and … [Read More...]

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Here’s To All The Sensitive Types

Fear itself made her daring.    ~ Ovid   As far back as I can remember I have not been a fan of large crowds.  When I was younger I tended to have a few close friends and steered away from being in large group settings.  But in high school, I went go outside my comfort zone and tried out for the cheerleading squad.  But this was somehow different.  I was in front of people that I didn't really see.  The crowds were just a blur while I was having fun with my friends being a goofy kid! Flash forward through the years and I am seeing … [Read More...]

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The Importance of Community

  We have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. These sponsored posts help support the site, but all opinions are mine alone. #ASweetSale #CollectiveBias     It is hard to believe that we have lived in our neighborhood for almost 20 years now!  I moved here years ago and rented an apartment because my then-boyfriend (who is now my husband) told me he had friends who lived in the neighborhood and that they really liked the area.  Who knew that our … [Read More...]

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Health :: Finding the Fountain of Youth

  A few weeks back I was having lunch with a good friend and she was talking about how she was trying to get her son to drink less soda. He was having some health issues and I mentioned to her about a book that I was required to read in my Masters in Human Nutrition program called Your Body's Many Cries for Water, and suggested that he try to replace a soda a day with more water - replace one soda can with one more glass of water.  This really is one of the best health books you can read … [Read More...]

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Create an Art Journal

  I love how coloring is bringing so much joy to people. From children to grown ups. Everyone has the potential to be creative. To color is a stress reliever. You pick colors that make you happy and without thinking you just add color with markers or pencils or even paint to a picture that you like. Fun right? In my world I am always coloring and drawing. I cannot imagine a day without artmaking, a day without color. This is how I unwind and de-stress. I often end my day with drawing, … [Read More...]

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The Special Olympics World Games July 25-August 2

“[Eunice Kennedy Shriver] will be remembered ... as an extraordinary woman who, as much as anyone, taught our nation - and our world - that no physical or mental barrier can restrain the power of the human spirit. ”                             ~U.S. President Barack Obama  History of the Special Olympics: I am always amazing how it can take one person to care about a situation and how many lives they can affect when the go after creating good! It all began in the 1950s and early 1960s, when … [Read More...]

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Here’s To All The Sensitive Types

Fear itself made her daring.    ~ Ovid   As far back as I can remember I have not been a fan of large crowds.  When I was younger I tended to have a few close friends and steered away from being in large group settings.  But in high school, I went go outside my comfort zone and tried out for the cheerleading squad.  But this was somehow different.  I was in front of people that I didn't really see.  The crowds were just a blur while I was having fun with my friends being a goofy … [Read More...]

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Money Saving Tips for Family Trips

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Tips4Trips #CollectiveBias   One of the nice things about having one child is we don't have to worry about any sibling arguing.  Don't get me wrong, she has a couple close friends that she has grown up with that after  playing together for awhile you will hear some type of bickering and nit-picking.  But traveling with her can be challenging in it's own right … [Read More...]

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Movie Review :: All Creatures Big and Small

  This past weekend my family and I attended a screening of the new animated movie All Creatures Big & Small which recently debuted on Google Play and in select theaters. Based on the Noah’s Ark story, all the creatures of the world gather to board the great Ark before the flood arrives. This fun and imaginative story includes a few made-up creatures like the Nestrians. As the flood arrives two young animals are left behind and are forced to learn to work together to overcome the … [Read More...]

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Amazon’s “Capture Their Love of Reading” Kindle Giveaway

  Last year I had a chance to check out the new Kindle Fire HDX Tablet courtesy of Amazon and absolutely fell in love with it.  I use to be pretty adamant about only reading book books but after trying out the Kindle I liked the ease of which I can order a book immediately in the comfort of my home.  This has been really convenient when I am reading a series and can't wait to start the next book.  You know how that is when the author leaves you on a cliffhanger and you must start the new … [Read More...]

The Art of Simplicity – Life in Venice, Italy

Wouldn't it be nice to step back in time to when life was simple?  Where people would enjoy walking every evening to the main square and chatting with their neighbors and friends? Where moms and dads could relax at a cafe while their kids run and play away from their parents' gaze? Where teens could meet up all over town without worrying about a car, a bus, or the subway? Where local markets and shops sold freshly grown foods and handmade goods and strip malls didn't exist? Well, we don't … [Read More...]