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National Arboretum offers all the beauty with fewer crowds

National Arboretum offers all the beauty with fewer crowds

For those of you who aren’t local, the DC cherry blossoms are more than a little bit of a “thing.” The trees in bloom are so famously beautiful that they inspire their own festival and a slew of spinoff events titled “Cherry Blossom ___________” every year. The festival is a huge tourist draw, and multitudes

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Smile Brilliant Review & #Giveaway ends 4/29

Smile Brilliant Review & #Giveaway ends 4/29

Ah, tax time. For some reason, every year around now I start really scrutinizing our household’s financial health and asking myself if I’m really making smart decisions. I don’t know about your insurance plan, but my dental insurance covers routine cleanings and most of any necessary dental work like fillings. For anything that is deemed

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We had a Kids' Cookie Baking Adventure Party, and you can too!

We had a Kids’ Cookie Baking Adventure Party, and you can too!

Thanks to the review copy I received from Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies, we embarked on a Cookie adventure with our friends! Baking is a fantastic way to introduce kids to the kitchen, because they are really interested in the results. (I mean… chocolate chip cookies! Who doesn’t want those?) Mimi’s Adventures in

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I seem to have the infamous Cobbler's Children.

I seem to have the infamous Cobbler’s Children.

Ever buy something that might or might not be a good product just so you won’t have to face the experience of shopping for it again? Yeah, that’s where we are.

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Introducing preschool? Plans at your fingertips! Enter by 4/21 @CHALKPreschool

Introducing preschool? Plans at your fingertips! Enter by 4/21 @CHALKPreschool

CHALK Preschool Online’scontent is professional, upbeat, and free of annoying voices and the nerve wracking, rage inducing, practically tuneless songs that some kids’ videos seem to think are required. (You all know the ones I’m talking about. The ones you want to kill with fire.)

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Teeth Fairies by Ingrid Bencosme Review & Giveaway ends 4/12

Teeth Fairies by Ingrid Bencosme Review & Giveaway ends 4/12

Part game, part family tradition, part incentive to brush their teeth, your kiddo is sure to love their teeth fairies doll and story no matter how and when you introduce her. (Both of my boys, 7.5 and 3.5, tried to make off with her while I was reading the story book to see what it’s

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Housewitch: A Novel by Katie Schickel review + #giveaway ends 3/28

Housewitch: A Novel by Katie Schickel review + #giveaway ends 3/28

Former foster child, now a stay-at-home mom of three, Allison Darling desperately wants to fit in with the latte drinking, hundred-dollar-yoga-pants wearing moms that run her charming seaside town, Monrovia. Constantly feeling like an outsider, Allison dreams of more for her children.
When Allison’s estranged mother passes away, her previously dormant special talents emerge. Soon she is reunited with the family that abandoned her and learns of their heartbreaking legacy.

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You could be the next athlete highlighted in #IPlayLikeAGirl

You could be the next athlete highlighted in #IPlayLikeAGirl

Use the hashtag #IPlayLikeAGirl to participate! I am so excited to see what some of you share! Creating a strong emotional connection with women and girls, #IPlayLikeAGirl is centered on a one-minute video that showcases sporty girls and young women practicing Yoga, running a mile, lifting weights, dancing and boxing among other physical activities. Condensed into thirty and fifteen second television and radio advertisements, their impactful messages will be seen and heard throughout all of the major broadcast outlets in the Dallas, Texas, region.

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Path in the Darkness Review (+ Firefly Clue giveaway, ends 3/29)

Path in the Darkness Review (+ Firefly Clue giveaway, ends 3/29)

Back in the beginning of February I reviewed  a science fiction novel for you called ‘Outsystem’ that I loved, loved, loved. I told you then I was going to rush right out and get the sequel and do little happy dances as soon as the children were in bed.   Well it turns out that

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Smoothie Recipe featuring @NielsenMassey vanilla

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Smoothie Recipe featuring @NielsenMassey vanilla

Spoiler: Does not contain cookie dough! So when your brain, which frankly doesn’t have to wear jeans and therefore doesn’t care whether they fit or not, will not shut up about wanting cookie dough, try feeding it this instead, and see if you can distract it long enough to make a salad sound like a good idea. (Ha ha. Just kidding, salad is good too…)

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Take a shortcut to a decadent dessert course and enjoy a #HoneyBakedEaster #sponsored

Take a shortcut to a decadent dessert course and enjoy a #HoneyBakedEaster #sponsored

When I was growing up, we joined my extended family out of state every year for a holiday celebration that included a leisurely, over the top feast that seemed impressive even when I didn’t understand the amount of work required to pull it off. I’ve already told you that one of my favorite ways to

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Texas K-9 Unit series: Smut free romance + giveaway ENDS 3/23

Texas K-9 Unit series: Smut free romance + giveaway ENDS 3/23

Harlequin’s Love Inspired books are a nice alternative for those people who want a sweet romance without all of the graphic sex scenes.  A steamy love scene can be fun, but it also has been known to let an author or two take the easy way out.  I always find these books to be a nice

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Leontyne Pryce, Voice of a Century

Leontyne Pryce, Voice of a Century

I confess, it has taken me a lot longer to do this review than I think it should have, because ever since my review copy arrived, I have been taking it out and looking at it, and then putting it away. It’s not that I didn’t love it more each time I looked at it.

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Give a humble onion a star makeover and push it to the center of the plate.

Give a humble onion a star makeover and push it to the center of the plate.

Hollowing an onion is not as hard as one might think, and these stuffed onions make what would otherwise be a plain-Jane casserole into a rock star entree that’s fancy enough for company, but easy enough for family dinners.

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Easy Lentil and Rice Pilaf - microwave OR slow cooker recipe

Easy Lentil and Rice Pilaf – microwave OR slow cooker recipe

I have always loved those rice pilaf mixes that come in a box. The ones with rice and pasta or rice and another grain, that come pre-seasoned. You know the ones! They are easy to make and they go well with lots of foods. Unfortunately, they tend to be really high in sodium, the price

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New slow cooker cookbook takes your crock beyond soups and stews (+ recipes for you to try!)

New slow cooker cookbook takes your crock beyond soups and stews (+ recipes for you to try!)

I have featured my bottom of the line, workhorse 4 quart slow cooker in my photos so often that I have occasionally thought maybe I should get a new one just so you guys would have something new to look at. I kept using it even after the original handle broke off- I just picked

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Please make a Kiva loan today for FREE and share one of Becky's Hugs.

Please make a Kiva loan today for FREE and share one of Becky’s Hugs.

All of us have had special people in our lives whom we lost too soon. Becky was one of those people for me. Valentine’s Day was her birthday, and it would really mean a lot to me if you’d spare a little time for this request from Becky’s Hugs, the organization founded by her family to spread love in her name. It’ll take you about two minutes, and it will make a real difference in the world… so please? It’ll make you feel good!
Free Hugs! In Becky’s Honor Joy Makin’ Mamas

My friends at Becky’s Hugs? would love it if you could commemorate Becky’s birthday today by making a Kiva? loan on their team. And Vita Coco is offering an opportunity for you to get $25 to loan for completing a short, three question survey on their site. (They do request a name and an email address.) So you can help move this project along by donating about 2 minutes of your time.

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Splash Math #Ad

Splash Math #Ad

Splash Math is an award winning math program for kids of ages 5-10 which can be used both at homes and in schools. Splash Math has benefited over 9 million kids and has been used in over 50,000 classrooms. Available on iPads, Android tablets and web, Splash Math works across multiple platforms and devices. Splash

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Free Printable Valentines 2015

Free Printable Valentines 2015

I adore printable valentines because I can print out as many as I need, and no more. What do you do with four unused valentines? I suppose I could save them in a safe place every year, and after five or six years I might have enough for a whole class from the extras from each box, but what would actually happen is that I would never find those at Valentine’s Day. I would find them every December 20th or so and think, “Oh, I should find the others and reunite them and then this year we can finally use these” until well past the time when I ever need them, and sooner or later you’ll have to call Hoarders to come in and dig me out from under a burden of clutter. No, thank you. I will just print the number I need. No fuss.

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Books on First: Outsystem by M D Cooper

Books on First: Outsystem by M D Cooper

      Words cannot describe how excited I am to review this month’s book, but I’m going to try my very best!  I thought I would mix it up a little bit and take a look at a science fiction novel.  I love a good romance to relax with because they are easy to

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LOCAL AUTHOR: White Night by Kathi Haacke Morehead

LOCAL AUTHOR: White Night by Kathi Haacke Morehead

Kathi is a Maryland writer and a mom. White Knight is her first novel, and although it is listed in Contemporary Romance, it has been described as inspirational/spiritual fiction. Some reviewers have reported that White Knight could be a hard read if you are currently going through the loss of a loved one, or that it could help you work through your own feelings. It might not be for you, and it sounds like it’s definitely not one to read in public- but check out the excerpt. See if it’s for you. If it’s not, and you know someone who might like it, pass it on!

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Yoga Pants: the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse

Yoga Pants: the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse

We are nothing without nostalgia, so let us return to the “good old days,” when women had three daily wardrobe changes mandated by etiquette, and we all wore so much polyester they had to add a setting for it to the clothes dryer.

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To everything, there is a season.

To everything, there is a season.

If a poorly thought out, sentimental post is not your bag today, please just scroll on, because my cat died. So carefully polished is out, sentimental is in. Now that I’ve thrown that spoiler out there, Let us hop in the Wayback Machine and go back to the olden days of the 1990s. (Forgive me

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Whiskey Witches Season 1: A Joy Makin' Mamas Review

Whiskey Witches Season 1: A Joy Makin’ Mamas Review

Detective Paige Whiskey comes from a long line of witches. They may not all be the most powerful, but they are outspoken and supportive of their community. She alone has no gifts. She can’t summon fire, can’t read minds. She knows the arcane. She’s studied it. That, along with her connection to the Whiskey Witches, lands her some pretty strange cases.

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