Year: 2016

7 Holiday Gift Ideas For Women

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Our annual round up of fabulous gift ideas is something we look forward to all year long. Perfect suggestions for all kinds of personalities and budgets, right here. 1. A gorgeous necklace stack from The Shine Project is understated and oh so pretty, with so many options–even charms and mantra rings. I love the “Sky” and “Nykelle.” On trend and sentimental, and purchases help put underprivileged students through college by employing them. Doing good is always good. 2. This champagne colored…
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Addressing My Christmas Cards While Snacking On A Satisfying Chocolate Snack

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Christmas cards can be a hassle sometimes, but I find myself sending them out every year like clockwork.  Is there anything better than getting handwritten addressed cards with smiling photos and happy wishes from friends and family?  I don’t think so. December is my favorite month of the year to open the mailbox, so I feel obligated to pass on the love I receive.  It’s like good karma, with pretty photos attached.  I just can’t quit. This year like years…
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How I Use And Love Google Home

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Google Home: how I use it, what I love about it, and why I’m completely obsessed. Have you heard of Google Home?  It’s okay if you haven’t, because it gives me a chance to talk about my obsession with it, and to share how I use it all day, every day.  We’ve become inseparable, my Google Home and I. So, let’s discuss. What is Google Home?  Well, it’s a smart speaker a with a built in assistant for your home….
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A New Way To Give Gifts For My Little Family


Holiday Gifts: let’s talk about another way to do this. This holiday season is a little different for us.  My kids are 12 and 17, definitely old enough to understand the conversation we had at dinner last night, wherein I outlined how our gift plans will be different this year. How as a family we’re going to focus on giving gifts instead of receiving them. Because our basic needs are met, we can help other families enjoy the same peace…
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Post Election Thoughts From A Foreign National

Post Election

Post-election thoughts. I know there’s been SO much out there about the recent U.S. elections. I don’t mean to add to the blah blah blah, but it’s like my brain won’t rest until it’s written. This is not a post expressing my like or dislike for either candidate. This is merely thoughts from a foreign national as I’ve observed this election from afar. I live in South Africa. Throughout this year, I’ve traveled to other countries. These musings come from…
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Beaded Candy Cane Ornaments

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The holidays are the perfect time to round up the kids for some fun arts and crafts. Some darling beaded candy cane ornaments are just the thing. My mother had one on our tree for ages, and it was one of my very favorites. She passed it along to me when I married, and now it hangs on my tree. I like this shiny little ornament so much that I made more of them with my boys when they were small.  Now, we have over…
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Finding Just the Right Car For My Family

the right car for my family

My family has been in need of a new car for awhile now, but I’ve been in denial. We have lived in and loved our car so well I’m genuinely having a hard time letting it go.  I talked about this a few weeks ago, this feeling of losing a family member who is a central character in our family history. Do you feel this way about your car, or have you ever?  I don’t want to say goodbye, I…
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Netflix Gilmore Girls Premiere – Behind The Scenes!

Gilmore Girls Premiere

Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life premiers on Netflix on November 25th, 2016, but my daughter Sofie and I saw the first episode, ‘Winter’ at the red carpet premiere in Los Angeles last week. I’m here to tell you what to be excited about in the first episode, (don’t worry, no spoilers!) and plenty of insider details for all you diehard Gilmore Girls lovers. And also to report I’ve never fan-girled so hard in my life. By the way,…
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Africa’s Not Sad, Y’all


Africa is a big continent. People talk about it like it’s one country, one place. It’s actually made up of 54 countries that are unique in their own ways. Today, though, I’m talking about it as one place, and I’m here to say, “Africa’s not sad, y’all.” I live in Southern Africa, and I’ve traveled to Northern and Eastern Africa. I still need to step foot in the Western and Central regions, but I don’t need to go there to…
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