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How Do You Know You’re Done Having Kids?

I’ve had this conversation with so many of my friends: How did you know when you and your partner were done having kids? The short answer is that there is no good answer – it’s obviously an intensely personal decision and no one’s reasons will be exactly like yours. But in all the conversations I’ve […]

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Habit #4: Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan

Although the origin of the saying, Plan your work and work your plan” is unknown, we know it’s been around since the late 1800’s. More recently, Margaret Thatcher gave us her own version of this saying, “Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.” The words may vary slightly, but the […]

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10 House Hacks to Improve Your Life

When the air conditioner went out. When the basement flooded. When the floor needs to be mopped because someone walked through the mud (again). When I’m buried in dirty clothes. When we were infested by a plague of ladybugs. This is a very short list of the many, many times over the past decade or […]

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Five Important Habits of Successful Grant Writers – Habit #3 – Effectively Use Your Blueprint for Success

What do grant writers and general contractors have in common? No general contractor would begin a job without a detailed blueprint. Why? Because he/she wouldn’t have any idea what the client wanted the structure to look like without a blueprint. The same is true for grant writers. No grant writer can know what a funder […]

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Preparing for Traveling with Kids

Let’s get something out of the way immediately – traveling with kids is rarely relaxing. It can be a lot of work for parents to pack up their kids (especially little ones) and take them on a trip. Taking kids out of their routine and into new activities can lead to crabby kids and stressed […]

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Five Important Habits of Successful Grant Writers – Habit #2: Follow the Grant Writer’s #1 Rule

Some say that rules are made to be broken. I’m not one of those people. I blissfully confess. I’m a “rule-follower,” not a rule-breaker. Most of the time. (OK. I admit it. I have a slightly heavy foot when I’m driving and I often raise my voice—using words my grandchildren should never hear—when other drivers […]

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Help Your Child Develop a Positive Body Image

As a mom of a boy and a girl, I’ve started mentally preparing myself to talk to my daughter about her body image, having confidence in herself, and not letting society or boys or her friends dictate how she feels about her body. I’ve experienced how hard it is to be a woman, trying to […]

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Five Important Habits of Successful Grant Writers – Habit #1: Imitation

It’s said that the highest form of flattery is imitation. And it is. So, flatter successful grant writers by imitating their success! Successful grant writers consistently work on developing a wide grant writing skill set. The following five skills are definitely a part of any successful grant writer’s repertoire. If you want to become a […]

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Every Mom

As I type this, I’m looking at my floors and trying to remember the last time I used a mop (spoiler alert – I can’t remember). I see the bottle of water that’s been sitting on the end table for three days that probably won’t get put away until I do it. The dishes from […]

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Make School Lunches Easy, Healthy, and Delicious!

Nearly every Friday night my husband and I have some variation of this conversation: Me: What do you want for dinner? Husband: I don’t care. Me: Can you please just pick something? Husband: I really don’t care. Me: OMG I AM SO TIRED OF DECIDING WHAT FOUR PEOPLE AND A DOG ARE GOING TO EAT […]

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