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Taking Time To See The Good September 04 2013

It's easy to get caught up in our daily routines-- everyone is in a hurry. For example, I wake up at 5am and I'm not home from work until 6pm. It's always a hurry-up-and-wait scenario. When you're tired and you just want to get back to your comfort zone, it's easy to feel a sense of entitlement, like everyone else is in your way, delaying you from doing what you want. Sitting in...

12 Things To Know Before Freshman Year of College July 16 2013

1. Leaving friends who are going to other schools is not easy. While it’s important to stay in touch with your high school friends, be open minded to getting to know your college peers.   2. Dorms are small. Very small. Make time for yourself, whether that means working on homework in a quiet coffee shop, going for a run or reading outside on campus. Even when the work-load starts...

Just Like My Father June 14 2013

I was not an easy kid; I know that very well.  My parents really had their work cut out for them, especially by the time I hit my teen years—attitude for days. My dad and I argued quite a bit, but only now do I understand that we argued because we’re so much alike. My dad gave me everything I needed and made me work for the things I wanted....

Parenting Lessons Learned and Advice to Consider May 29 2013

I am not a parent. While I may I have ideas about what kind of parent I’ll be someday, I know that I really can’t plan on being any kind of parent. As the saying goes, “There is no such thing as a perfect parent so just be a real one.”  With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, spring is a time to celebrate parents. The moms and dads behind Papersalt...

Lessons in Spring Cleaning April 17 2013

A couple of weekends ago, I decided to finally clean out my closet. This was, not at all, how I wanted to spend my weekend. Weekends are for relaxing and doing things you actually want to do. I suppose as you get older, some of that free time gets claimed by grown-up chores, like laundry and spring cleaning.  Organizing my closet is something I always dread and put off for...

Maintaining Good Habits During National Nutrition Month March 13 2013

March is National Nutrition Month!  Nutrition is something we should focus on year-round, but that's not news. There are plenty of excuses for not eating as well as we should, or not getting enough exercises, but there's also a long list of small things we can do that have a great lasting impact. I stumbled upon this article in Time Magazine last week: Health Tips From Some of the Fittest...

The Value of Real Face-Time February 20 2013

I have a horrible habit. I'm addicted to social media and technology of all kinds. The first thing I do when I get home, even before I've taken my shoes off, is open my laptop. Sometimes, an hour goes by and I realize I still have my coat on. Then I sit down to dinner and  my first urge is to upload a picture of the beautiful dinner my fiance prepared...

Trying New Things: Wisdom From My Father January 24 2013

Throughout high school, I didn't always agree with my dad, but I should have written down every piece of advice he gave me. That doesn't mean I needed to take every piece of advice, but the things you hear your parents say over and over again can always be saved for future consideration. I'm at the point where I'm willing to admit that my parents were right about most things...

The 18 Point iPhone Contract One Mom Wrote For Her Son January 08 2013

Mom-blogger, Janell Hofmann, gave her teenage son an iphone for Christmas, but the phone came with this contract:  1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren’t I the greatest? 2. I will always know the password. 3. If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if...

5 Steps for New Years Resolution Success January 02 2013

New years resolutions serve two very important purposes: they motivate us and provide us with positive change.  Some of my past new years resolutions have been to eat healthier, spend more time with my parents, spend less money on material things I don't need, etc. I can honestly say I did not accomplish a single one of these. Maybe I was on my very best behavior for the first couple...

Giving Memories for Christmas December 13 2012

Every Christmas, I used to get my grandmother the same gift. I'd find a nice frame, put my most recent school picture inside, wrap it up and put it under the tree. I'm sure she caught on to my plan by the 5th grade. Sure, it's nice to have one gift crossed off the list before holiday shopping even starts, but my favorite thing about giving photo gifts is always...

I Am Thankful November 13 2012

The older you get, the less you need a day to remind you to give thanks. I was always taught the value of the things I already had and perhaps that's something all kids need to learn. My family immigrated from Russia when I was three, going on four. I remember my eyes lighting up when I was given a banana. I'd never seen bananas before. It might seem silly...