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Taking Time To See The Good
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 ...
Just Like My Father
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 bi...
Parenting Lessons Learned and Advice to Consider
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 a...
Lessons in Spring Cleaning
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 sup...
Maintaining Good Habits During National Nutrition Month
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 ...
The Value of Real Face-Time
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 ...
Trying New Things: Wisdom From My Father
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 ...
5 Steps for New Years Resolution Success
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 tim...
Giving Memories for Christmas
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...
I Am Thankful
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 ...
Tips for a Safe Halloween
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. After my family moved to the United States when I was four, every year, my mom looked forward to helping me plan my costume. ...
Guest Blogger: Family Rituals
GUEST BLOGGER: Shawn Hull, Happiest Days Designs It’s September, and this time of year marks back to school. Summer’s lazy days have come to a close, and now is the time for rituals and struct...
Maybe I Was a Bully Too
As a girl in the 7th grade, I wanted what every other girl wanted-- to be popular. 7th grade was my year to make my comeback in the social spotlight, especially since my braces came off over summer...
How Two Award-Winning Authors Are Improving Literacy with Pen Pal Buddies
Did you have a pen pal growing up? Did you go on adventures through reading and writing? Two award-winning authors, Cameron Davison (Lil Boo) ...
Leadership: And Other Traits I Hope Are Hereditary
My younger brother turned seventeen in Alaska this summer. He and I – both barely of eligible age for the task – were hir...
Growing Up, Eating Right
Up until I was about fourteen, my immigrant grandmother lived with us. She made sure I was always well fed while my parents went to work. I wasn't a picky eater... unless it looked funny. Egg...
Advocating Bullying Awareness
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Fat Kid Rules The World- Interview with Julian Gavilanes
While the issue of bullying is nothing new, there has been a wonderful, overwhelming sweep of activism against bullying in movies and the news lately. I was personally never bullied. Maybe, o...
When To Get Angry
Forgive me, this blog post might be a bit scattered and may include a few sidetones. A quote I have grown quite fond of lately: A bad attitude is like a flat tire-- you can't get anywh...
Summer Boredom Busters
My summers were always spent working my part-time job or complaining about how I had absolutely nothing to do. It's quite a frustrating thought, actually, to spend september through june twiddling ...