Family Mottos and Traditions to Keep Us Close

Family Mottos and Traditions to Keep Us Close

I came from a big family and I have a big family.  My mom and dad had five children - I'm the youngest with two sisters and two brothers, the closest in age is 5 years older than me and the oldest is 20 years older.  Between my husband and I we have 7 children, ...

My Family Game Day Traditions

Family Game Day Traditions

I grew up in a family of 6 kids; 3 girls and 3 boys. We lived in a huge farm house and it was always filled with lots of loving and laughter. With 4 guys in the house, to say we watched a lot of football would be an understatement. My brothers and dad were ...

Ring in the New Year from the couch (with Domino’s)

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Since going out on New Year’s requires pants and might not include pizza, now you can ring in the New Year with Domino’s from the most exclusive spot in town – my couch. I have to confess to you that New Year's is kind of not a big deal for me.  I mean, yes, a fresh ...

Giving to others together with Caboodles

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The connection between mother and daughter is so special.  From the special moments and fond memories I have of time with my own mother to the moment I held my daughter in my arms for the first time, her first steps, her first day of school, and the days of first dances and dates that ...

Family Holiday Tradition: Memory Tablecloth

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I am a sappy, sentimental girl. I had cameos from both of my grandmothers on my wedding flowers, my sister Debbie's china, my mom's wedding ring, and on and on. I love traditions and history and family, and when I find things that combine these loves, I get, well, sappy and often teary eyed. I ...

Top Money Saving Tips For Families

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When I found out I was expecting my first baby, my husband and I sat down to talk about finances. I worked in an industry with long hours and minimal pay. We added up the costs of child care and work related expenses and deducted them from my take home pay. The end result was ...

I’m not doing ok today.

I can't "be ok" today. It's not happening. Grief is bubbling out of me like a fountain today and I cannot fight it.  It needs to flow. The reality that both my parents are gone is just overwhelming me. The reality and the pain. The heartbreak. It sucks. My dad died on April 12. I ...

Six Tips For Choosing A Hotel #ClubCarlsonAmbassador

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I was asked to participate in the #ClubCarlsonAmbassador, sponsored by Club Carlson. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. One of my favorite things to do in this world is travel. I love to see and experience different cultures, meet new people and try new cuisines. When I am planning a trip, ...

Six Best Windows Apps For Kids When Traveling

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During the school year, at times it feels as if I cannot catch my breath. We are super busy during the school year. My kids are in clubs and participate in after school activities. Add that to the normal load of homework, etc. and you have just about every night packed full. For many families, ...

What Does The Real American Worker Look Like To You?

The Real American Worker

When I think about what the American worker looks like to me, I think of my dad. My dad was about as blue collar as you can get, yet I thought he was a rock star. My dad was a bus driver for the Cleveland public transit system in Ohio. He wore this uniform that ...