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Returning for Summer

I have 89 emails in my inbox. I should read them.  Or sort them.  Or something. I should be working.  Or keeping my kids from drowning our potted plants in their pool water. But I'm not. I haven't been here for about 3 months.  Three days after my last post, my oldest biological daughter's father passed away unexpectedly, and I didn't know how to deal with telling the world.  A wild mix of emotions was involved, including past hurts, what ifs, anger, some depression, grief.  You name it, I felt it.  Then dealing with his family--that was a whole issue…

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Blogs You Must Follow

So...I was actually going to post about Black History Month, which begins today.  But as I was doing some research, I realized that what I really wanted to do was going to be a bit more involved than what I had planned on.  So I had to come up with something else. Waaay back when I was in high school, I had a blog on Digital Expressions, where I was one of the top bloggers.  Of course, back then, I was just writing to write, I had more time, and I'm pretty sure "blogging" wasn't even a term yet. Skip…

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Rewarding Kids for Good Grades (Minus the Big Bucks)

Every three months during the school year, we come to this point where the kids bring home this piece of paper with cryptic marks on it hoping that maybe they'll get some reward for all of their hard work during the school year. And every time this happens, I sigh because I can't reward my kids with money. Let's face it: the economy stinks, and if you're used to rewarding your kids with money for good grades, you might just be breaking the bank nowadays. That's how it is. But this summer I came up with a reward system for…

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Finding Gifts for Toddler Boys

So a few weeks ago, I received an invitation to my nephew's 2nd birthday party. And as I was thinking about his upcoming birthday, I was reminded of a dilemma that I encounter annually: I don't know how to shop for boys! I first ran across this issue when we attended Tinkerbell's friend's first birthday party. We went the store all ready to shop, and that's when it hit me. After shopping for girls for so long...I haven't a clue how to shop for boys. Especially toddler boys. It has been recommended to me to look at sites like infantcore.com…

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