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It’s Not About the Cookies: My Girl Scout’s (Mis)Adventure Selling Door to Door

When my six-year-old daughter bounded into the kitchen one bright, crisp January morning and announced that she wanted to go door to door to sell her Girl Scout cookies “TODAY!!” my heart skipped a beat. OK—it skipped several. Fine—who am I kidding? The truth is that the sensation I experienced upon hearing this news was […]

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Seven Tips for Dating a Single Mom

There’s a possibility I may be writing this from a place of bitterness. I think many of us become jaded at some point while bumbling through the dating world (online and off). As I’ve shared before, my first experience back in the land of dating a couple years ago was immediate rejection when my online […]

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Family Fun is Easy to Wrangle at the Rodeo

Horses, cattle, pigs, rides, food, fun, LEGOs, and butterflies…this year’s San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo has it all. Yes, I said butterflies—further proof that the annual showcase of all things cowboy and cowgirl has something for everyone. And it’s great family fun, even—or perhaps even better!—with kids in tow. We’ve been rodeo regulars since […]

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Alpine, TX: My Heaven on Earth

  Images: (1) My daughters and nephew horsing around in front of Twin Peaks, Alpine’s iconic mountains; (2) Luz and Paloma play tourist in front of one of the many beautiful murals in downtown Alpine, Texas; (3) Hiking Hancock Hill, behind Sul Ross State University. The relatively short hike leads to a 360-degree view that you […]

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All Forms of Love

Around the start of a new year, external forces tell, remind, inform, and educate us on how to transform into the best versions of ourselves. Advertisements for gym memberships don the billboards along the highways while radio commercials boast of the latest and greatest techniques that promise to erase those stretch marks for good (yeah, […]

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Mom Gets Schooled: Lessons I Learned When My Daughter Started Elementary School

My daughter started elementary school this fall, and it ushered a major season of change into my life. Gone forever are my leisurely mornings of 9:30 A.M. preschool drop-offs. Gone are my days of chatting with other moms and teachers at congenial 2:30 P.M. pick-ups. And gone are my “off days,” when the kids and […]

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The Mental Load of Motherhood

As most primary caregivers know, providing quality emotional support for kids is exhausting. We are tasked with teaching these future adults how to be productive members of humanity (aka: how NOT to be a-holes). It’s constant: “I see you’re upset that your sister chooses not to share right now. Instead of hitting her and screaming […]

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