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as the laundry rolls

Parenting through the smell of dead sewage

This is day 24 of 30-day blog challenge. Read day 23: “Learn these 3 things free online”   The smell started Thursday If anything has made me want to throw my hands and just give up on this 30-day blog challenge, it’s been today. Well, really it’s been the last 48 hours or so. Late … Continue reading »

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Will home-schooling breed hermits?

    This is day 20 of my 30-day blog challenge. Read day 19: “5 pet peeves of poor web design”     I’m going to categorize this blog “as the laundry rolls” and put it with my parenting tips and musings (from ground zero). I say “thoughts from ground zero” because I am a … Continue reading »

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Why bread, milk, eggs and snowstorms go together

Day 12 of 30-day blog challenge. Read day 11: “LinkedIn Open Networkers: marketing mistake”     I’ll consider today’s blog one about “parenting” as I try to organize this blog by category. We in the South–Georgia to be exact–are expecting snow for the second time this winter. Many schools, including Kennesaw State University, where I … Continue reading »

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Why we don’t even own a microwave

  This is day 3 of my 30-day blog challenge. Read day two, “Tips on starting a free blog”     My family doesn’t own a microwave And that’s okay. When we first married, my husband and I consolidated the contents of his 3-bedroom house and my stuff (that didn’t exactly fit neatly into a … Continue reading »

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The best toy for toddlers: not-so-pro parenting tip

    I’ll be honest (it’s quite stress-relieving); when the pregnancy results came in for my second child I immediately yearned for the day my two kids could play together. Only two years apart—by literally two days—I felt sure my kids would be destined to grow up playing with and perhaps tormenting each other.   … Continue reading »

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Feeding The Future or Feeding the Floor?

  For the last eight years, the African American Student Alliance has collaborated with several Kennesaw State University student organizations to raise funds for the “Feed the Future” initiative which provides food and other resources for students who are experiencing financial difficulty.     The event will be held in tandem with the Giving Feast … Continue reading »

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Heartbreaking moments on the home front

  I’m a well-meaning mother; most certainly not a perfect parent, but this is one of those blogs where I’m openly admitting my inexperience. I’ve labeled my Friday parenting blog “thoughts from ground zero” because that is the honest perspective from which I’m writing. I am not doling out advice here; I’m kinda begging for … Continue reading »

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Good parents control candy, set limits, lead by example

  As a relatively new parent, I think back to my childhood and try to decide what my parents did right and where I can improve, innovating my children’s lives if you will. My daughter didn’t have a single sweet until her first birthday. I remember nervously trying to take her cake from her because … Continue reading »

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The cost of a free vacation – traveling with toddlers

Price versus cost: a lesson in economics   When I first heard about the regional conference for the Society of Professional Journalists, of which I act as president for the Kennesaw State University chapter,  I felt excited and inspired to be one of the first chapter presidents to put for the extra effort to get … Continue reading »

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THE 5 things artists must make time for

I skipped a blog Friday because I celebrated my 35th birthday by interviewing for a job, working, spending the afternoon with my kids at the park and spending my evening on the couch with my husband. Admittedly, all my “downtime” involved responding to texts, emails and thinking about how I would meet my deadlines, but … Continue reading »

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