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Introducing Diversity

Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to live where I do. Where all of the houses are similar. Mailboxes are perfectly positioned and sanctioned by the Home Owner’s Association. Lawns are manicured and pristine. And the kicker? The majority of people, for the most part, look exactly like me. I have developed beautiful […]

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Corned Beef and Cabbage: The St. Patrick’s Day Staple

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and it seems that most holidays are synonymous with food. Turkey dominates Thanksgiving, ham is usually served on Easter, and St. Patrick’s Day conjures up visions of deliciously seasoned corned beef and boiled cabbage. Some also equate “kegs and eggs” with St. Patrick’s Day fare, especially if you are […]

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The Underachiever’s Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, people seem to fall into three camps. There are the revelers who have March 17 circled in bold green on their calendar. They get dressed head to toe in green, eat ONLY bangers and mash, and even do some kind of intricate and magical craft for their kids […]

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like (I Hate) Christmas

There. I said it. I hate Christmas. I’m a monster. (Momster?) My disdain for this upcoming season has been growing exponentially over recent years. I used to love it. I loved the music, the decorations, the parties, the family togetherness. Or rather, I think I loved my expectations of all these things.  Christmas now just […]

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Tips for “Kid Sharing” During the Holidays

My daughter’s father and I aren’t together and we haven’t been since before she was two. It’s taken years of negotiation, compromise, and fighting to get to where we are today, but we’ve made it. However, despite the fact that a general ease of sharing her has set it, it doesn’t make it any easier […]

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How To Host ‘Turkey Day’ If You Have A Guest Who Doesn’t Eat Meat {Recipe Links Included}

This post is part of a sponsored relationship with Whole Foods Market. However, we would not partner with a business we did not feel brought value to our readers.Do you have a vegan or vegetarian person joining you at your Thanksgiving feast? If you don’t practice these diets yourself, you may be left wondering what […]

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Easter Brunch: Food, Festivities & Savings at Whole Foods Market

The Easter countdown is on – so, when Whole Foods Market invited me to get a sneak peek of all things Easter – I put on my bunny ears and hopped right over! I started my journey at the entrance furthest from the bar (rookie mistake – one of the coolest things about Whole Foods […]

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March Dayton Dozen

1.) I Can Cook Youth Series at Gerhardt Civic Center – Moraine, OH ***DMB Tip –You don’t need to preregister – just pop in as you are out and about!  March 1st; 5-6:30pm Drop-in cooking class for ages 6-10 Participants will be able to experience new foods and techniques while becoming confident in the kitchen.  […]

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Holiday Baby Series: Part 2 – Conquering the Holi-Birthday {Practical Tips Toward Sanity}

It’s me again. The advocate for all holiday-baby-mamas everywhere! Keep in mind friends, whether your baby is competing with Santa Claus, trick-or-treaters, Black Friday deals, reservations at restaurants on Valentine’s day, or fireworks; there are a few simple ways to make their birthday a special one. Join me for three practical suggestions from this mama, […]

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Keeping Culture Close

CULTURE : noun the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group. Many of us identify with the specifics of culture in different ways. There is no right or wrong way, and there is no hard and fast definition as to what, who, and why you identify with […]

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November Dayton Dozen

November is here! November is here!  This is absolutely my favorite time of year!  Bonfires, crisp nights & mornings, reflection on the year…THANKSGIVING!  The Dayton Dozen will focus on all those being thankful & Thanksgiving-ish events in the month of November!  1.Helping Hands of Dayton Charity Auction – Vandalia ***DMB Tip – This is actually […]

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The Storybook Challenge for Parents

How many of us have children that we struggle to connect with? Whether they’re 2, 3, 5, 10, or 17, there are times when we just aren’t sure what to say. We aren’t sure how to have a conversation with someone who, while we know them so well, we may not totally understand. I have […]

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