Actual Distribution of Wealth in the U.S.- Rethinking Reality

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The top 1% possess 40% of the wealth in America. Did you know that? Check out this video on wealth distribution. It will shock you. I am completely for capitalism as there is an expectation of opportunity, but when the scales are tipped this far, is opportunity lost?

How to Start a Book Club

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Having recently moved to a new town, I didn’t exactly have a large circle of friends from which to draw for the creation of a book club, but decided to defy my normally introverted tendencies and just make it happen. I didn’t know exactly where or how to start, so I searched online a bit, asked around and then just dove in. Who: Ask around your current friend group to see who might be interested in a book club.  If {Read More}

My Little Pony Goes to New York City… And Hello Kitty Saves the Day

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In the midst of packing to leave town yesterday morning, I had an idea and grabbed a My Little Pony of my 4 yo’s thinking she’d get a kick out of seeing pictures of this toy on an adventure. I was actually quite pleased with myself for thinking of this as cutesy parenting ideas don’t generally come to me naturally. Starting out the journey in our driveway. At the airport.   Once through security, I reached into my purse to {Read More}

God Love a Husband Who Helps Take Care of the Kids and the House

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I am very lucky to have a husband who takes on an equal share of house, home and children. I think I would go completely ape poop crazy if he did not and am very appreciative of his parents for raising him the way they did. For a couple of weeks now, I have frequently worked 9 and 10 hour days, leaving him to drop the kids off at childcare as well as pick them up. I haven’t made dinner {Read More}

Disney Social Media Moms Like Me! They really like me!

Okay, maybe they don’t all know me yet, but I feel like they like me! I have been invited to the annual Disney Social Media Moms Conference and feel like I’ve been invited to the cool kids’ table in the school cafeteria. It’s “the most magical social media celebration of the year” because it’s held at Disney World, is invitation only and my family gets to join me. What could be better than that? I’ve very excited and appreciative of {Read More}

Facebook Ad Genius or How to Market a Message Like a Ninja

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In the recent Harvard Business Review article Advertisers Must Be Inventors, author Winston Binch discusses how marketers have to constantly be thinking of new ways to get in front of their target market. Television advertising isn’t a slam dunk the way it used to be as most people use DVRs to speed right through any messaging. Major magazines such as Newsweek and Smart Money have evolved to digital publication only. In the HBR article, Binch suggests prioritizing marketing efforts towards {Read More}

Accomplish Your Goals in the New Year

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Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? This year, I’ve decided to consider them goals instead of resolutions because my resolutions always seem to go by the wayside within nanoseconds. Goals, however, I am passionate about. I like to make them, strive towards them and, best of all, accomplish them. The past few years on our travel home from visiting family at Christmas, my husband and I have set goals for the upcoming year. It was during this conversation {Read More}

New ebook available! “To Elf or Not to Elf?”

To Elf or Not to Elf? How to Have a Christ-Focused Christmas Without Ruining the Fun or Lying to Your Kids Unless you’ve lived under a rock the past few years, it’s probably come to your attention that Elf on the Shelf is all the rage. Everyone’s doing it and taking pictures of their Elves and posting on Facebook. Kids are going to school talking about the unexpected places their elf showed up in the night. There are even blogs {Read More}

Dignity is a Renewable Resource

Buy Dignity is a Renewable Resource Who knew conquering skiing and ice skating could change a person’s life? Conquering might be a strong word, but Shanna’s life did change after making herself attempt such random, but foreign (to her) things. She spent a year pushing herself to do one new thing a month and gathered little balls of wisdom along the way. What was supposed to be a fun little project turned into a profound life-changing experience that opened Shanna’s {Read More}

Same View, Different Perspective

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(Written in June 2012) Four years ago around this time, I sat in this chair, gazed out this window at the same building with a newborn girl in my arms. The circumstances are all very similar, but everything about my outlook has changed. Four years ago I was rocking a child, healing from a c-section. While I fell madly in love with my baby, I felt like I was missing out. I had been making fast growth at work and {Read More}