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Parents establish cleanliness habits from a young age. We teach our kids to take a bath, wash their hair, brush their teeth, and how to take care of their toileting needs because we know that establishing these habits young will make them routine as they grow older. Chores, however, are not as cut-and-dry. At what age should they be required, and what is appropriate for younger kids? I’ve had lots of people ask me about how chores work in my family, so I thought I’d share my breakdown with you.
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Massage Wisdom (Part 2 of 2)

July 12, 2013

On Tuesday I shared the wisdom given to me by an amazing masseuse. Based on his insight and my personal experience, I’ve been brainstorming what we, as women, can do to help ourselves move forward from our stress spiral. What I have put together is a rather simple idea, and I’d love your feedback. Tweet

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Massage Wisdom (Part 1 of 2)

July 9, 2013

Tuesday night I treated myself to a much-needed massage. Between three kids, a full-time writing career, normal household necessities, and a husband who is prepping for another week awake… my stress level frequently gets out of control just like everyone else’s. What I received from this masseuse was way beyond tension release. Thirteen years of […]

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Time Management for Dummies: Oh Crap! Stash

June 4, 2013
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“Mom! I’ve gotta have X tomorrow. Did I tell you that?” Hearing those words at 10:00 PM is frustrating. Whether it is a jump rope, a box of crayons, a folder, or a gift; I have totally been there. The truth is that when you have kids, some of those last-minute requests are inevitable. While […]

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Character building

May 24, 2013
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I am often asked where I get the ideas for my stories. I’m a visual person. When I’m working on a novel or short story, I like to make a collage to keep me connected. I need to see the story before I can write it. For me, that means keeping an ongoing world of […]

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Time management for dummies: Errands and family to-dos

May 21, 2013
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Toilet paper. Milk. Laundry detergent. Bread. Dry cleaning. Bank deposit. Every week the to-dos and errands seem to grow. In this installment of Time Management for Dummies, I’ll look at how I schedule my week to account for time spent on errands and family to-dos. The next two parts in the series will focus on […]

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Time management for dummies: Tackling chores

May 14, 2013
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The question most frequently asked of me is how I get everything done. Between being a mom to three young kids, maintaining a happy marriage to a traveling spouse, writing a novel, keeping up with my freelance writing career, serving on the Dallas board of the International Dyslexia Association, being a room mom, volunteering in […]

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