Lessons
Bryanne E. Salazar

Dealing With Deployment: Dos and Don’ts

When I last wrote to you about my husband’s deployment, I was a sad sack of something.

There was a lot of crying and a disproportionate amount of eating ice cream (scratch that, it was Häagen Dazs Gelato, specifically their sea salt caramel gelato, which, in my book, is the frozen dairy nectar or the gods).

Now a month has passed and my outlook is a bit different, although I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t still sad at times, or that I kicked my therapeutic gelato habit (I haven’t). READ MORE

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  • It’s Just TOO Quiet

    Every parent looks forward to when their children go to bed and there’s “peace and quiet” restored to the house. This morning, I was abruptly woken at 5 a.m. by the sound of…..silence. Complete and deafening silence....

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  • A Bump In The road or The End Of A Marriage?

    My husband and I have been having problems for some time. At first it was mostly just those little things that only your partner can drive you crazy with. You know what I’m talking about. Then the distance that was created, grew into ...

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    This Baby’s First Crawl Shows The Importance Of A Supportive BFF

    Having a buddy is important! Luckily, this baby has an awesome best friend who is always going to be there for her. READ MORE

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    Roasted Brown Sugared Carrots

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner so I thought I’d share some of my favorite holiday recipes over the next couple weeks to help prepare you for the big feast. Thanksgiving should not be stressful, so I ‘ve created side...Read More
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  • Your Perfect Summer Cocktail Using Bombay Sapphire Gin

    How about taking a “shot” at making these drinks so you can put a twist on your summer cocktails?...

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  • Things That Are Not Okay

    Driving safely is a passion of mine. Car crashes are the #1 cause of death to young people yet for some reason we aren’t doing enough to change this or even talk about it. Every day around 110 Americans die in car crashes and most are...

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    Shower, Interrupted

    Sometimes I’m shocked and, to be honest, a bit fascinated by the amount of dirt and grime I’m willing to leave on my body and hair and still go out in public.

    Now, I haven’t always had such poor hygiene. At one time I too enjoyed daily showers. In fact, I can actually pinpoint the exact moment the upkeep of my personal appearance took a severe nosedive.

    Let me see….Oh yes, when I had children. READ MORE

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  • A Heartwarming Story About A Boy and His Dog (AKA I Can’t Stop Crying)

    Ladies and Gentlemen, get your tissues ready. ...

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  • WTF? – Kids And New Schools Responses

    Last week, Felicity Huffman asked how you handled sending your kids to a new school, and also how you prepared your kids for the transition! She shared a great piece of advice that she received from a preschool teacher who saw...

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  • Youngsters
    Shimi Kang

    Want Successful Kids? Teach Them Gratitude

    What are you grateful for today? This is the question I try to ask my three children before I tuck them into bed at night.

    When I was younger, my mother established the same bedtime routine. Some nights I was more grateful than others, but the question always challenged me to think deeply about the positive aspects of my life. As the youngest of five children in a “non-privileged” immigrant family, everything I owned was a hand-me-down, so I learned to be grateful for non-material other things: READ MORE

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  • Cows Are Not Scary!

    Kids are scared of a LOT of things. Bugs, snakes, vaccuums, windshield wipers… But this one might just be a first!...

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  • 30 Thoughts On Autism

    My son was diagnosed in April of 2014 with Autism. We already knew but now he is official, it’s like he got the Good Housekeeping Seal of Autism Approval. Yay us. Since coming out with our exciting diagnosis people have offered condolence...

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    The Stages Of Eating Ice Cream As Told By Babies

    We may be past the days of eating ice cream (sigh… we miss you, summer!) but at least we can live vicariously through these babies who are adorably experiencing every stage of ice cream consumption. READ MORE

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  • “What Not to Wear”- The Husband Edition

    Being empty-nesters, there’s often a lot of free time on the weekends. Sometimes my husband and I get a little lazy about doing anything that involves more than walking the dog, reading the paper or changing the channel, but every so ofte...

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  • You Know You’re An Adoptive Parent When…

    My brother is adopted. My nephew is adopted. Three of my cousins are adopted. It was a normal part of “how you got kids” when I was growing up. I got married at the tender age of 42 and the fertility ship had sailed. When the question o...

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