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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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  • The Beauty of Fruits And Vegetables

    I'm guilty of not eating enough fruits and vegetables. I can still feel like a little kid..."ewww, corn". My favorite vegetable to this day is spinach. The only way my mom got me to eat it when I was younger was to put a little app...

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  • Mom I Love my Lunch?!

    My 3 year-old is a very picky eater but I try to keep giving her some variety as well as the food she loves, like mac n’ cheese. Here are just a few of the lunches I’ve made her in the past couple of weeks....

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  • Confessions

    Spanx, But No Spanx.

    For any woman who is larger than a size 6, there is most likely an outfit or dress that doesn’t display her figure as flatteringly as she would like. READ MORE

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    Am I A King, Mommy?

    Although I am only working part-time, my plate seems to be running over!

    My mother is staying in a convalescent center while recuperating from a broken femur, my son is still adjusting to the new school year, and I am learning the “ins and outs” of my new job in Kindergarten. At the time when I should be falling asleep, I make lists in my mind of all the things that should have been done. None of these tasks are as important as my son or my mother, but collectively…they weigh me down. READ MORE

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  • Lost and Found: The Spirit of Santa Claus

    Once upon a time, Santa, the man, was revered in my household. My oldest son absolutely loved him. When he was five, he told me he actually wanted to be Santa when he grew up. Our youngest son lit up like a string of LED lights each holiday...

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  • If An Adult Were Doing This, It Would Probably Be Illegal

    Watch as this baby performs death-defying stunts from the drivers seat!...

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  • Complaints
    Ashlen "the Kidspert" Sheaffer

    Dear Children On A Saturday Morning

    Dear Children on a Saturday Morning,

    I love you. I do truly love you with all of my heart. Just not at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning. I love my sleep then. READ MORE

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  • Hump Day Cocktail: Vanilla Spiced Pear

    Give me a P: P! Give me an E: E! Give me an A: A! Give me an R: R! WHAT DOES THAT SPELL? PEAR! YEAAAAAAHHHHHHH! (I was a cheerleader in my previous life – I make no apologies for that.) So, can you guess what our next cocktail will be? Th...

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  • Confessions

    Today I Judged Another Mother (But It Was Kinda Warranted)

    Today my mom went with me to take my two kids to a really cool local play studio that offers all sorts of tactile, sensory and natural play things like a tub of cornmeal with miniature tigers and scoops, homemade yummy smelling play-doh, huge building blocks and more. Pinterest basically went into this place and threw up, its great. My 2 and 3 year olds love it! READ MORE

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  • Warm Vanilla and Chocolate Salt Scrub & ‘Sugar Mama’ Lip Exfoliator

    I really love sugar scrubs but I recently tried a salt body scrub and loved it. You probably have the ingredients in your pantry right now so give it a try! I also made a lip exfoliator with honey and granulated sugar. If you’re vegan...

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  • Hanging Up The iPhone

    Knowing your gut and standing by it is the holy grail of parenthood. As a mom of two boys, twelve and eight, there are some circumstances where it’s easy to follow my gut: swimming lessons, completed homework, good manners. Other times I ...

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  • Confessions

    5 Things That Made Me Realize I Am Old

    I like to think of myself as young. I mean, I can rock out to rap music and I watch “The MTV.” I also know my way around the Internets and I know text lingo (lol, ttyl).

    I’m a pretty young and hip chick, although the fact that I refer to myself as a “hip chick” might actually disqualify me from being either one of those things.

    Although I’m forever young in my mind, I’ve recently realized maybe I’m not as young as I think I am. READ MORE

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    If this girl’s adorable laughter isn’t enough for you, just wait for what she says at the end!...

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  • The 5 Most Annoying Things About The Grocery Store

    Unfortunately, there are some unpleasant tasks that come with being a woman and grocery shopping is at the top of the list. It’s accompanied by waxing and listening to your 4th grader practice his recorder for three consecutive hours. I w...

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