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25 Small Acts Of Holiday Kindness

  There’s no time of year that fills my heart with joy quite like this time of year. The holiday season is truly magical, isn’t it? When you think about it, we hurry and scurry around for a good month or two, with one end game in mind: to bring SOMEONE ELSE joy. Wow. Every year I sit in awe of the kindness I see displayed around me, and every year I vow to take my own efforts to the next level. So I started making a list. To hit my list’s goal of 25 days (beginning Dec. 1, of course), I decided to keep…

5 Things To Know Before Becoming A Soccer Mom

  If you need me on any given day of the week, you can find me doing one of two things: shuttling kids all over mid-Maryland soccer fields, or cleaning up and preparing to shuttle kids all over mid-Maryland soccer fields. If you’d have told me years ago that I’d be the very cliché I spent my entire life running from, I’d have rolled my eyes and sent a few choice words your way.  And yet, here I am, fresh off of a tournament weekend with 10 years of soccer team experience behind me. My boys started soccer at the local YMCA when they…

An Adoption Story: The Rowleys

  If you were to see my family in a restaurant or out watching our kids play sports, it would be obvious to you that we are an adoptive family. And for some reason, because we are obviously a bit unique, people feel they they are allowed to ask questions about our family makeup or offer comments—not all of which I particularly want to answer or hear when I am out trying to maneuver around with six children! Sometimes these questions feel a bit intrusive, and cross the line between polite inquiry and mind-your-own-damn-business. “Are they really brothers and sisters?”…

  November is National Adoption Month, and in its honor I want to share a story with you. This is a special story, because it is MINE. You see, I’m an adopted child. It’s not something I talk about much. I’m a very private person and sharing my story is something I only do occasionally, with people I’m close to. Adopting a child can make a tremendous impact and alter someone’s life forever, which is why I’m choosing to share it publicly with you today. Sue’s Adoption Story I was born in Seoul, Korea. At the time of my birth, people of mixed…

6 Simple

  I’ve partnered with Violet® supplements to talk about breasts and how to keep them feeling their best! Breast health. Ideally it’s something you’re thinking about early on, after you finally fill out your grown-up-woman body, and start to realize that how you treat your body can affect how well your body acts and feels. And also notice that once a month, “the girls” kinda get achy and sore. But, let’s face it. Thinking about keeping the girls at their prime really doesn’t click until you start to notice things like sagging, tenderness each month, friends who go through scares…