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Dear Depression,

Hello, Darkness. I can’t pinpoint exactly when you showed up, but I can sense your presence. My close friends and family have long suspected that it was you who was causing my emotional turmoil, but like anyone fighting against your grasp, I was slow to realize and admit. You drape blankets of fear and self-doubt […]

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Snapchat :: More Than Filters for Toddlers

Casual. Random. Spontaneous. Real. Unedited. Raw. Authentic. That’s the thing about Snapchat. When I asked a new group of friends if anyone used it, most said they thought it was just for exchanging nude photos. While I acknowledge that was a big part of the appeal when Snapchat was first released, now it’s evolved into […]

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Fall Trends We LOVE

Although we’re halfway though fall, it’s just now beginning to feel like it here in Memphis. FINALLY! Off-the-Shoulder Top Row: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4  Bottom Row: 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 Off-the-shoulder tops are sexy, fun, and totally on-trend this season! They’re not just for spring and summer; you can […]

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Fed is Best

What’s the first emotion that comes to mind when you think about breastfeeding? Joy? Pain? Anxiety? Inadequacy? Nostalgia? Breastfeeding can conjure so many emotions, especially when you’re postpartum, hormonal, and sleep deprived. I would venture to guess that many breastfeeding mothers have felt a wide array of those emotions, likely all at once. After my […]

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Swimsuits :: Conquering the Fear

Swimsuit shopping is arguably the most dreaded but necessary shopping trip to ever exist. Closely following is shopping for the perfect pair of jeans that hug your butt nicely and don’t give you a muffin top or camel toe… But, I digress. Shopping for swimsuits can be downright depressing– You stare into the mirror under […]

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Living On a Single Income

Money can be a sensitive topic, but in the interest of keeping it real around here, I’m going to break a few etiquette rules. We don’t have a lot of money. And that’s okay. I’m not here to brag, or even claim we have it all figured out. I’m here to offer advice and encouragement to […]

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Protecting the Spark

I don’t feel like anyone tells you about what happens to your marriage when kids come along. Most people’s advice is often centered around tips for taking care of your new baby but neglects to address how to take care of your marriage. So when I realized that our marriage had taken a backseat after […]

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Read Across America :: March 2, 2016

Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss’s birthday!) is Wednesday, March 2. When I was a kid, reading was my favorite thing to do. Sure, I enjoyed watching the enthralling 90s shows such as the Adventures of the Gummi Bears and Gullah Gullah Island, but lying in bed reading a book (or three) was my idea […]

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Spring 2016

Spring Fashion Inspiration

Spring is only a little over a month away, and this is the time of the year when I start craving fresh updates that I can mix into my winter wardrobe for a seamless seasonal transition. One of 2016’s colors of the year is rose quartz and I couldn’t be more excited about that! I […]

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Creating A More Organized Home

Disclaimer: I’m the last person that should be writing about organization. In fact, when I told my husband about this topic, he straight up laughed in my face. “Well, it will be a learning experience for everyone, then,” he said. Now, I don’t claim to be the most organized person. As a child, I was […]

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3 Maternity Pieces to Wear Right Now (even if you’re not pregnant!)

  You know how maternity clothes are known for being insanely comfortable? Like, I-feel-like-I’m-wearing-pajamas comfortable? The jeans with no buttons, the long sweaters, and the stretchy waistbands… That’s what dreams are made of. I’m probably just really weird. You’ll have to forgive me. I shamelessly support this method of extending your wardrobe a little and […]

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What I Do Does Not Define Who I Am

When I moved to Memphis 6 years ago, I knew one person and that was my then-boyfriend (now husband). Making friends as an adult can be difficult, especially if you’re like me and teetering on the edge of social awkwardness, but through getting involved in our community, I’ve met so many wonderful people that have […]

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