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Author Archive | Jeanne


Fasting from Laziness

For Christians like myself, the season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday. Lent is the season of prayer and penance. In the past, I have given up sweets, rice, chocolates, swearing, and frivolous spending at my local Walgreens. This year, I had considered fasting, but I love to eat. So, I thought long and hard, […]

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Every Day is Valentine’s Day

After Christmas and New Years, and dare I say, even before they end, Valentine’s Day promotions are everywhere: romantic dinner specials at local restaurants, (side note- Valentine’s Day is the worst day for dinner reservations) shopping sales at major department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom, and a plethora of cards, candy, and décor at Walgreens, […]

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International Travel with a Toddler

My family and I recently returned from our first international holiday together. We traveled to Germany for two weeks to spend Christmas and New Year’s with my parents. We took tons of photos, spent hours at the local Christmas markets, and ate all the local sweets we could stomach. Our daughter, Ilse, even experienced her […]

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Say “Yes” to You!

I recently read an article in the September issue of Good Housekeeping magazine about Shonda Rhimes and her new book “Year of Yes.” In the article, Shonda was interviewed about her book and what it means to “say yes.” As a fan of her writing on Scandal, I was intrigued by the notion of “saying […]

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30 Days of Thanks

2016 has been an year of evolution for me, both personally and professionally. I changed jobs. I cut my hair. I traveled nearly six times for work and fun. All of this with a child in my life. One year ago, Ilse was just beginning to eat solids and wear a single bow in her […]

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Fall Rituals

I love Fall. Ask anyone. As soon as September rolls around, I start humming Christmas songs and making my Thanksgiving menu.  I curse the last bit of Indian summer, because I just want to start wearing my sweaters and winter coats. The cold never bothers me; it motivates me. I get motivated by cold weather […]

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USA, New Jersey, Jersey City, baby girl laying (2-5 months) laying next to measuring tape

The Trouble with Milestones

Milestones. It’s word I’ve grown accustomed to since giving birth to my daughter, Ilse. According to Webster’s Dictionary, “milestones are actions or events marking a significant change in development.” Pregnancy had milestones; like the day we confirmed that we were having a baby, the beginning of each trimester, or the first craving (incidentally, I craved […]

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RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 29:  A scenic view of aircraft flying overhead photographed on November 29, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Traveling Parent

I travel for work a few times a year. Sometimes it’s for two days; sometimes a whole week.  Pre-baby, I packed my things the night before a flight and made sure milk and eggs were in the fridge, as my husband is quite self-sufficient. Now with a child in tow, I’ve had to reexamine how […]

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