One Crucial Way to Take Christmas to the Next Level

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Christmas Traditions for Family - How this one things will lead to a better Christmas Holiday - Real Christmas Tree

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. My husband and I celebrated eight years of marriage at the end of November. Over those eight years we created memories, children, and traditions. It's been super fun having our own simple everyday family traditions, as well as holiday traditions. Christmas is my husband's favorite holiday and he wants to go big every year. Because of his attitude toward Christmas and the joy it brings myself and my growing family, it has quickly become my favorite holiday as well, even more than Thanksgiving, my old favorite holiday. But, for eight years my ...

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The Best Things about Living in Texas Hill Country

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Mount Baldy Prayer Mountain

This post is sponsored by Ozarka Water. All opinions and love for Texas Hill Country are my own. When we looked into places we'd like to move for my PhD, we considered Colorado (my home state), Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan (as my wife is from the Midwest) and our far-fetched choice of Montana.  Texas wasn't even on my list. I held a lot of common misconceptions on the State of Texas, thanks mostly to the proud Texans I met during college, things like: “oh, it’s all dessert except along the Gulf Coast where it’s a billion degrees AND humid”; or “oh, Texas is full of cowboys, hicks, and rednecks and they all have the worst ...

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What Happens When a Stay at Home Mom Leaves for Two Days

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stay at home mom leaves

We have four kids. Four young kids: twin six year olds, a three year old, and an 11 month old. I stay at home with them and have since giving birth for the first time six years ago. My transition into this SAHM role wasn't easy on me. I went from full-time student to mother of twins overnight, and then moved across the country six weeks later to a place where I didn't know anyone with zero money to our name. I think describing it as "rough" is an understatement. But, now I'm six years into this parenting thing and stay at home mom thing. Long gone are my days of hatred toward this "job" title. I embrace it and love it, poopy ...

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Am I Becoming a True Texan? Our 10 New Favorite Texas Foods

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Am I becoming a True Texan?

When my husband and I were in college, we knew quite a few Texans, and it was apparent that they all had quite a lot of this thing called Texas Pride. And we both kinda thought it was a tad obnoxious. What was really so great about Texas? My husband swore off Texas as a place that he never wanted to live... and now here we are one and a half years into living in Texas. We moved to Texas for my husband to get his PhD. It was between Texas and Colorado, and, surprise of all surprises, we choose Texas over Colorado, a state we both loved since childhood. We chose Texas when neither of us had spent much time here before. My only ...

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