Heirloom Gifts: Frugal or Frivolous?

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If you give gifts around the holidays, you’re probably either deep in the throes of holiday shopping right now, or about to start. This time of year always leaves me feeling torn. I did several years of no gifting at all – just time spent with friends and family, making and eating great food and…

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Honor our Veterans: Let Shutterfly help you thank our troops!

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With all the chaos of Halloween, extreme weather on the east coast, and my little man’s birthday, November 11th nearly slipped my mind. What’s November 11th? It’s Veterans Day! Veterans Day has never meant more to me than it does now. My dad is a Vietnam vet, and in recent years he’s started to open…

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You're invited! Learn more about the new SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 from #GracoSafety

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BIG NEWS! I’m hosting, and you’re invited to join me! (Or one of the other hosts at select Babies R Us locations across the country!) What:  On October 20, an in-store V.I.P. event will be happening at Babies “R” Us to celebrate Graco’s brand NEW Snug Ride® Click Connect™ 40 the only rear-facing newborn to two-year…

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Non-traditional holiday cards: What do you send?

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My day job is in retails, so there is a lot of talk about holiday greetings this time of year. What exactly do we say to customers when they shop in our stores? The answer differs from company to company, but it is something I think about in my personal life, too. Because we have…

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Style the Look and WIN with Seraphine #Maternity!

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Are you ready to Style the Look with Seraphine? After my recent review of the maternity dress I received from Seraphine, I fell completely in love with their line of chic, comfortable, versatile maternity and nursing fashion. Well, it seems I’m not alone! The lovely Jessica Alba has been spotted making Seraphine a regular part…

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Halloween Costumes: Finding the right balance of "eco-" and easy

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I will admit that one of my struggles as a mom is never feeling like I’m as “Pinteresting” as I’d like to be. I always thought I’d be that mom…you know, the one who always made everything by hand, sending handmade goodies into school all the time, creating showstopping birthday cakes and stitching up totally…

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Choosing the Right Oracle Certification for You

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Don’t tell my boss, but I’ve got to admit that our new baby-to-be has me considering all my career options, especially the ones that allow me a little more mobility. But do I have what it takes to be a techie? ________________________________ If you’re considering Oracle certification, the first and most crucial step you must…

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No-Cook School Lunches (featuring Glad Food Storage)

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I know, I know. I have said it a million times: I don’t like plastic. When it comes to packing lunches, which I do every day, I much prefer to use glass or stainless steel. But a small wrench was thrown into the eco-works when my daycare provider told me she preferred we didn’t send…

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The not-so-cute and decidedly unfun side of pregnancy.

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Wow. What a week. Mind if I cry on your shoulder for a minute? We’re into the 14th week of this pregnancy now, and I was really hoping things would get a little easier in the 2nd trimester. It seems that may not be the case. The week started out with a 24-hour urine catch…

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