Also, Diane Davis Lang wrote a post that brings up an excellent opportunity to talk to your kids about how to treat others at school - and everywhere, in fact.
Here we go, 2015.
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Let's start with this funny from adriennehedger.com before we dive into deeper waters:
I know you don't want to hear "cherish every moment", but these posts will help you remember to stop and pay attention for a few minutes.
Mermaid Hair and Being a Grown-Up by Kim Bongiorno
Growing Pains by Allison Slater Tate
I'm Afraid I Wished it All Away at Mom Babble by Kelly Suellentrop
Discovering Gratitude by Amanda Magee. Follow her on Instagram for a daily dose of beautiful images and words together.
I love the foresight of this beautiful 18-year-old young woman in this post to her future daughter.
Brene Brown is a wonderful sorceress of emotions, and how to recognize and harness them. This post is so thought-provoking.
I could not live without my friends. This essay at Scary Mommy by Victoria Fedden sums up the beauty of friendships perfectly.
If you're looking for a fun way to get your kids to help out around the house, this is brilliant.
And one more funny illustration from Nicole Leigh Shaw at NickMom.
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If you know me, you know I love cars. Be on the lookout for my debut post at She Buys Cars with my review of the Tesla P85 very soon!
When I was getting ready to attend the Voice of the Year event at BlogHer this July, I went out to find a new dress. After visiting a few of my usual favorites (LOFT, Ann Taylor, White House Black Market) I wandered into Chico's, which was relatively unfamiliar to me. I had twenty minutes to pick out a few dresses, try them on, and go get my son from summer camp. The saleswoman was kind and helpful, and handed me a few dresses to try as I was wriggling into the ones I had picked out, and when I tried the long white dress she had chosen, it felt perfect.
On the awards night in New York City, I walked onto the stage with confidence, feeling great about my choice. My friends took a few photos of me with the placard listing my award-winning essay, and I shared them via Twitter and Instagram. A couple of weeks later, the director of PR for Chico's contacted me, and send me a lovely gift for wearing and publicizing their clothing at this event. I'm happy and thrilled to be an ambassador for good service and great clothing from Chico's!
A huge thank you to Heidi Gollub of the local site Free Fun in Austin, who partnered with Radisson Austin to secure a fabulous room for a girls' staycation weekend along with Nicole of LiveMom and my Listen To Your Mother co-producer Leigh Ann Torres. If you're thinking about visiting Austin, this is the perfect location to catch the trail, the sunset, the bats, and within walking distance of several different areas to hang out and eat (and by the way, the hotel's peach crumble pie is delicious). Our favorite was Frank, a hot dog and sausage place that had surprisingly fantastic salads and a giant pretzel that is bigger than your head.