Magic Cookie Bars

Inside an aged metal recipe box, tucked away between Aunt Frankie’s lasagna and Aunt Helen’s chicken pie rests a recipe for Magic Cookie Bars. As far back as I can remember, Magic Cookie Bars have been a part of my holiday baking traditions. These heavenly treats also...

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Getting out of the Boat: One Toe at a Time

For most people moving outside their comfort zone creates feelings of anxiety and produces a lot of questions. There are sound biological reasons for this. We are wired and programmed to choose safety. Do not beat yourself up too much, it is brain chemistry. If our...

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The One Where the Giver Learns to Receive

Funerals are always so sad to me, but not for the obvious reasons.  As I sit and listen to the caring acts or multiple ways that a person’s life has intersected with others, I always think how awesome it would have been for that person to know how others felt while...

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“What if I fail? Oh, my darling, but What if you fly?”

Life doesn’t always go as planned. Shocking as it may seem, I never saw myself becoming a mother. I just didn’t think I was “Mom” material. Moms seemed to be these incredible martyrs who always put their kids first and set aside their own needs and ambitions. I knew I...

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So this is love…

“So this is love…mmm…So this is love…so this is what makes life divine” sings Cinderella, extremely cheerfully.  The words to this song echoed through my head this week but not for the reason that you might think. While it was the week of Valentine’s Day, I have to...

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Which Mental Health Professional is Right for You?

There are many questions and much stigma that revolves around seeking mental health services whether it is for you or a member of your family. Of course, the greatest barrier to people reaching out for assistance is the cloud of stigma that surrounds mental health...

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Making SMART Resolutions

As the holiday glitter begins to settle, many of us turn our thoughts to what a new year will bring. I myself find a new planner with nothing but blank pages waiting to be filled to be as exhilarating as the smell of coffee and hot doughnuts at Krispy Kreme! I love...

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The Story Behind a Christmas Card Photo

It’s that time of the year that fires up the panic mode for most Mamas I know. Yes, it’s time to create the dreaded…I mean treasured… Christmas card.  For most of the young Moms out there they have been planning and staging this since last year’s cards went into the...

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