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Tackling cabin fever like a pro, Katie makes her family's dreams come true.    My husband and I aren't big dreamers. We don't put a lot of the line to try and accomplish something, but we do always have a plan....
“You’re an English professor? Uh-oh. Don’t judge my text messages!”   It’s usually just a joke, but I know that it’s a joke that has at least a little bit of truth to it. The fact of the matter is that...
So the one thing that I’ve really learned during this pandemic is that I don’t have many hobbies. After teaching and “mom-ing," I’m usually too exhausted to even stay awake past 8 PM. Over the past year, though, I’ve...
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Meal Planning Made Easy

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Meal planning can make dinners joyful again. There was a time when I loved cooking meals— when I got excited about picking out recipes and trying new foods to make. I looked forward to making dinner at night or preparing...
Virtual celebrations are a COVID blessing, bringing many together during this time of isolation. This morning I attended the funeral of the mother of my good friend. It took place in New York. I did this without leaving my own...
Vanilla ice cream, vanilla candles, vanilla lotion, Vanilla Ice...no, I'm not reenacting the shrimp scene from Forrest Gump. So, stop, collaborate and listen because I'm about to blow your mind. Besides baking and creating delicious aromas, did you know...
A mom and her knitting needles come together during the pandemic.   Hello, my name is Angela, and I’m an un-crafty mom. My version of creating beautiful things has always been with words and writing. Making things? Not so much. I’d...
Learn to use your freezer wisely to prevent food waste.      The average American household wastes about 32 percent of food, costing almost $2,000 per year. Well, it’s a new year and a great time to start new habits. A wise...
Looking for British shows to binge? We've got you covered!   I finished basically all of American TV during COVID, so I've recently moved on to British TV, and I thought I would share some of my favorites with you! I...
My pandemic anxiety peaked around July. I could not deny that we would still be facing COVID-19 in the fall and needed to make difficult back-to-school decisions. This dilemma, coupled with months of political tension, violent protests, and an...

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Six Months in Wentzville | A Post-Move Reflection

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Wentzville: Six whole months have flown by since we moved cross-country to this quiet, bustling town west of St. Louis. Moving mid-pandemic was one...