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7 Things To Remember When Planning a Road Trip

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It’s not so easy to jump on a plane these days since the rise of COVID-19. Many people are reluctant to step foot on a plane, but driving has become the new favorite means to travel lately. If you’re planning on taking the family away for a well-deserved break away from home, or perhaps you’re planning a solo road trip, you might be wondering how you can make it go as smoothly as possible - especially if you’ve never driven like this before. Check out these things to remember when planning a road trip so you don’t accidentally forget anything important!
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The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. The ten greatest films of all time according to 358 filmmakers via Open Culture.

2. The most and least effective face masks for COVID-19 via Prevention.

3. The trendiest hairstyle the year you graduated from high school via MSN.
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3 Things To Know Before You Borrow Money

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In difficult financial times such as the ones we are currently living in, borrowing money is considered a normal part and often a necessary part of managing your finances. We all take out loans and credit cards, often without really thinking about it. It’s so easy to get into a lot of debt, and people tend to get into financial trouble when they start borrowing without understanding exactly how debt works and how it can affect them. Educating yourself is the best way to avoid getting yourself into trouble, and these are some of the most important things to understand before borrowing money.
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5 Fab Finds Under $50


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The summer sales are in full swing! But to get the most bang for your buck, you'll want to shop them now so that you'll have a chance to wear what you buy. Sure, you can save it until next summer, but by then, the novelty will have worn off, and what fun is that?

I've scoured a few of the sales, and here are 5 fab finds under $50 worth scooping up now.
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8 Tips For Preparing And Caring For A Baby As A Working Mom


Motherhood is never an easy journey. And although there are various tips to help lessen the burden, there is still a substantial amount of work that comes with such a big responsibility. However, the burden is easily doubled when it comes to working mothers. There are countless success stories from which working mothers or expectant working mothers can draw some encouragement. With proper preparation and lots of patience, you will be able to ride the storm and enjoy all the positives that come with motherhood and having a career. Hopefully, the following tips will help to take away some of the stress that this important chapter in life brings.
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How To Keep Your Home Pest-Free

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We've had a pesky, yet albeit inconsistent, ant problem for years. They pop up when we least expect them and during times of the year when ants generally shouldn't be invading our home. We've found them everywhere from the kitchen to the bathroom to the master bedroom and places in between.

We've sprayed, placed traps, sprinkled Borax, and tried every other trick in the book. But time and time again, the ants return and are worse than they were before. If you've ever had an ant issue, you know that they are persistent. They don't tire or surrender easily, and often "over the counter" tactics just aren't effective. We had finally had enough when I was in bed reading to find one crawling across my hand. Yuck! Time to call in the pros!

We finally gave up trying to rectify the problem on our own and went in search of a professional pest control service that could help us with this problem once and for all. After much research online and chatting with friends and neighbors in search of recommendations, we discovered that Surf Termite & Pest Control, a local, Jersey-shore based service in Neptune, NJ would be our best bet for successfully helping rid us of our irksome little ant friends.
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5 Fab Finds Under $50

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This week's fab finds under $50 are a sort of celebration of summer. Each item has a nautical touch that fits right in with boats and the beach. So, whether you plan to spend time on a boat, at the beach, or anywhere you might find yourself basking in the beauty of summer, grab one or all of these fab finds to help you celebrate an endless summer.
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Tips For Managing Your Time And Your Family

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During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we are all being pulled in many directions while trying to balance work, family, and self while being at home. Busy is not the word to describe the sensation of sheer mental overload that many of us are experiencing. The only way to make things work is by learning some helpful tips and tricks that can turn you into a time management ninja. You'll be amazed by what you can achieve in a few minutes with some practice. Here are a few of the tips I've learned over the past several months that have helped me maintain balance and keep me from feeling completely overwhelmed.
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The Books I Read In June


June was a really good month for books. I read 4 books in total, and all of them were top notch. It's amazing how fast I read when I really enjoy a book. I'm struggling a bit right now since I just finished Elin Hilderbrand's latest release, 28 Summers, and OMG! It was sooooo good that any book I pick up just doesn't compare. So I am in a bit of a reading rut right now. I have about 4 books going, and I just can't keep on task with any one of them. I've been switching back and forth and that is not conducive to reading retention or to finishing a book. I am still ahead of schedule to finish 40 books this year, so at least theres' that.

Here are the books I read in June.
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5 Fab Finds Under $50

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There's certainly no shortage of fab finds under $50, and this week, I accidentally happened upon five with a beachy kind of theme. So many retailers slashing prices on summer clothes to make room for fall inventory, so there are lots of deals to be had online and in stores. I've handpicked five favorites this week that scream summer!
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Weekend Dispatch


It's something like week 1,647 of quarantine, and it's really starting to suck all my mojo out of me. Today was one of those days where I just couldn't seem to get and stay on track. I felt off all day long, and eventually just gave in to the feeling and went with it. I was dressed to work out but that never happened. I didn't feel like making decisions about food, so I barely ate all day. I didn't drink enough water and decided to try to play catch up a few hours before going to bed (not one of my better decisions). But tomorrow is another day and hopefully a better one.

Here's what I've been up to lately and what I have planned for the weekend:
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How To Create The Perfect Outdoor Living Space This Summer


Summer is here and for most of us that means we'll be enjoying more time outdoors in our yards, on our patios, or on our decks. No matter where you live, you can enjoy a beautiful outdoor space all year round with a few well-placed plants, ambient lighting, comfortable furniture, and miscellaneous outdoor items. Creating the perfect outdoor living area not only gives you a place to retire to after an exhausting day, it also expands your overall living space, even if only for a few months of the year.

From plants to heating elements to lighting to furniture, you want to be sure every detail is considered. This is a place you'll be spending time in as well as entertaining in. So, you'll want it to reflect your personal style as well as be inviting and comfortable for you and your guests. The smallest details from pillows to plants shouldn't be overlooked.

Here are several ideas on how to spice up your yard into a place you will love spending time.
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5 Fab Finds Under $50


There's certainly no shortage of fab finds under $50. With so many retailers slashing prices on summer clothes and accessories, there are lots of deals to be had online and in stores if they are open in your area. I've handpicked five favorites this week that you can wear now and well into fall to get the most bang for your buck.
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Red, White, and Blue Desserts


I love the Fourth of July holiday. There's just something about it. A palpable feeling in the air that summer has officially arrived and is here to stay, at least for a little while. This year out July 4th festivities will look a little differently than they have in the past, but they will definitely be about great food, including festive desserts.

Today, I'm sharing a few of my favorite (and easy) red, white, and blue desserts to celebrate the holiday.
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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. How to style your coffee table and bookshelves like a pro via Coveteur.

2. Ways to implement CBD into your daily routine via The Chalkboard.

3. Finally a face mask designed for working out via Bustle.
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The Books I Read In May


May kicked off the unofficial start to summer reading season. I have a pretty ambitious summer reading list which I'll share later this week, but for now, we'll just have to chat about the three books I read last month. I tend to get stuck in a particular genre of books (I'm looking at you chick lit and psychological thrillers), but I am trying to break out of the pattern and read a variety of different types from non-fiction (biographies, true crime) to classic literature (Pride and Prejudice). I've included a wide variety on my summer reading list, and I can't wait to share it with you. For now, here are the books I read in May.
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How To Create The Perfect Home Office


When the COVID-19 quarantine was handed down, many people found themselves in a situation where they were required to continue working...but they had to do it from their homes. Now that many countries are slowly opening up using a multi-phase approach, many employers are giving employees the option to permanently telecommute. For many, permanently working from home is attractive as it allows for greater flexibility to tend to your family as well as provide for them.

I've been telecommuting for eight years, and although I love the freedom and flexibility, it's not without its challenges. Here are three things that have helped me to effectively work from home, avoid distractions, and do my job successfully.
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What We're Reading


This week I've taken a step back from the blog and social media to listen, learn, reflect, and take in all that is going on in this country with civil rights and racial relations. These issues have a long history in this country. And while I know a lot more now than I did even a week ago, I still have a lot to learn. One of the ways I am empowering myself to become better educated as well as support BIPOC is through books. I'm using my love of reading as a mechanism to become anti-racist and to support Black authors.

Here are the books we are currently reading in light of the current state of events:
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Where To Buy Gifts Online


For most of us, the lockdown is still in full swing, which means stores, malls, and boutiques are closed to keep us safe and to limit the spread of COVID-19. However, summer is a busy gift-giving time of the year with college, high school, and middle school graduations, Father's Day, and birthdays. Just because stores are closed doesn't mean you can't shop. There are plenty of opportunities to purchase the perfect gift online. You just have to know where to look.

Whether you are buying from brands directly, online retailers and shops, local shops that offer e-commerce, or online catalogues, you'll find an array of gift options online to fit any budget or occasion. Online shopping has become incredibly popular within the last few years and especially so within the last few months.
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Getting a Mortgage in Your 40s: What To Know

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By the time many of us reach our 40s, we get the impression that we should be feeling and acting… well, older. Even though many of us have kids, we still feel much the same way as we did in our 20s. And our lives tend to be a little less financially ordered than perhaps our parents were at the same age. But fear not! That doesn’t mean that we're financially irresponsible. It’s simply that times have changed. When our parents were younger, mortgages were easier to come by and property prices were infinitely more affordable.

There was a time when even those with a modest income were able to own their own homes. But times have changed, and soaring property values combined with lenders being a lot more cautious after the financial crash of 2007-2008, many GenXers and older millennials have rented their entire lives. And this has had a knock-on effect on all of their finances. Since rent repayments are typically higher than mortgage repayments, many people in their 40s find it difficult to budget and save.
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Best Online Reads



This week's favorite stories from around the web focus on educating ourselves about racial injustices and how to take the first steps to create equality for all.

1. How white parents can talk to their kids about race via Huffington Post.


3. How to safely protest amid the pandemic via MindBodyGreen.
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Tips For Hosting a Fundraiser



Every fall, my family and friends gather to participate in the JDRF OneWalk to support type 1 diabetes. My youngest daughter Harper was diagnosed with type 1 in February 2014, and we've been walking as a team since October 2014. JDRF is a cause that we hold close and dear to our hearts. Sometimes, it can feel difficult to know how to support causes that you’re not directly involved in. But there’s always a way to help and often that can involve raising money or funds of some sort.

The charity, cause or other good movement that you donate to will be able to use donated cash to achieve their goals - no matter what they are. It could go towards research, raising awareness, or anything else that will help. While donating directly is great, you can actually raise more money by having a fundraiser. This, of course, will require a fair amount of work and effort. But all in all, it’s worth it when you see the difference the proceeds make! Here are a few suggestions that will help you to set up your own fundraiser and get started in the right direction!

Decide On a Charity or Cause
First, you need to settle on what kind of fundraiser you’re going to hold. What charity or cause do you want to support? Will it be something local? Perhaps a local school needs new resources. A local dogs home might need new kennels. Will it be something more global? A charity to raise awareness and tackle social injustices around the world. A climate change cause. The options are endless. But if you choose one that you are passionate about, you will in turn be more passionate about raising money to support the cause.

Decide on Your Fundraising Event
Next, you need to decide what kind of event you’re going to hold. There are so many different ideas out there. It doesn’t have to be something completely innovative. The classic fundraising ideas work well! You could host a fair with games, Jumping Castle Rental, BBQs, and competitions. You could hold a music event with bands and DJs playing. Often bands and DJs are willing to give you a discount since it's for a charity event. Be sure to inquire. You could even do a charity auction. The list goes on.

Secure a Location
Once you’ve decided what you want to do, you need to secure a venue or location where you can host the event. Consider how many people will be in attendance and ensure that your venue can accommodate them. Consider ease to get to the location - easy to reach places will have a higher attendance rate than remote and difficult to access locations. Make it affordable or ask the owner whether they’d let you use the venue for free because the event is for charity.

Collaborate with Brands and Companies
A lot of brands and companies will sponsor a charity event and match donations raised or offer a lump sum donation. Your workplace may do something similar! This can really help to boost proceeds and help the charity or good cause you’re supporting even more!
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Where I Stand


The events of the past week have been nothing short of disturbing, horrifying, and eye opening. These events are nothing new in this country nor are they isolated incidents. This has happened over and over again and will continue to happen until we take action.

I am acutely aware of my white privilege. I understand how my skin color, geographic location, and socio-economic status contribute to that privilege. But I am waking up to the world around me. I want to do better. I want my children to do better. The best thing I can do right now as a mother is teach my daughters about racial injustices and to raise them to be intolerant of it and to empathize with those who experience it.
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Best Online Reads


1. How early do you really need to get to the airport for your flight via The Discoverer.

2. Why you have vivid dreams during quarantine via Woman's Day.

3. DIY spa face masks that are super easy to make at home via Bustle.
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Playing Favorites

Playing Favorites is a monthly series where I share my latest obsessions, favorite finds, and any kind of entertainment (books, movies, TV, podcasts, and magazines) that I am loving. Here's what I am loving this month.


1. Hü Chocolate Bars - I've been on a quest to find the perfect clean chocolate. Over the course of a few months, I've been trying several brands to find one that tastes as good as conventional chocolate. Finally, after splurging on Hü at Whole Foods (it costs $7 per bar), I had finally found my favorite clean chocolate. Hü is worth every cent. Because it's good chocolate, you're not tempted to scarf down the whole bar in one sitting. One square of chocolate is enough, so the bar lasts for a few days. Bonus: it's available in a variety of delicious flavors with all natural flavorings such as orange and vanilla.
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The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Should you wear a mask when exercising outdoors via The Wall Street Journal.

2. The surprising feature home buyers are prioritizing right now.

3. How to create a simplified bar cart via Cupcakes and Cashmere.
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Weekend Dispatch


It's hard to believe this coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend. It hardly feels like it. In the weeks leading up to Memorial Day weekend, the Jersey shore is usually buzzing with activity and seasonal businesses gearing up for a busy and prosperous summer season. But this year, things look a bit different around here. Although many businesses are gearing up to open, they are doing so amidst many restrictions. Local beaches are opening this weekend, but access is restricted, and once capacity is reached, others will be turned away. We ordered our beach badges online last week (a first for us as we usually get them in person at the beach) and have to pick them up tomorrow via a drive-thru process. In addition to badge pick up, here's what else I've been up to lately.

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Fab Finds Under $50


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It's time to treat yourself. You deserve it! After almost 10 weeks of quarantine, it's time to give yourself a little something to boost your spirits. Here are 5 finds under $50 that work for hanging at home or popping out to pick up a few essentials.
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The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Why we've lost track of time during quarantine, according to psychologists via Yahoo! Life.

2. The best states to retire in via Finance101.

3. Seven smart habits to maintain after social distancing ends via Martha Stewart.
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How To Deep Clean Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is the heart of most homes. A lot of love is poured out in the meals prepared and eaten, in the conversations that happen, and among the coffee that is brewed. Kitchens are busy, crumby, and filled up with ingredients to make delicious meals.

But that also means that they need a lot of love and care - and a deep clean every few months.

But where do you start? Is there a best way to do it? Being in lockdown is a good time to tackle a kitchen deep-cleaning. Here are a few ways I approached the project when I took it on this week.

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Eighteen


Eighteen years ago today I became a momma. After months of wondering what kind of personality she would have, what color hair and eyes she would have, she was finally here. She was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen. She was perfect. I took one look at her and fell in love instantly, and that love has only intensified as the years have passed. The moment I held her in my arms for the first time, I knew it was a love I had never experienced before.
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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Ten principles to help anyone unclutter via Becoming Minimalist.

2. All of the rides at Disneyland, ranked from worst to best via Travel + Leisure.

3. How to choose the healthiest, non-perishable quarantine snacks via Huffington Post.
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The Books I Read In April


After a strong January and February and a weak March in terms of reading, I started to pick up the pace again in April. Once I start a book, no matter how far into it I am, I feel obligated to keep reading it, especially if I've paid for it. But I've been slow to realize that when I am not enjoying a book, it takes me forever to read it because I don't make reading a priority. It's more of a chore when I'm not loving, or even liking, the book I'm reading. So, moving forward, I've decided to abandon books when I am not feeling it. Maybe I'll go back to them at another time, but if, after a few chapters, I can tell that I'm not entertained, the book will be shelved.

Here are the books that I read in April and the one that gave me pause to start shelving those that don't hold my interest.

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Weekend Dispatch


We finally had beautiful spring weather this past weekend, and it was invigorating. Seriously, my moods are tied to the weather, and when it's nice and warm outside, I feel like I can take on the world (and usually try to!). It was just nice to spend our quarantine outside on the deck for a change instead of cooped up indoors. I cleaned up our deck, and while the girls did some sunbathing, I read. It was so relaxing and refreshing.

Today, it's back to work and virtual learning, which we learned today will continue through the end of the year as NJ schools are now closed for the school year. I'm doing my best to keep things normal with some fun mixed in for the girls. Breakfast from their favorite coffee shop, Starbucks drive-thru runs, Amazon orders, and more. It's the little things that are keeping them happy these days, and who am I to say no?

Speaking of mixing in some fun, here's what I've been up to and a few ideas for your quarantine time.

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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Ten amazing free classes you can take online from Harvard, MIT, and more via The Girlfriend.

2. Why you need to stick to a regular bedtime during quarantine via MindBodyGreen.

3. How to set goals during a time of uncertainty via Career Contessa.
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10 Great Beauty Buys Under $10

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One area where I've really scaled back during this quarantine is beauty. I'm wearing less makeup and spending less money on beauty-related items. I am still taking diligent care of my skin (cleansing and moisturizing morning and night), but I'm not doing my normal daily makeup routine, and my focus on beauty products is leaning a little more towards those of the inexpensive-but-effective variety.

Since I like to think that we are all paying a little more attention to our bank accounts right now (whether you are currently employed or not), I wanted to share ten of the beauty products I am currently using and loving, all under $10.
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Small Changes To Make Around the House To Save You Money

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It’s a challenge to save money in this uncertain world. There are distractions from saving everywhere, always new subscription services (hello, Book of the Month Club) or new restaurants to try out. It feels like there is no way to budget and save for future, no matter how hard you try.

However, if there’s one place that you can always save money even when you’re struggling to budget, it’s your home. While you can’t avoid mortgage or rent payments, there are other aspects of the house that will help you cut costs.
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The Books I Read in February and March


February started off strong in terms of reading, but by mid-month, I had faded a bit, and then once March came and the quarantine was ordered, I had a hard time focusing long enough to read more than a few pages at a sitting. Because of that, I've combined February and March into one post.

Now, I am back on track and plowing through the books again. But before I get too far ahead of myself, here are the books I read in February and March.

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4 Areas Of Fashion and Style Where You Shouldn't Follow The Trends

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You might think that to be fashionable, you need to follow the latest trends. For instance, a lot of people think staying in fashion simply means looking at what influencers or celebrities are wearing. However, this isn’t quite true. The reality is that their fashion choices may not suit you. You may not share their body type or lifestyle. When it comes to fashion trends, it’s best to follow your own direction. Decide what you like and what looks best on your body with your face and hair and how it will fit into your overall lifestyle.
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The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. What will our new normal look like when we get back to "normal" via The Slate.

2. Thirty-one thoughtful gifts to send friends and loved ones during social distancing via Glamour.

3. What to do to banish boredom at home via Sunset.
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Where Will You Go (After Quarantine)?


About two weeks before our governor ordered us into quarantine, we had considered making last minute plans to go away for a short spring break trip. Usually we gift the girls a trip as part of their Christmas present, but we didn't do that last Christmas. With Emma graduating from high school and Harper from middle school, we had planned to use some of the spring break trip funds on graduation parties and gifts. But when airfares and hotel rates dropped drastically, we had second thoughts. Until I really thought about it. I knew it wasn't happening. I knew travel would be halted and we'd be at home. This week is the kids' spring break, and a little part of me feels like we are missing out on a trip even though we had nothing planned.

But it has gotten me thinking about travel plans when the bans are lifted and we can start getting out and about again. I've been thinking a lot about our spring break trip to California last year and wishing we were going again this year. The picture above was taken at the Santa Monica pier. It's been fun to browse Pinterest looking at all the travel pics and dream a little about exotic locales.

Where will you go when we can travel again?
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Weekend Dispatch


Today marks the first day of our second month of coronavirus quarantine. We've had 4 full weeks of working from home, schooling from home, working out from home, and learning to love being home. Who thought we'd say that life is stranger than fiction? Honestly though, this is the stuff a good fictional novel is made of.

Each week is starting to feel weirder than the one before, but oddly normal as well. We've fallen into a sort of routine, but this week the girls have spring break, and I'm a bit worried about boredom setting in without school work and any outside activities to do. I'm still trying to find an indoor workout routine that I love. I miss my gym and the routine I had there, and finding something that clicks here at home has been a struggle. Last week, I started running outside instead of walking. It was an adjustment and quite a struggle initially as I only run on treadmills in ideal indoor temperatures. But I still need an alternative for colder or rainy days.

Anyway, here's what I've been enjoying:
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The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Don't miss "Some people"... via Kottke.org.

2. How to make a coronavirus face mask out of a t-shirt via Huffington Post.

3. Four possible timelines for when social distancing will end via The Atlantic.
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10 Items I'm Using More Frequently While Sheltering In Place


Since going into self-isolation almost one month ago, I've found myself reaching for the same 10 items over and over again. Some are items I've used daily in the past, but now I'm using them all day, every day. Others are items that I've owned and haven't used in months, but all of a sudden, I'm putting them to use on the daily.

I know most of us aren't focused on spending unnecessarily right now, but if you want to treat yourself to something you'll use over and over again while you are staying safe at home, here's what I've been relying on.
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Tips To Help You Care For Aging Parents At Home

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If you've made the decision to care for your elderly parents at home, then you'll know what a big deal it can be. You may feel as though you want to make them feel comfortable but at the end of the day, you also want to make sure that you are looking after yourself as well. I asked a good friend of mine who is currently caring for her parents to share some tips on caring for aging parents without compromising your own mental health.

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20 Great Buys Under $25


After three full weeks of isolation, I've learned a thing or two (or maybe 10, but who's counting?). I've learned that it's no time for splurges and frivolous purchases. I'm all about the practical and the reasonable right now. I'm also all about comfort while I am at home or even running out to do a curbside pickup. I've scoured the web for some fun and functional items under $25 that are available online for quick delivery.
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What Does Your Dream Home Look Like?

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Since being quarantined almost 4 weeks ago, I've been spending a lot more time (WAY too much) on Pinterest. Obviously, I've been looking for recipes ideas (aren't we all?). I've also been basking in all the pretty pictures, whether they are travel pics, food pics, fashion pics, or insightful quotes. But the type of pictures I seem to be the most fascinated by are the home pictures. Maybe it's because I've been spending so much time in mine that I just want to look at everyone else's. We all want to live in beautiful, grand surroundings. But due to money and resource constraints, that isn't always possible. That's where your imagination comes in. I've come across some pictures of home features that I had no idea existed. I'm not kidding when I say there are some really far out houses out there. Here are a few of the things I might include in the dream home of my imagination.
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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Three easy ways to save $100 or more a month via The Girlfriend.

2. How to politely turn down a virtual date via Bustle.

3. Five ways to stay connected during isolation via MindBodyGreen.
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How To Cook With Your Kids During a Shelter-In-Place (And Why You Need To)


Have you heard it yet? The dreaded phrase, "Mom, I'm bored." After almost three weeks of sheltering-in-place, you've likely heard it multiple times. One way to break up the boredom is to get kids in the kitchen to help cook and bake. Most children will express an interest in cooking at some point in their lives. Usually, they like to get involved in baking sweet treats like cookies and cupcakes, where they can lick the spoon as a reward for their efforts. Allowing your kids to help you cook and back will engage them in new learning experiences that will set them up for life. 
Here are just some of the wonderful benefits gained when you take the time to cook with your kids and teach them more about food:

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Weekend Dispatch


Today marks the beginning of our third week being self-quarantined. It's a surreal feeling. One moment everything feels normal, and the next moment you are painfully aware of how different life has become. Here in New Jersey, things are getting intense as our number of cases and deaths escalates. I feel like this sickness is closing in on me, and it's not a good feeling. I'm trying to remain positive and keep in mind that the safest place right now is in our homes. Since we will most likely be doing this for at least another month, and quite possibly, longer, I've decided to beef up the Weekend Dispatch posts. So, here we go. I'll be including things I've watched, ate, read, listen to, etc. as well as some suggestions and/or what's on my list for the week ahead.

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