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Domestic Violence #WhyIStayed #WhyILeft

After TMZ released the video yesterday of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice knocking his then girlfriend (now wife) unconscious with one single punch, victims of abuse began to come forward and tell their powerful stories in 140 characters or less: #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft. Their hashtags gave us a horrific but honest view into the dangerous and tragic world of…

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Toxic Friends: 6 Different Types and What To Do

There are tall ships There are small ships But the best ships Are friendships... Unless of course, they're not. Yes, this post is about the dark side of friendship, a Global TV segment I did while on my blogging break end of July. To be honest, I have not had too many toxic friendships over the years. I was never…

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Wordless Wednesday: 14 Years Married. 19 Years Together.

[caption id="attachment_23894" align="alignnone" width="258"] photo credit: zazzle.com[/caption] Wow, these are some wild numbers when you're just 39 years old! Yes, today, I celebrate 14 years of marriage. We were just teens when we feel in love-- 19 years old to be exact... him 20. We smoked, we drank, we studied, we partied, we slept, we had a lot of sex,…

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22 Ways To Stress-Free Living and Uncluttering Your Mind

It's just about that time - the evenings are getting darker, earlier, the kids are prepping for back to school, summer feels like it's going by in the blink of an eye, and we're getting ready to put away our white skinnies. It's for this reason that I decided back in May, that this summer, I would come from a…

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My Life: From Stripper To Therapist

By Guest Blogger Maya Jordan I was an ugly duckling as a kid.  Awkward, face full of braces and freckles, tall and skinny as a Kenyan track star in a culture that valued short and curvy. I grew up in the Midwest, where, as Lebron James says, nothing is given, everything is earned. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] Photo credit: Flickr[/caption]…

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23 Life Lessons I Learned From My Dad

Sunday is Father's Day-- a very special day for Dads everywhere. I have had the great fortune of growing up with a father that girls dream of. I say this with tremendous love and pride. His initials are G.E.M., and that is just what he is. When I left the nest, I chose another amazing father.  I am blessed to…

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Wordless Wednesday: Midnight In Paris

Bonjour de Paris! I'm here celebrating my husband's 40th birthday. Leaving the kids on Sunday was quite stressful with a lot of tears (we have never left them for more than four days). The first day away was very difficult. The second day, a little easier. Now it's like... WHAT KIDS?! ;) We've settled into a well-needed vacation together and…

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Wordless Wednesday: Born In France

Yes, I got this email from my husband over the weekend and it made me squirt coffee outta my nose. Maybe THIS explains the weight gain I wrote about on Monday. Oh boy, I think I have LESS eating and MORE putting out to do. Yah. Maybe I WAS born in France. Pardon my French. ;)

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Wordless Wednesday: World’s Best Babysitters

Happy Hump Day and Wordless Wednesday! I just finished filming a video segment in a substance abuse rehabilitation facility, and I am feeling emotionally drained and exhausted. Life is precious, and what separates you from me, and me from those women who have lost their worlds due to substance abuse, is the flip of a coin. These sweet images that…

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Dealing With Difficult In-Laws

Welcome back, ladies! Today is a good day. It was a clean sweep for my Montreal Canadiens last night who beat Tampa Bay in four straight games to proceed to Round 2 of the playoffs, AND my boys went back to school this morning. This is me happy dancing! Hallelujah on both fronts. I started Hump Day off with my weekly parenting segment on…

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