Tell it Like it is: November is National Family Stories Month

Tell it Like it is: November is National Family Stories Month

Every family has a story to tell. Stories that inspire us. Stories that bind us to one another and give us a sense of belonging. Stories that teach us and stories that make us laugh until we cry. These stories shorten the miles between us. And these stories are family heirlooms to be held forever in our hearts, not collecting dust on a shelf. Open your family’s book and share a chapter today.

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Shorter Days, Longer Nights: How to Fight the “Funk”

Shorter Days, Longer Nights: How to Fight the “Funk”

It’s early November. And that means only one thing. My old friend “Funk” will be dropping by. Funk likes to visit when the days get shorter and the nights get longer. In truth, Funk is kind of an a-hole. He convinces me to surf Facebook instead of working out, argues with me that it’s better to hole myself up inside rather than run errands and I swear he slips me a mickey on the nights I find myself drooling and passed out on the couch by 7:30 p.m

But not this year. I’m launching a surprise attack on Funk by creating healthy habits that will pull me through the dreary winter months and beyond. Here are a few ideas I have in mind…

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Best-Ever Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: 3 EPIC Flavors!

Best-Ever Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: 3 EPIC Flavors!

Raise your hand if you just haven’t found that perfect roasted pumpkin seed recipe yet. Yep, I see you. And you, too. I’ve been there. Wasting my time making batch upon batch of dense, chewy, flavorless seeds that leave those brave enough to eat them feeling like they have a wad of wet straw in their mouths.

OH, BUT THESE ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS!!! These seeds, my friends, are flavorful. These seeds are crisp. And these seeds are HIGHLY ADDICTIVE (don’t say I didn’t warn you). #forrealz

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10 Life Lessons I Want My 10-Year-Old Son to Know

10 Life Lessons I Want My 10-Year-Old Son to Know

My boy turned 10 today. And we must be having more fun than bubble wrap because o’ how time flies. You’re changing before my eyes, son—your baby face has lost its chub, you’re already better at math than I am and where the heck did that body odor come from? As much as I want to throw my arms around you and slow your march to manhood, I know I can’t…and shouldn’t. So sweet boy, please give your Mom a few minutes. Before you embark on the next 10 years, there are a few things I want you to know.

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Learning the Subtle Art of Letting Go

Learning the Subtle Art of Letting Go

I bet you feel (or have felt) it, too. The gut punch of letting go.

Letting go of letters to Santa. Letting go of visits from the Tooth Fairy. Letting go of big family birthday parties. Letting go of the backyard playset. Letting go of your VIP pass to the enchanting world of childhood.

For parents (and kids, I’m sure), it’s a strange and foreign land. An in-between place where you can feel like you’re floating adrift, with the magic of childhood behind you and the promise of adulthood on the horizon.

So how to cope with your kids growing up without losing your sh#t? I’m no expert but I’ve learned a few things along the way. I call it “The Subtle Art of Letting Go.” Here are 6 must-know lessons…

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Foodie Friday: Build a Charcuterie Board Like a Boss

Foodie Friday: Build a Charcuterie Board Like a Boss

You’re going to a party. Or you’re hosting one. Or maybe the big game is on in a couple of hours (goooo Brewers and Packers!) and you want a little somethin’ somethin’ to nosh on that doesn’t require a lot of blood, sweat and tears in the kitchen.

I’ve got you covered, friends.

Compose a charcuterie tray. “Oh, that sounds way too fancy!” you say. Here’s a secret: a charcuterie (shar-coo-ter-ree) is just a froo-froo spin on a meat and cheese platter.The best part? It’s super impressive to serve and super easy to make.  #winwin.

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My #1 Sanity Saver: Just Say “No”

My #1 Sanity Saver: Just Say “No”

Hello, my name is Rachael. And I’m a recovering people pleaser.

It’s nice to meet you. If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you may be a people pleaser, too. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (oh great, I’m relapsing).

Wanting to please everyone probably means you’re generous, kind-hearted and selfless. But I can tell you from experience that you may as well say “sayonara” to your sanity if you don’t treat your time like the precious commodity it is.

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13 Keys to Happiness That I Want My 13-Year-Old Daughter to Know

13 Keys to Happiness That I Want My  13-Year-Old Daughter to Know

My daughter turns 13 this month. I’m not sure how that happened. But it got me thinking about what life is like for a girl her age. It can be tough to say the least. So while I still have her mostly undivided attention, I want her to know that happiness is hers for the taking with just a bit of advice from someone who’s been there

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