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Enjoy diverse perspectives from West Michigan women.

ErikaMy dish to pass at a recent family gathering was Rice Krispies, and although my pan was nearly licked clean, this cooking project did not start out so promising.

StephanieWhen I hear the cliché “Keeping up the Joneses,” I picture the 1950s - white picket fences, perfectly manicured lawns, beautifully dressed housewives, and a shiny new Chevy parked in the driveway. Call it “Leave It to Beaver.” Comparisons in the 1950s equated to your house, your car, your children, and your job.

JulieAnneI think I may be in the minority, but I’m not really experiencing much holiday stress. I know, I know—don’t throw anything at me just yet. The truth is while I have plenty of stress in my daily life, I have a very non-traditional approach to Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.

KasieSAs the mother of two-year-old, twin boys, there are certain realities I accept. My house won’t be really clean for a long time, and I will have daily conversations about who has a peepee, and who doesn’t. I accept these realities, because they come along with my boys greeting me at the door at the end of each day. And that’s such a joyful thing—you can’t even begin to imagine that kind of joy before you have children.

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