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All You Need for Christmas is a Dollar Store

Monday, 21 December 2015 07:57
Any day now, you will find all 11 of us at our local dollar store for the evening. Everyone will have their own baskets and will probably be using their coats to keep their precious purchases secret. There will be covert maneuvers and whispered plans between siblings. As the all-knowing mom, I will become the keeper of my children's secret wishes, which I dispense conspiratorially to their siblings as needed. Read more...

Surviving the Holidays with Family

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 00:00
11 Tips for Putting the FUN Back into DysFUNctional Read more...

The Dreaded Return of the Elf on the Shelf

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 00:00
It's time, y'all—time for the elves to show up in my mailbox. Really, they have been shoved in a basket in my laundry room since last December and my 10-year-old has already found them. Damn it. I couldn't decide if that was the perfect time to spill the truth, or try to make the magic of the elves last a bit longer. For the sake of the younger sisters, I decided to try to make it last longer, but I do not like the elves. Not one bit. Read more...

Let’s Be Friends

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 00:00
The field of direct sales or direct marketing has taken off like wildfire. We all want our friends to be successful, to thrive in their chosen careers and to financially support their families. But when those careers come knocking on our virtual doorstep, a once positive, supportive relationship could change—and that doesn't have to be the case. Many sales consultants generate abundant sales without ruffling any social media feathers. Read more...

Ready, Set, Shop … and Shop and Shop

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 00:00
We all know what comes after the cooking, football watching, eating and chatting associated with Thanksgiving: Shopping! In years past, this shopping took place on Thursday night and spilled over into Friday. There was no shopping mandate, no online edict coupled with a catchy name telling us to spend money—it was just tradition. Read more...
To me, food service is serious stuff. Maybe it's because I love good food. Maybe it's because if I'm going to pay for the convenience of not making it myself, there's a certain level of service I expect. Regardless, I recently had two vastly different customer services experiences that dished up some "aha moments" for me on the importance of empowering your staff. Read more...

The Battle of the Busy

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 00:00
I clearly remember it when it happened, almost exactly this time last year. I approached another mom, who is also a friend, on a field at our sons' soccer practice. As our eyes met, I felt like I was staring at a reflection of myself. Heads tilted and shoulders drawn up to our ears, we forced half-hearted smiles. Read more...
Furry friends have always had a place in our hearts and in our homes—but what about our classrooms? With trends of rodents, reptiles, and fish in schools, we wanted to look at how collaborative care for an animal has contributed to students' learning. Read more...

Gravity Wins: City Girl Attempts Mowing

Thursday, 09 July 2015 00:00
I grew up in a condo, in a land where the sidewalks were magically shoveled in the winter and our little patch of lawn was maintained by men who would show up like an army, unload equipment of all sorts from their trucks, and mow, weed whip, and blow errant clipped grass until everything looked like Pleasantville. Read more...

5 Reasons Why I Love Kids' Baseball

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00
This weekend, my 11-year-old son's baseball team won their final tournament of the season. The weather was beautiful, our hotel was great, and my son got a double and a made a nice catch in the outfield. It was one of those Michigan summer weekends that you just don't want to end. But what made it great wasn't just about the victories and perfect weather. Read more...