Smarter not Harder
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Smarter not Harder

I didn’t quit my job to blog full-time so I could become a millionaire. I did it to get my life back. My husband and I had a child at the beginning of 2009. Between the two of us, I had the job with a better salary and better benefits…

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Weekend Reads
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Weekend Reads

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions.  It has taken many years for me to come to respect this body and brain, to enjoy the life I have, and to feel good about who I am.  Resolutions can be helpful to break bad habits or employ new good ones, but…

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2020: Learning from the Past Decade as a Blogger
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2020: Learning from the Past Decade as a Blogger

We just survived a decade where we decried those who like simple pleasures in life to be “basic bitches.” Street style took over where looks were graded less on fashion and more on uniqueness. We one-upped one another with how much of a quirky unique special snowflake we were at…

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Buying My First Nespresso Machine
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Buying My First Nespresso Machine

Many years ago, I won a Keurig coffee machine through a blog giveaway. It was too tall for my counter and I immediately sold it on Craigslist. I saw it as a sign, we didn’t need a coffee machine, we were just fine with our French press. I then had…

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Weekend Reads
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Weekend Reads

While I begin Weekend Reads the day after the last one is published, I wait until Friday afternoon to write this blurb at the top.  When I started a draft for this post to start dropping articles I found this week, I figured I’d write about the end of a…

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I’m Not a Carrie, I’m a Jo
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I’m Not a Carrie, I’m a Jo

    “Omigod Alison, you’re SUCH a Carrie.” It was 2000 and I stood in the circle of store manager friends at an Express district meeting, wearing the brand’s black microfiber bootcut pants and matching longline blazer with a large pink fabric peony pinned to my lapel. I wore it…

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Weekend Reads
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Weekend Reads

The holiday rush is over.  The seasonal sponsored posts and gift guides have been published, the gifts have been purchased. My daughter finished her last day of school and doesn’t return until next decade.  We have our traditional Christmas Eve and Christmas Day family activities and even booked a little…

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Weekend Reads
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Weekend Reads

This was a week of Adulting with a capital A. If you follow my Instagram Stories you know last week I was struggling with healthcare. Thanks to the Affordable Healthcare Act (AKA Obamacare), since I no longer work for a company, I am able to get my family insurance through…

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