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Boys & Girls Club: February 2018

I woke up last Friday morning feeling exhausted and fighting off a cold. After a long day of work, I packed my car with supplies and made my way over to the Boys and Girls Club. In many ways, I was ready to head straight home, put on my pajamas and make a hot cup of tea, but I knew that would all change once we arrived. Just as I thought, as I walked in, one of the little girls in the program began enthusiastically chanting, “Ms. Kaitlin, Ms. Kaitlin”! As she ran toward me to give me a hug, I knew my bed could wait a few hours. I planned a lesson in which we read the story, Snowmen...

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Valentine's Day: Simple Style Guide

Ok ladies, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re anything like me you’re probably stressing out about what to wear. I have already rummaged through all my clothes that have the slightest bit of red or pink in them. I didn’t have much to choose from considering most of my wardrobe consist of neutrals. Then the reality of having to pick two outfits for the day set in (one for school and one for a date night with my hubby). I immediately sat down in front of the computer and compiled a list. So, if you are looking for some last-minute ideas, keep on scrolling!   1. Little red dress Unless you are hitting the nightclubs on...

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Make a Difference this Holiday Season

This is the first Christmas in 24 years that I will not lay on my parent’s couch, with my family dog curled up behind my legs, watching Ralphie shoot his eye out, and eating Chinese food while reminiscing about wonderful moments passed. It is the first holiday season that my best friends won’t come to my house to eat snowball cookies, listen to the N’Sync Christmas album on repeat, and have an hour-long photo shoot by our tree. Above all else, this will be the first time that my mother will not read me ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. And yes, I understand the absurdity of my previous statement. I am 31 years old and my mom...

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8 Christmas Gift Ideas that Make a Difference

They say Christmas is a time for giving. Why not make it a time for giving back? Here are some awesome companies that give back with each purchase this holiday season.   1. Cuddle & Kind Dolls These hand-knit dolls are ethically produced by Peruvian women artisans, and they help curb childhood hunger around the word. Each doll purchase results in 10 meals provided to children in need through the World Food Program USA.  Cuddle & Kind’s dolls are dressed in cute, fun outfits and come available in bright colors, making them the perfect gifts for children.   2. Lifestraw Clean water made easy. Lifestraw Go 2-stage filtration water bottles are equipped with a real-time filtration system, which cleans bacteria and contaminants out of water...

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