FATHERS I LOVE – MY DADDY


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The relationship between a father and a daughter is special.  I don’t think there is another word that more perfectly describes my relationship with my daddy. My dad is a real-life hero.  He retired from the army and served in the Saudi Arabia war.  His mission to protect our country meant he was not able […]

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June 16, 2018

FATHERS I LOVE – MY GRANDFATHERS


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Grandaddy Artis “Sug” Appling Sr. It was the day before my birthday.  I was 7 months pregnant in upstate New York.  Just me, my husband and our two year old.  Hundreds of miles away from our Floridian family.  Before I could get out of bed for work my father calls. My grandfather had passed away. […]

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June 16, 2018

FATHERS I LOVE – MY UNCLE


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How would you feel if every time you entered a room you were announced?  Like there is a major concert and you are the headliner.  That is the way I feel every time I enter a room where my uncle is already there.  I enter the room and hear: “ALANDA LEIGH!” In my very first […]

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June 15, 2018

Easiest Pinterest DIY…EVER


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I often scroll through Pinterest admiring all of the innovative and beautiful DIY projects.  My home should be magazine ready!  That’s assuming I have the same skill level as them.  Let’s be honest, I don’t.  But a girl can dream.  So, when I found this DIY I was ecstatic!  It looked too good to be […]

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June 10, 2018

A Letter To My Son


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It’s hard to believe it’s already been 5 years.  Mommy is so proud of the young man you are becoming.  You are kind, compassionate and have a genuine concern for others.  You’re not my baby anymore.  You’re my big boy going to big boy school.  I knew this day would come…just not so soon.  As […]

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June 7, 2018

How I Get My Kids To Eat Veggies


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How many times can a kid eat chicken nuggets before they get tired of them? Seriously, I want to know!  When I plan our menu for the week I am always looking for different dinner options for the kids.  Very seldom do they eat the same thing as me and my husband.  And, very seldom […]

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May 29, 2018

Mothers I Love – My Mama


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Writing this series has been amazing!  It felt good to memorialize the memorable moments I’ve shared with all the mothers in my life.  It came easy because I was truly writing from the heart.  Now that it’s time to do the same for the most important woman in my life, I’m stuck.  I don’t know […]

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May 12, 2018

Mothers I Love – Mother In Law & Stepmom


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MOTHER IN LAW How could I not love the woman that is responsible for giving my husband to the world?  She often tells me “she’s sorry” because he’s just like her (HA!).  But then thanks me with her next breath for taking him off her hands.  She’s right, the are both alike.  They both love […]

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May 10, 2018

Mothers I Love – My Grandmothers


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When I think about my grandmothers one word comes to mind: BLESSED!  I am truly blessed to have both of my grandmothers alive and well.  They are both amazing and almost the opposite of the other.  But they have one thing in the common, they are loyal.  Loyal beyond words!  Their love for their families […]

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May 9, 2018

Mothers I Love – My Aunts


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AUNTIE PHYLLIS My Auntie PhyLlis is my mom’s oldest sister.  She is the nurturer.  All my summers growing up were spent at my aunt’s house in Texas.  She had all the girls to herself.  Now that I’m a mom, I know she is a Saint!  We weren’t bad and we never did anything to disrespect […]

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May 8, 2018