Finding Pleasure In The Pain Of Hard Work


Life of a Professional, Life of Leigh

Three-day weekends don’t come often.  When they do, I rejoice!  Just the thought of not having to go to work an extra day excites me.  Sunday night I turn off my alarm and lay in the bed watching TV until my heart is content.  Then, Monday morning comes.  Instead of my alarm there is a […]

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September 6, 2018

Mom Guilt – The Truth Behind The Tears


Life of a Mom, Life of a Professional

Let’s face it.  When our kids start school, we start school.  My son started Kindergarten and the only one that has had homework so far is ME!  Day one his teacher sent a note home instructing us to download an app where we can view his daily activities and receive messages from her and the […]

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August 28, 2018

How I Get My Kids To School On Time


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My mom level just went up a notch.  My son started real school.  This brings a whole new meaning to my role as mom.  Now there is (real) homework, drop-off, pick-up, PTA, school fundraisers, tests…I’m tired just thinking about it! When both boys were at the same daycare our daily routine was set and executed […]

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August 22, 2018

Hidden Me Time in the Middle of a Busy Day


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Wake-up. Get dressed. Get boys dressed. Drop boys off to school. Go to work. WORK. Go home. Cook. Put boys to bed. WORK. Go to bed. Repeat.  This is the life….NOT!   Sometimes I feel like I exist purely for everyone else in my life.  It is hard to find time for just me.  Time […]

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August 19, 2018

FATHERS I LOVE – MY HUSBAND


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I have said this numerous times.  When I found out I was pregnant I was SCARED!  After I had my son the comfort of the hospital was nice.  I could push a button and a very nice lady would come to the room, get my bundle of joy and let me sleep.  When he was […]

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June 17, 2018

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