The Girl with the Loading Voice
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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Girl with the Loading Voice

The Girl with the Loading Voice by Abi Daré RATING 5/5 SUMMARY The unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘝𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦 is a simultaneously […]

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My Year of Saying No
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Book Reviews

Book Review: My Year of Saying No

My Year of Saying No by Maxine Morrey⁣ RATING 3.5/5 SUMMARY When a long-term relationship ended, her best friend’s scheme to get Lottie back in the swing of things seemed like a good idea. She’s kept her promise to Jess to see it through but, as a lover of the quiet life, Lottie couldn’t be […]

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Book Lists

2020 Summer Reading List

Summer plans look a little different today than they did a few months ago. With travel being cancelled or postponed to later in the year, some may need more than one “beach read” to survive the long summer. The uncertain summer might afford you the opportunity to read something out of your comfort zone. Let’s […]

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New York
Travel

You Just Never Know…

On Mother’s Day, I can’t help but reflect on how I spent one of my best Mother’s Days. In case I haven’t shared it enough, New York City is my 2nd favorite city on Earth. I first visited the city with my best friend (and her parents) from high school at the time as a sophomore […]

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Coronavirus Pandemic
Life

Self-Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic

We will soon approach double-digit weeks of practicing self-isolation. That means too many days of isolation and social distancing. Parents are schooling their children online. Adults are either working from home full time or not working at all due to the pandemic. We have updates from everywhere coming at us left and right. Every situation […]

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Coronavirus Pandemic
Life

Activity Ideas To Survive the Coronavirus Quarantine With Kids

A country-wide quarantine status is a new concept for all of us. Schools have moved completely online and kids at home have work to do but the work is not meant to fill an entire seven to eight hour day. This scenario creates a chunk of time that needs to be filled with intellectual, active […]

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Book Lists

15 Books For The Entire Family For Black History Month

  In February, the United States celebrates Black History Month. Black History Month started as a week-long celebration by Carter G. Woodson in 1926 to celebrate the achievements by Black Americans that were often nonexistent in history books. Discovering (and reading) a book written by or about a Black American that you may have missed […]

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Goal Setting
Life

5 Simplified Tips to Start the New Year with New Goals

It’s the beginning of a new year and during this time of year we have all heard and read more than our fair share of yearly reflections, how to create goals and tips for writing a plan for those same goals. There is an overabundance of podcasts, books and online tips to help you achieve […]

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Black Friday
Did You Know?

Did You Know Ireland Does Black Friday, Too?

When we first arrived in Dublin in 2016, we noticed the Black Friday sales and were surprised. Obviously, Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Ireland and so to see Black Friday sales, it seemed a bit off because as Americans we associate Black Friday with the day after Thanksgiving or actually the evening of Thanksgiving. To […]

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Celebrating Thanksgiving as an Expat
Life
Living Abroad

Celebrating Thanksgiving Far Away From Home

Another Thanksgiving will be making its lovely appearance in a few weeks. As an American, with the shift in the weather, the fall decorations going up and the leaves falling, it is almost impossible to not think about Thanksgiving and all its glory…food, family, friends, football and even more food. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday […]

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