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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self-care The Wheaton Takeover
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 Activities The Wheaton Takeover
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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Dee Dee's Book Club
Resources

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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Wheaton Takeover November Photo A Day Challenge.
Goal Setting
Life

November Takeover Photo A Day Challenge

I love challenges. Like seriously love challenges. I can’t get enough of them. One year, some friends and I committed to the 100 Happy Days Challenge (#100happydays) and for 100 days we posted daily pics of anything that made us happy. It was tough some days and definitely  towards the end of the 100 days…but […]

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Celebrating Halloween in Ireland
Life
Living Abroad

Celebrating Halloween in Ireland

  Halloween in Ireland is just like celebrating Halloween in the United States. Since moving to Ireland, I have learned a lot about the history of Halloween and even that it started in Ireland. Halloween is a really big celebration in Ireland. The entire country turns orange and black for the big day. History Samahin […]

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Flowers in Dublin
Life
Living Abroad

Things I Always Do In Ireland But Not At Home (The US)

Living in another country is definitely its own experience with its own categories. I feel like we finally have our footing in Ireland and through this experience we have all definitely been challenged and changed. There are even a few habits that we have lost and gained along the way. I get asked a lot […]

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