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Out Of The Ordinary: Christmas Treasures

I think about the unseen Christmas treasures hidden in my holiday to-do list, in the boxes of ornaments and in the cupboard filled with décor.

I think about the unseen Christmas treasures hidden in my holiday to-do list, in the boxes of ornaments and in the cupboard filled with décor.

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Interior Designs: How Home Shapes Us

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I wasn’t expecting to have a visceral response to observing someone I hardly knew do home renovations.

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Surviving The Holidays As An Introvert

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As an introvert, it can be hard to find a balance between appeasing your family’s needs while respecting your own during the holidays.

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Why Grocery Delivery Service Is The "Luxury" My Low-Income Family Relies On

My family relies on having our food delivered specifically because of our less-than-ideal financial situation. We don't do this because we're rich.

My family relies on having our food delivered specifically because of our less-than-ideal financial situation. We don't do this because we're rich.

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Re-parenting Myself As I Parent My Kids

Eventually, I had to admit that the past I wanted to have — the mother I wished for so desperately — didn’t exist.

Eventually, I had to admit that the past I wanted to have — the mother I wished for so desperately — didn’t exist. I am re-parenting myself as I parent.

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Plot Twist: Watching TV Makes Us A Better Family​

Not only was TV working as part of my parenting routine, we also unashamedly used it as a babysitter.

Not only was TV working as part of my parenting routine, we also unashamedly used it as a babysitter. Yes, you read that correctly!

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My Best Friend Is Scared Of Black People 

I knew there was still a culture of fear surrounding black people, but this was the first time I had experienced a person scared of black people.

I knew there was still a culture of fear surrounding black people, but this was the first time I had experienced a person scared of black people.

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Life, Untidied: Why I Regret Decluttering​

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I’m not arguing for hoarding. I dislike clutter. But paring possessions down to the bone can cut too deep for tender times. I regret decluttering.

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How Watching Dawson's Creek Brought Me Closer To My Dad

Every week, we'd gather in our family's small living room and watch Dawson's Creek together.

Every week, we'd gather in our family's small living room and watch Dawson's Creek together. And, thankfully, a tradition — and a bond — was formed.

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Introducing My White Family To My Black Culture

No one asked me to do this. I am ok being the bridge between my two worlds; it’s a badge I wear with pride.

I’m a mixed-race, black and white Californian, and this was my first time in the South.

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