13 Myths Uncovered About Marriages

By Andrea Franklin / October 6, 2017 /

Marriage has quite the reputation around it, don’t you think? Some see it as a drag, while others spend their entire lives with a cutout photo of their head glued to a wedding dress clip out on the very top of their dream boards. But what happens when the wedding bells have chimed and the…

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Thunder Thighs and Powerful Lies

By Andrea Franklin / August 24, 2017 /

Nearly every day in the car, my four-year-old son will look down at his thighs, call out for my attention with an excited “LOOK!”, and declare: “Mommy, mine are getting big—like yours!” He will then grab his tender limbs and shake them around, repeating over and over again: “Yours are big! And mine are getting…

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Big Changes Are Coming

By Andrea Franklin / August 22, 2017 /

Big changes are coming, and I’m bursting at the seams with excitement! A month ago I crept back into this space after a hiatus, letting you know I was ditching the niche and officially writing about whatever I wanted when I wanted. And then I went silent again. As I got further and further into the…

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Ditching The Niche

By Andrea Franklin / July 11, 2017 /

It’s a sloooow creep back up to the mic. My head more focused on each step than what is right in front of me. Looking down as my toes lift and fall back onto the cool tiled floor. Finally, I have arrived to the place my feet set out to take me a lifetime ago.…

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Chicago Recap: The Food, The Attractions, The Experience

By Andrea Franklin / April 25, 2017 /

  Every time I told someone I was taking Derek to Chicago to celebrate his 30th birthday, I was met with the same response:  Why Chicago? In fact, after the 5th person or so asked, I began to wonder if I had made some sort of Birthday-ruining mistake by planning this trip. Chicago was a…

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The Social Experiment Everyone Should Try

By Andrea Franklin / March 7, 2017 /

Last week I started a social experiment without even realizing it. Let me back up a bit and explain. After having a great conversation with a friend Friday morning, I found myself with this burning desire inside to spread some love. I’m weird like that. So I came up with the idea to offer it…

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How To Teach Your Children About Diversity

By Andrea Franklin / March 2, 2017 /

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss It’s Read Across America Day! 20 years ago, it was decided to create a day of celebration to get families and children excited about reading. And since the Dr. is such a household name, they decided to hold the celebration on his…

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To All of The Non-Mom Friends Who Still Show Up

By Andrea Franklin / February 28, 2017 /

To all of the non-mom friends who still show up. This one is for you. I decided to have children years before my closest friends. I didn’t run the idea by them or discuss how it may change our dynamic as friends— I just did it. I don’t think we think about things like that,…

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How To Use Hug Time To Create A Happier Homelife 

By Andrea Franklin / February 16, 2017 /

We all hear about the terrible twos and threenager stage, but I once had a friend explain to me that four is where the real chaos starts, and as we creep up on D’s birthday I’ll just say this— the struggle is real. “Why” and “No, I’m not going to” have taken reign over my son’s vocabulary like…

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A Healthy Life Starts With A Healthy Mind

By Andrea Franklin / February 2, 2017 /

In my deep quest to find myself— or rather, to lose myself— I’ve tried pretty much everything under the sun. The first diet I ever went on was the cabbage soup diet when I was in the 8th grade. You mean, the one that is only meant for extremely overweight people who are in need…

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