If I don’t win the lottery, I’ll still be rich

“Good luck,” my sister and I competitively tell each other two hours before the $1.5 billion lottery draw. Third time around is the charm, right?  Continue reading “If I don’t win the lottery, I’ll still be rich”

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Are today’s mothers too sensitive?

I recently read an awesome blog on HuffPost Parents about a proposed New Years Resolution for mommas “to be less offended in 2016.” The blog pokes fun of how parents today can be quick to ward off unsolicited comments as out of line, when most of the time such commentary is well-intended.  Continue reading “Are today’s mothers too sensitive?”

How I celebrate Christmas outside of the church

My childhood holds fond memories of lighting the purple and pink advent candles and picking out an outfit for Christmas mass. As a kid, I went through the motions not necessarily understanding the deeper meaning of Christmas, or organized religion at large. But one thing I did take away was the gift of love and its ability to move mountains during this time of year.  Continue reading “How I celebrate Christmas outside of the church”

Traditional etiquette is very much alive, and millennials should learn it

From wondering if you’re allowed to bring a plus one to your friend’s wedding to hoping your text message counts as a formal RSVP, etiquette is incredibly important for us twenty-somethings navigating the decade of job interviews, weddings and baby showers galore. Yet, traditional etiquette has gotten somewhat lost in today’s digital world, where we exchange texts more than face time. We just don’t talk about it as much as we should, making these types of events more awkward than they need to be.  Continue reading “Traditional etiquette is very much alive, and millennials should learn it”

5 small gestures that reveal hints of patriarchy in our society

I’m not saying America is a patriarchy, which would be to say that men have control of all aspects of our society. Us women have certainly made strides (with many more to go), but I’ve recently noticed subtle gestures of old-fashioned male-dominance lingering around today. Do you notice these, too?   *Also published on HuffPost Women Continue reading “5 small gestures that reveal hints of patriarchy in our society”

The Social Media Etiquette Rule That Trumps All Others

Lately I’ve been browsing through more blogs than usual written in an authoritative tone stating “the etiquette for social media,” as if such authors are somehow experts on how everyone else should or should not portray themselves online. *Also published on HuffPost Tech.

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Why loving fall doesn’t make you “basic”

For those accustomed to spring, summer, fall and winter, there are distinct changes in the air that trickle down into our way of living. For fall, the crisp air and transition to winter means we trade swimsuits for scarves, flip flops for boots and iced lattes for hot. Yet, this once socially acceptable behavior is getting some backlash from people now labeling fans of fall, “basic.”    *Also published on HuffPost Style.  Continue reading “Why loving fall doesn’t make you “basic””