A Daddy Daughter Dance

It all started a year ago when we sat in a darkened theater. We had watched Sofia make her dance debut as a bumblebee, and I was still recovering from the anxiety I’d been carrying, wondering whether she would actually make it onstage or not. (She actually was amazing—she did the entire number with the biggest smile on her face.) The last number was a daddy daughter dance. The idea of girls (ranging in age from 4 to 14) dancing with their fathers would usually seem awkward or cheesy, but I found myself with tears in my eyes. Looking around, everyone in the audience seemed to be wiping at their eyes.

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Into the weekend

From Carissa

When I was younger I loved looking at photos of Princess Diana and her beautiful dresses, gowns, and jewels. Now it’s Kate Middleton with both her elegant and down-to-earth ensembles.  I can’t help it… I love following the British royalty.

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Remembering my uncle, our hero

Uncle Mark Helmet

It’s been over four years since I woke up and learned that my Uncle Mark had passed away. It was just a few days after our birthdays (his on January 12th, mine on the 26th). His passing was sudden, and saddened us all. At only 52, he was the youngest of my mother’s siblings and the closest to her in age. More than half his life was dedicated to the service and protection of others in his adopted country, and to loving and caring for his family.

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Into the Weekend

ITW European

From Carissa

I find that with neutral, classic pieces it is easy to inject new looks by adding a fun scarf or statement earrings. However, I’m not the kind of shopper that immediately shells out to buy the newest trends. Bethany and Amanda of @whoawaitwalmart find the cutest stuff at very affordable prices. Makes me want to take a trip to Walmart for more than just laundry soap and cleaning supplies.

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