My first fix: Stitch Fix Unboxing

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I swore I wasn't going to do it. I promised myself that I had no need to subscribe to an of the monthly boxes that send things you'll love. Especially not a clothing one--I'm a shopper, a good shopper. I shop for my friends. But then I heard about Stitch Fix and thought, "heh. It might actually be fun to have someone else do the shopping. There might be things out there in the world that would look fabulous on me that I'd never notice or think to try on." So, why not give it a try? What … [Read more...]

Lactose Intolerance: what it is, how to diagnose and strategies for your family

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As a family who relies on drinking lactose-free milk and avoiding lots of dairy, I'm always interested in learning more about Lactose Intolerance, as well as strategies to make life with Lactose Intolerance easier. In December, I was asked to be a part of a webinar, discussing Lactose Intolerance with the National Dairy Council, a respected specialist and a few other parents who, also, live with Lactose Intolerance. (The videos and this post are a part of the NDC sponsored program). I learned … [Read more...]

Christmas Eve Tradition

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Every year for Christmas Eve, we visit with some of our family and have a great Pollyanna for the kids and a very fun White Elephant for the adults. But when we get home, you won't believe it!, we've had a visitor who left hints and gifts! Here's our family's Christmas Eve Tradition (If it's not on your screen, click to watch embedded video) … [Read more...]

November Family Dinner Meal Plan

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Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide 2 As announced last week, I'm highlighting one or two kitchen-must haves this November. While last week's make great gifts for the family cook, this week I'm highlighting a kitchen organization item that I've been using for about 2 years. It amazes me how simple adding vertical dividers to my cabinets made my kitchen organization. Watch the video: Did your heart just melt?! Look how cute and sweet Little was with that high-pitched "bye-bye!" Oh! And the … [Read more...]

Wonder: a book review of a powerful children’s novel

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There are books that you enjoy, and there are books that make differences in your life. Wonder, written by RJ Palacio, is a moving book that opens eyes to the feelings of someone who is different. By addressing the perspectives of not just the main character, but many characters who interact with the child with a facial deformity, we learn about bullying, fairness, kindness and strength... making the readers more open-minded and giving them a stronger look at themselves. As a parent and … [Read more...]

Is there value in the cost of college?

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National Student Day is October 3, 2013, a day focused on encouraging students to study and serve. This week, #VlogMom is discussing college: National Student Day is a day to encourage students to do well in school and go on to college. Let's discuss this. Is college necessary? Do you hope your kids go to college? What college advice or application to college or high school studying advice do you have? This hot topic has so many possible routes for digression, it will be interesting to see … [Read more...]

Universal Studios’ Child Swap makes big kid rides family-friendly | #FamilyForward #VlogMom

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Tour along with me as I share the Universal Studios' Child Swap program--making it possible for you and your family to enjoy the rides for taller people with your little ones. My smallest never minded entering a Child Swap room and waiting while the rest of us rode the bigger roller coasters. The Universal Studios' Child Swap Details Say you're at Universal Studios and you have a 40-inch cutie that can't ride along on Harry Potter's Forbidden Journey, or a 38-incher who isn't quite big … [Read more...]

About Julieverse.com | #VlogMom and elevator pitches

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An elevator pitch is something everyone should host in their virtual memory card, ie their brain. Whether you work in social media, real estate, the arts or accounting... an elevator pitch tells the listener who you are, who's the person behind the pretty face. They call it an elevator pitch because an elevator ride is about 30-60 seconds, and you need to get your best self out and impress the listener before he hops off the elevator. Do you have an elevator pitch? If not, take a few … [Read more...]

If I Stay by Gayle Forman book review

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I recently finished reading If I Stay by Gayle Forman, a light-emotional young adult novel. From the publisher: In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck... A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all … [Read more...]

The Dinner: Book Review

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I can't really say I loved The Dinner by Herman Koch. But I can say that I loved the discussion that followed reading The Dinner. This is a great book club book or one to read at the same time as a friend because you just don't want to read it alone. I finished reading the novel and had a completely different interpretation than my friends. From the publisher: "An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make … [Read more...]