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Change is Hard

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Login HomeRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Change is Hard I’m going on week 2 of doing nothing – at least nothing work related. For those of you who know me, you know I struggle with not working. There must be something off. Leslie not working? Leslie not continually thinking, “What’s next?” or “Okay, that sounds like a great…

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Life as an Entrepreneur


Login HomeRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Life as an Entrepreneur Well, the first day of school came and went and I wasn’t there. I’ve got to admit, it was weird. And a little sad. But, now that the first week of school is done and I’m sitting at home (after working out, sipping some more coffee, making a…

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Garlic Press – Must Have Kitchen Gadget

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Login HomeRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Garlic Press- Must Have Kitchen Gadget I’ve got to admit, I’m pretty sure I own every kitchen gadget on the face of the planet. Potato ricer? Yup, got that. Panini maker? Oh yeah! Veggie spiralizer? Yes, I certainly have one of the those and it’s still in the box and will probably…

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Friendships & Parenthood

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Login HomeRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Friendships & Parenthood Before parenthood, I was given more advice than I could have ever wanted or needed: Use this type of nipple cream. Never use this brand of diapers. Your child should have no screen time for the first three years of his life. Co-sleeping is the best, craziest, worst, and…

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Showing Love

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Login HomeRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Showing Love I’m terrible at playing. I’m literally the worst at pretend play. Whenever Owen asks, “Mom, will you play with me?” I have to admit, I always slightly cringe and hesitantly respond, “Sure.” I just don’t like to it. I’m not very imaginative and find play boring. This makes me sound…

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Challenges of Parenting

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Login HomeRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout The Challenges of Parenting Parenting is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever done. Whoever said that a stay at home mom doesn’t have a real job is full of crap. I taught 6th graders at a Title I school for 6 years and can say that was easier than the 5 months…

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Quitting Teaching

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Login HomeRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Quitting Teaching May 24, 2019 It’s official. I’m no longer a teacher. I should be skipping down the street, singing at the top of my lungs, and cheersing with a glass of champagne. But I’m not. Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy. Very happy. But I’m also sad. This year was difficult…

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Login HomeRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout The Unreachable: Balance Pneumonia 4 times in 1 year. That’ll change a person. In good ways and bad. After each bout of pneumonia I went through days, weeks, even months of sadness and frustration. Sadness that my life didn’t feel like mine any more. I was succumb to feeling like crap, taking…

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How Yummly Can Help You

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Login HomeRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout How Yummly Can Help You January 22, 2019 I’m a classic recipe searcher. I have spent countless hours scrolling through Food Network, Bon Appetit, and Food and Wine to find the perfect recipes. And more times than I can count, I’ve found a recipe, written it down so I can come back…

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Career Change

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Login HomeRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Career Change I became a public school teacher 6 years ago. It has been a hard 6 years.  To tell you the truth, I think I’m a decent teacher. I build real, trusting relationships with my students, work tirelessly to differentiated my lessons and have produced great test scores. But am I…

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