How to Lose the Mommy Tummy

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One of the most common things I hear from new mothers is the frustration they have with getting back into their pre-pregnancy shape.  There are times that the new mom can just focus on cleaning up her nutrition and starting an exercise program, but there also times that this isn't enough. Weight Gain vs Abdominal Separation After giving birth to your precious bundle of joy, it's not uncommon to struggle with getting rid of the mommy tummy. There should have been some weight gain during the … [Read more...]

The 40th Anniversary of The Texas Renaissance Festival

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Yes, I’m super excited about Texas Ren Fest this year! It’s the 40th anniversary and they have spruced everything up and added a VERY special new event. There will be a Masquerade Ball! That’s right, an official ball for King Midas. Masks and costumes or formal attire are required. So don’t delay, get your costumes ready for the night of your life. This is the Texas Renaissance Festival like you’ve never experienced it before. King Midas’ Masquerade Ball will be held every … [Read more...]

Press On

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The landscape of our life is full of mountains and valleys. We mature with every step we take along our journey and become wiser and stronger for it. We’re constantly improving and growing. When we stop doing that, our purpose here is complete.   When facing the valleys of life, it can be very seductive to just settle in and have a pity party. Many times people cave into the temptation and stay in that frame of mind for a while. They lie down and cry and keep crying until they’ve … [Read more...]

It’s Time!

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Wow! I know we’re all asking ourselves where did the summer go? Everyone is scrambling to get their kids ready to head back to school for another year of growing and learning. Tax-free weekend means it’s time to start grabbing up the last bit of what is needed to go back into the classroom. You’ll inevitably fight crowds in parking lots and malls all over town trying to get everything crossed off of your list. It’s only the beginning of another crazy school year. Many of you are just … [Read more...]

Top Ten August 2014

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Freddy Goerges, founder of Houston Young Professionals. If you're into networking, this is a person you need to know. Plus he's a great guy!           You may have to travel a bit to check out this Top Ten item but it'll be worth it. I've been scuba diving with Deep Blue Cozumel for many years. They're the best!           I love this nail polish; Fiji by Essie! It's a soft opaque pink. Looks great on so … [Read more...]

Five Do’s and Don’ts for Raising Money Fit Kids

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In order for our kids to mature into adults with healthy financial habits, it is our job as parents to help them cultivate the mindset that will help them to master money and not allow money to master them. As we train our future leaders to make wise financial decisions, here are five do’s and don’ts for teaching kids at an early age about healthy money management. 1. Talk about money openly and honestly with your kids. Do not shy away from these important teaching opportunities. While … [Read more...]

Bonuses & Birthdays

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Everyone has been so kind with messages for my birthday.  My "bonus birthday" as a cancer sister called it.  A term I have heard women use when they lived beyond the time frame thought possible due to their situation.   That wording might be a somber thought to some, but to me it is one that brings a sense of deep gratitude. It was in May, just about the date of my birthday in 2007 when I woke up and realized one breast was different. Everything about my life was changed from that … [Read more...]

Marriage and Money

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I remember it like yesterday. Sitting at home, taking care of our not-yet-two-year-old, when my now ex announced that we were facing foreclosure. The words did not compute initially, because I did not know how that was possible when he made six figures in the prior year. After all, I had the tax return and bill saying that we owed $20,000 for unpaid income taxes. Perhaps, that should have been my clue that something was bad in the water in Texas. Nevertheless, I was dealing with my own issues. I … [Read more...]

Bugs Bunny in the Flesh

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      I recently saw a little boy dressed in a superman T-shirt that was doing his best to act Super Manly. He was oh so very cute! His hair was coaxed into a little Mohawk and he had the cutest dimples. I’m guessing he was about 2 years old. His mom told me that he loves dressing up like superheroes.   I began to reminisce about when my own son, now in his twenties, used to love to dress up like all kinds of fictitious characters. He always wanted to dress … [Read more...]

Holiday Pajamas

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  Holiday pajamas are taking center stage this Christmas season and now you too can take part in a new tradition. For the bargainista on a budget, Target has everything you will need to deck the halls and fill up those stockings this year. I love the look of the Gilligan & O'Malley Women's Satin Pajama Set. And for only $18.74, who could resist? (This price is only available online.) These pajamas come in four colors and are perfect for the fashionistas in your family. My … [Read more...]