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Halloween DIY: Frankenstein Front Door & Pumpkin

Unlike the past few years, it appears that this year, my babies really will wear store-bought costumes. They're cute, of course, but I still had the desire to make something for Halloween. Not quite as elaborate as two costumes, but something nonetheless. So when Walmart challenged me to make DIY Halloween decorations, I couldn't wait to dive right in. My [...]

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I’m in the Mood for Something Shiny…

As much as I love picking out a great outfit, that's only half the fun. Picking a top and bottom that look great together gets the process started, but I never feel like I'm full "dressed" until I add some great accessories — and that usually involves shiny things. And one can never really have too much jewelry, right? One of [...]

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Recipe + Contest: Crock-Pot Caribbean Stew Chicken

I keep promising myself that I'm going to modify more of my recipes to make them crock-pot friendly, but somehow that never happens. Because that would require starting dinner hours in advance — and I'm not exactly good that planning meals ahead. Still, this is a habit I really need to establish, because it would make dinner time a lot [...]

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Outfit: Comfy Fall Perfection with #PureJill

Fall fashion makes me happy. The warmth, the comfort, the layers — all of it makes me actually want to get up and get dressed every day. Which is saying a lot for someone who may or may not regularly work in her pajamas. The thing is, I often want to get dressed without having to think too much about it. [...]

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Outfit: Earth (Footwear) Inspired

I don't know that I'd consider myself to be a "fashionista" per se, but I am definitely a lover of fashion and a believer in finding my personal style. That means taking into account all the things that I find to be beautiful and important. The thing is, it can often be difficult to reconcile my love of fashion with [...]

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Make Halloween Easy with Affordable Costumes for the Kids

For the past three years, I've made my daughter a DIY Halloween costume. In 2011, there was the peacock costume; the mermaid costume came in 2012; and last year, she was a wind-up doll. In my heart of hearts, I'd really like to make her costume this year too. Alas, Hurricane Juliza is in town. Costume-making is awesome, but it's [...]

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Victorinox I.N.O.X. watch is made to last

My husband's birthday is coming up, but he is a tough guy to shop for. We've been married for more than 11 years, so I know what he likes, but it's not very easy to give him something that he actually needs. Every year, however, one of the items that's always at the top of any gift-giving list for him [...]

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Baby Juliza: Month 9

Wasn't I just pregnant? Like yesterday or something? I was, right? And yet somehow, the child who was in my belly is now a 9-month-old crawling, standing, biting machine! My hubby and I thought this photo was the most accurate representation of how mischievous she is these days. And here's another to show how increasingly difficult it is to get [...]

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Outfits: Synergy Organic Plus Size Collection

Synergy Organic Clothing shot to the top of my list of favorite fashion brands months ago when I first tried a couple of their dresses, but my love grew stronger than ever when they introduced their new plus size collection. They sent me a few pieces to try, and I couldn't wait to see what they had in store. I'm [...]

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It’s Game Time! DIY Pom Poms in Your Team Colors

It's that time of year again. The time when so many of us spend Thursday, and Sunday AND Monday nights glued to the TV screen. It's football time! I admit, I'm not the fan in my house. But my hubby goes so hard for the Pittsburgh Steelers that I swear he bleeds black and yellow. Which means that he loves [...]

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