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To Squirrel or Not to Squirrel? Should that EVEN be a Question?

Life has a very interesting way of turning your world upside down when you least expect it, and I have found that even when I have had the best of intentions, maybe I should have pulled the covers over my head and refused to see the sun. On this particular day a few weeks ago, I […]

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Beautiful and Sunny Santa Barbara

Whether you want to enjoy mountain trails, the ocean, the beach or a beautiful city setting, Santa Barbara will deliver; what a gem of a city! The beautiful Mediterranean climate varies in temperature from an average high of 65 degrees in winter to 75 degrees in summer. The signature smog of SoCal, the central valley […]

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Hollywood Happenings – Volume 10

Hello my Hollywood gurus! We have a lot of great news in this, our final Hollywood Happenings segment.  It has been a crazy ride and I hope you have enjoyed it, but the fun is not quite over yet. This month’s issue features stories of ‘military miracles’, Kid Rock is honored, the Harlem Globetrotters bring […]

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My Parenting Manual Got Lost in the Mail

My son turns six years old this week, and I can’t help but find myself reflecting on where the hell the time has gone. It’s cliché, I know, but it’s cliché for a reason. It feels like just yesterday I was scared to death about being a mother, and now? I’m scared to death about […]

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Inexpensive Gift Ideas!

Well, the Holidays are here once again. Most of us approach this time of year with either joyous elation, a feeling of dread or somewhere in between. That would be me. There’s so much that I love, like the music, the cookies, and that for a while people actually seem to like each other! I […]

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Top Things to See and Do Near Fort Meade, Maryland

When duty calls, relocating to Fort Meade doesn’t mean an end to your family’s social life! On the contrary, being on post makes you central to a vibrant community, with attractions and amenities that are fun and enriching for everyone. Fort Meade, close to Baltimore, M.D. and Washington D.C., has an abundance of local activities, […]

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Job Security vs. Growth Potential?

As you prepare to transition from the military to veteran status, you may also be thinking about a job search and a second career. If that is the case, be sure to identify those factors that are important to you as you seek your next employer. For most people, those factors include two that may […]

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Field Problem – Elf Christmas Traditions

Dear AWN, My new stepdaughter will be staying with us starting soon, and I really want to do that elf thing for her first Christmas with us. I kind of want to start a new tradition for our family going forward. My problem is that I see all of these amazing setups that people post […]

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The Gift Exchange

Is it seriously holiday time again? Already? Where did this year go? I think I’ve been in a bit of denial that it is really creeping up, because it was July when Hobby Lobby put out the Christmas décor and I’ve started to learn to ignore it. Boom! Here it is. Right on my doorstep. […]

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How to know when the answer is: “Get a Partner”

Form an idea, find a partner, sell your widgets and make money. If it were just that easy, right? Years ago, I found myself looking to grow a business to the next level. I was doing well, but thought I had plateaued. When I was courted by a potential partner, I thought I had found […]

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