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February 01, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

My friend once jokingly told me that I was one plastic bin away from being considered a hoarder....more»
January 01, 2018

Dear Reader: Happy New Year

If you can be anything in this world, be kind!” This year, 2018, is going to be the year of KINDNESS for us....more»
December 01, 2017

Dear Reader: 25 Days of Merry

Something magical happens on December 1, when the 25 Days of Christmas begins. I always look forward to the start of December and the fun that ensues....more»
November 01, 2017

Dear Reader: Happy Thanks & Giving Day!

I recently took a test on Facebook to see what words I used most in my status updates. The results came back with the most-used word written in a big font in the center, with lesser-used words circling it in smaller fonts depending on usage....more»
October 01, 2017

Dear Reader: Happy Halloween!

October is a special time of year to me for three big reasons: It's my birthday, Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness Month....more»
September 01, 2017

Dear Reader: Happy Fall, Y'all!

This month, I find myself navigating unchartered waters: I have a college student. My daughter, Bryce, started Bakersfield College as a freshman studying liberal arts....more»
August 01, 2017

Dear Reader: Happy Back to School!

Confession time: Buying back-to-school supplies for me or my children is my favorite kind of shopping – even more than buying clothes, makeup or jewelry....more»
July 01, 2017

Dear Reader: Happy Birthday America!

Fidget spinners, and sticks, and cubes, oh my! When I was growing up, my parents would tell me not to fidget and yet here I am, searching all over town for my boys to find toys to help them fidget....more»
June 01, 2017

Vaun Thygerson's Dear Reader: Happy Summer!

I have to laugh at all the different ways my kids think they can make money. A few weeks ago, we were making crepes complete with Nutella, strawberries, and whipped cream....more»
May 01, 2017

Dear Reader: Happy Mother's Day

    Being a mother is a bittersweet experience… you want your children to stay babies forever, but you also want them to grow up to become fabulously responsible adults....more»
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