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Football is Family

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As we’ve entered into the NFL post-season, I noticed myself getting a little sad instead of excited. This may come as a surprise knowing how much I love football – especially when it means getting together with friends and family on a Sunday to cheer on our favorite team (or root against a division rival!); instead of thinking about what …

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The 4 Things You Need to Learn from My Dad {In Memory of Jerry Strauss}

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Today would have been my dad’s 89th birthday. But he died on October 12th of this year. While most would agree dying at his age constitutes a good life, I believed he still had a lot in him to give. So on this New Year’s Eve, my dad’s birthday, I want to keep my dad’s memory alive by sharing 4 …

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Don’t Just Say It, Write It {The Importance of Thank You Notes}

The Importance of Thank You Notes

Presents unwrapped, meals enjoyed, miles traveled and memories made…this holiday season is almost one for the record books. But does that mean we should just move on and start looking ahead to the new year? Hardly. While the holidays are almost behind us, there is one way that we can ensure they end on a positive note… “How?” you ask. …

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JellyTelly Free Offer & New Partnership!

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As you well know, my very first book, Raising Uncommon Kids, releases next month. The book is all about, well…helping our kids become uncommon and standing out in today’s society. So what better way to spread that message than to partner with a team who’s doing that far better than anyone I know: the team behind What’s in the Bible …

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What NOT to do when your daughter gets asked out for the first time

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It happened. For the past decade, I’ve wondered when it would happen. I’ve watched my sweet baby girl, my first-born child, grow and develop right in front of my very eyes. That sweet scrunchy nose that she modeled in every smiley-faced picture for years gradually evolved into a perfectly picturesque young woman. We haven’t allowed her to have a phone, …

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Take Nothing for Granted

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On this Veteran’s Day, the first after losing my father, I’ve been struggling with coming up with an adequate way to honor his memory. I’ve been afraid of forgetting him but more than that, I’ve been afraid of his story ending with me. Then it came to me: I interviewed my dad more in depth than I ever had while …

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Veteran Money Advice {from my Favorite Veteran}

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Memorial Day and Veterans Days are times to remember and thank veterans who have served our country so that we could have freedom. In a day and age where we want what we want and we want it now, it’s very rare that we take time to not only reflect on the past, but also learn from it. My father was …

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Top 5 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Items – Kids Giving Back

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Every fall when the weather starts cooling down and the leaves start changing color, we get extra excited here in the Cone home. We were made for this weather. We can’t understand why anyone would want to live anywhere other than here where the day starts with clear blue skies and the temperature graces the 50 degree mark. But of …

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When Your Child Loses a Friend

When Your child loses a friend

As parents, we want the best for our children. My husband and I pray about everything in our kids’ lives, from their health and safety to their schools and yes, even their friends. While we understand that we cannot choose all the people our children surround themselves with as they get older, it doesn’t lessen our desire for them to …

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How to Keep Your Kids Honest: 30 Ways in 30 Days

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If you’re like me (or most parents for that matter!), you struggle with how to keep your kids honest. Since April 30 is National Honesty Day, I wanted to help you teach your kids honesty in a more clever, bite size way. I’ve come up with 30 Ways in the 30 Days of April to help keep your kids honest. I’ve …

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