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Big, Wonderful, Ordinary Magic is Out There… But You Have to Be Looking {GIVEAWAY}

I just finished reading Ordinary Magic by Lisa Hickman. It’s a quick read of 45 “little vignettes from the Big Apple” in which Lisa highlights small encounters of beauty and simple bliss that she finds in New York City. And you know what I really liked about it? The book was a reminder that life is so ordinary. Most moments are normal and routine. But if you choose to view it differently, if you choose to look for magic, you’ll find...

The Legacy I Want to Leave Behind

I’m fortunate to have both a daughter and a son. What this also means is that I also get to battle all kinds of dumb messages about gender roles and crappy societal ideas. The messages my son will grow up hearing one day to “be a man” or “act like a man” sicken me and I’ll save that for next week’s post. Today I want to talk about my daughter and the garbage that all of our girls are forced...

Road to an Imperfect Life: Week 7 – See You Pretty #itsarevolutionbitches

They’re called “selfies” and can sometimes be referred to as #selfies. I like to take these to remind myself that even I am not perfect. I know, I know. You’re probably saying to yourself But Jen you’re soooooo pretty. And I agree. I am pretty. Thank you. So are you. We all are. We just don’t always see it. I could look at that picture and do what magazine editors do before printing a picture on their glossy covers. I...

Road to an Imperfect Life: Week 3 – The After Baby, Baby Hair

Follow DTWB on Twitter I found out that your hair falls out after you have a baby about 3 weeks before I had my first baby. No time to change my mind now. A friend I had recently made dropped that golden nugget of information on my lap and since I hadn’t read up on what to expect when I was expecting, I had no idea this was a thing. Apparently postpartum hair loss is “a thing” and it has...

Sketch Ourselves Beautiful

When I was student teaching a number of years back I wanted to be a part of a club that another teacher was forming called the Girls’ Leadership Group. We started with only 8th grade girls and chose about 30 to join the group. Some girls we chose because they were confident. Some girls we chose because they needed confidence. Some girls were athletes. Some were academics. Some were leaders. Some were followers. The point of the club was to...

Raising Rafa: How to Raise a Strong Daughter

When Husband and I talk about wanting to raise a strong daughter there are many things that scare us. Society has come a long way – yes – but let’s face it, this is still a man’s world in many way. As a modern, free thinking, women-can-do kind of woman, I don’t say that lightly, but we still live in a world where being a mom isn’t considered a real job, men are paid more for doing the same work as women,...