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in Fashion, Lifestyle, Working-Mom

How to Dress in Your Workplace

What you should wear to work greatly depends on where you work and what dress code is preferred. Some offices insist on traditionally professional clothes, while others don’t. The general rule is that you are expected to look sharp and professional in any case. If you want to express your individuality and style and get out of lifeless office attire, a trend called business casual is the way to go.

Business casual is somewhere in the middle between very formal and casual, but the spectrum is large. Normally, you can mix traditional office clothing with more relaxed pieces and add a personal touch, while still keeping the business look.

The best way to build your work wardrobe is to get all the essential pieces and make smart combinations. Here is our checklist and some suggestions.

woman pants

Pants

When you find the perfect pants, you are half way there. They should always be sharp and professional, with a slim, bootcut or trouser silhouette, and in solid colours. In case jeans are allowed, stick to dark washes or black jeans. Avoid any prints and embellishments, striped or checkered pants and bright colours. You can combine classic work pants with a matching jacket and pumps or boots, and you’ll have more room for colour and style with your blouse.

Blouse

The Blouse

A basic blouse is a staple in any woman’s work wardrobe, and you should choose something in solid colours or very simple prints. Building around your white, pink and baby blue blouses is a great start. You can layer them with a cardigan, a blazer or a jacket. You can wear them tucked in with dark jeans for a more casual look and get more colourful if your workplace allows it.

work dress for woman

Skirts and Dresses

Skirts and dresses are a great alternative to the work pants. An elegant pencil skirt can be worn with shirts, blouses, cardigans and blazers. Work dresses are the perfect choice to express your femininity and corporate chic. They are usually short sleeved or sleeveless and worn with a blazer. Both skirts and dresses can be worn with flats and pumps, or boots in the winter. Depending on the situation and the season, go for bright or darker tones, but always choose something toned down.

Suits

Suits

Nothing emphasizes the professional look more than a work suit, and it can be a pants suit or a skirt suit. Suits provide you with many more options than it might seem at first. You can wear them as matching sets with an interesting blouse, or you can split them into separates and combine jackets with different skirts for example, which gives you plenty of room for creativity especially if you move out of the monochromatic scheme.

Blazers and Jackets

Blazers and Jackets

These are also staple pieces in your work wardrobe, and you should probably have a wide selection of them from basic to business. If your office prefers a formal dress code, a universal structured blazer with one or two buttons will be perfect. If you have more room to be casual, you can go for an unstructured silhouettes, soft jackets, or longer looser jackets for a fashion statement. You can even wear a cropped blazer if it matches well with a work dress for example.

Remember to always wear something that fits you well, and flatters your body shape. If you really want to add a personal touch to your work clothing, do it via accessories and jewelry, but never go overboard. It is all about combining well and matching colours. 

in Food, Lifestyle

DIY Guide to Creating a Diaper Cake on a Budget

Diaper cakes are a great baby shower decoration, but they also make for great baby shower gifts. With the state of the economy the way it is, though, who can afford to buy one? Just as with any gift, when it comes from the heart and is handmade, it’s far more special. And cost effective. Here’s how to make your own diaper cake and it’s sure to be just as cute as anything you’ve seen. It’s easy too!

Diaper Cake
Image by swaddlestar via Flickr

Coming Up With the Plan

The first step is to determine what sort of cake you want to make. Do you want something short and simple? Or perhaps an ultra-layer cake? No matter what kind of cake you feel like making, you should start with a photo. Find something online that you like the look of and follow our simple steps to make a cake that’s sure to be a hit.

The below instructions outline how to make a diaper cake of three tiers. This is an impressive, beautiful, and cost-effective option that really isn’t that hard to build. If you can tie a bow and open diaper boxes, you can make this cake.

Supplies for the Diaper Cake

The basic supplies for this cake are:

  • Small rubber bands
  • Tape
  • Diapers
  • Large rubber bands
  • Card board
  • Ribbons
  • Pacifiers
  • Bows in pink or baby blue
  • Small stuffed toys
  • Any other cute small baby items to decorate the cake with.

Time To Get Started

The first decision you will need to make when creating the diaper cake, like the nappy cakes by Baby Gift Box, is how big it is going to be and what size diapers you want to use. Three tier cakes are really cute and can use different size diapers for each level. However, you can also use the same size diapers for each of the three levels. If you choose to use different size diapers, you can purchase a large box of each size. If you opt for using all the same size diapers, get three large boxes or even a super-sized box.

Step 1: Roll all the diapers sort of like a burrito and as tightly as possible. Use the rubber bands or tape to keep them rolled up.

Step 2: If you bought the box of diapers, you can use that box, otherwise get another cardboard source. Cut out three circles: the larges circle should be 18-20 inches in diameter. The next circle should be 3 inches smaller, and the next three inches smaller than the last.

Step 3: Arrange your rolled up diapers on the largest circle and starting at the centre, work your way outwards. To keep the cake stable, use rubber bands at intervals. Once you reach the edge of the circle, tie the diapers together using a ribbon. This will hold the cake together and add a pretty finishing touch. Now repeat this process with the last two layers.

Step 4: Finally, stake the layers on top of one another and decorate your diaper cake with all the extras you have gathered. It’s a really nice touch, if you like, to add a cake topper of sorts, such as a doll, stuffed bear, or even a framed photo of the ultrasound.

Step 5: Present your masterpiece to the mother and father to be and enjoy the look of surprise on their faces!

This is a very fun gift to make as you get to personalise it depending on the baby’s gender and the parents’ tastes and needs. Make sure all the items in the diaper cake are not just for display and that the baby and the parents will actually benefit from it. 

in Lifestyle, Relationship

5 Amazing Things you can do for Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is getting closer and closer, and you’re probably already thinking about things to do with your significant other. You’re looking for gifts to buy and ways to make this day remarkable, and that’s how you discovered this article. In that case, read on, but remember – you’re the only one to know for sure what the best option may be. All we can do is give some suggestions and propose ideas you never thought of so far.

Valentine’s Day 2016

1). Let him/her organize everything, without involving you in the planning part

Ok, so, you haven’t even started the planning, and here we are, suggesting that you opt out entirely. That’s unheard of, isn’t it? Well, even though it may seem like an easy way out, or, even worse, like the behavior of a person who doesn’t care enough about their significant other, bear with us, the logical explanation is coming. First of all, you should only let them organize everything if you both agreed on it beforehand. Because, while you are here, reading this article thinking what you might do on Valentine’s Day, your significant other might already have a great idea. Maybe they want to surprise you by taking you somewhere you wanted to go for a long time. Maybe they want to do a series of surprising things that day, and if so, let them. Once more, we need to say that this idea is only valid if previously discussed and agreed upon by both partner. You shouldn’t get angry at them if they don’t throw you a surprise party just because you read about that possibility online. All we’re saying is – if your “special someone” suggests that they organize the whole thing, just let them. It might turn out to be the perfect thing

2). Recreate your first date

Have you ever heard of those reenactment clubs, the ones that create the perfect scenery and historically accurate costumes to bring a historic event back to life? You probably did, and they all reenact an important moment of history. Another thing they have in common is: they all love the era that they’re reenacting. So, be like them! You must love the memory of the early days of your relationship, and you probably think it’s an important event in your life. If you still have the clothes you wore on that first date, even better! This is an especially appealing option for people who are in long term relationships or maybe even married. It will make your relationship feel fresh, and bringing up all those memories will make the bond between the two of you even stronger.

3). Do something you’ve never done so far

Now, here’s an entirely different suggestion. Doing things you’ve never done so far, whether alone or with other people, is a new experience that forces you leave your comfort zone. Like all the events of this nature, it can boost your energy and your adrenaline levels. We’re not suggesting you go bungee jumping (though that’s a great choice too!) – but going to a club and staying out till dawn will do too, especially if it’s a club you never went to before and you’re generally not the one to stay up all night. Doing something will not only create new memories for you and your significant other, it will also strengthen the bond between the two of you. Remember those adrenaline levels we mentioned above? Well, they don’t only increase in an entirely new situation, they also increase when you first fall in love. So, by increasing them in the company of your special someone, you let your brain know that there’s passion involved between the two of you. What a great way to boost your feelings if your relationship has been in a rut lately, right?

4). Take a short trip out of town

Here’s another thing you can do to strengthen the bond between the two of you. Find a magical couple’s retreat, and treat yourself and your significant other to a spa day, breakfast in bed, room service, Jacuzzi baths, and all the other pampering experiences that couple’s retreats have to offer.  Enjoy not only the relaxing atmosphere and scenery, but also the time you will get to spend with the person you love. In your daily lives, you both probably have too much obligations and duties to be with each other all the time. Having other things to do is perfectly normal, in fact it’s even healthy for your relationship, but every once in awhile, you need to shut down everything else and be with them, in the present moment. Don’t forget to turn off your phones and your computers, and shut off all the other distractions you may face even if you elope.

5). Pizza & Movies night on your couch

Wow, this one doesn’t really sound romantic or glamorous, does it? True, it doesn’t, especially not when compared to the tip given right above. But, you know what, at times, you know that this is just the kind of night you need. Maybe you’ve both been too busy to just spend some quality time together. Maybe you’re just too tired to do anything else and you want to do is just relax and enjoy the time spent in your own home. And finally, when you’re in a long term relationship, most of the days you spend with your significant other are not going to be glamorous, but if you love the other person, you should learn to see something special and romantic in every moment that you spend together. This way of looking at your relationship will help you last longer as a couple. We are by no means suggesting that romance can’t be found in dressing up and dining out in an exclusive restaurant, because it can. But we’re definitely suggesting that you should be able to find it in your kitchen wearing your comfy clothes too. And maybe you should use this Valentine’s Day to learn how to something special in every little thing in your relationship, not just in those glamorous dates.

In the introduction, we stated that you’re the only one who can decide on the right thing to do for Valentine’s Day. There’s no right answer, no wrong answer, as all these activities may at one point be the right thing in any relationship. After we listed these five very different ideas, we will give you the last piece of advice, the crucial one: how do you decide? How can you know what’s the right thing to do? Well, it’s easier than you thought, and you already know it. When you read this list, maybe you liked all the ideas, but you were instantly drawn only to one of them. That’s the thing to do. And finally, reading through this list maybe made you realize that you don’t want to do any of the above, but it made you think of something else, something you definitely want to do. Whatever you choose, if our choice comes from your heart, you’ll know that it was the right thing. 

in Family-Life, Lifestyle

Understanding Water and Need of RO Water Systems for Your Family

Every mom are worried about her family’s daily needs. They will never compromise and never disappoint their family member. Her main aim to provide best things to loved ones such as food, water, clothes, etc. When we talk about water, then we need to think about the RO water system in our home. We should have a better RO system for the home.

In this article, you will get all the necessary information about RO System:

If you want the water that is free of odour and tastes clean then you cannot rely on the municipal water supply that gushes out of your taps. Demand for clean and pure water has always been there and it had resulted in the popularity of the clean bottled water for drinking. The sale of the bottled water increased tremendously. But the problem with bottled water is that it is expensive and does not support the green cause because of the amount of plastic it uses. This is the reason why water purifiers by the brands started becoming popular. The water purifiers such as RO water systems are not only capable of getting rid of all the germs and impurities but they also taste good and have great health benefits. Also, they help consumers save a lot of money which otherwise gets spent on the bottled water. There are different types of water purifiers available in the market and among them RO water systems are quite popular.

Concerns Related to Drinking Impure Water

To understand the importance of the water purifiers such as RO water systems, it is important to understand the need for drinking the pure water free of impurities. In most of the developed countries, the water that is supplied by the municipality and that comes directly from the taps is usually fit for drinking. Whether the water is coming from the municipal supply or has been taken out after digging, it has to meet certain government regulations before it is deemed fit for drinking. This makes sure that the people drinking the water do not fall sick. But the truth is that even if the regulations are being met, the water may still contain impurities not really good for health. It may have bad effect on the health in the long term.

The amount and types of impurities in the water depend a great deal upon the surroundings from where the water supply is coming. For example, if the water is being supplied from the source close to the industries, production centres, or agricultural lands, it may contain the chemical impurities. If you own your own water well then you have greater control over the level of purity in the water than the person who is getting water from the municipal supplies.

Regardless of the water supply, the most common items of impurities found in the water are heavy metals (copper, lead, and mercury), chlorine, herbicides, and pesticides. Chlorine is usually added to water to disinfect it but it badly affects the smell and taste of water. It is okay to consume chlorine through water in the right amount. However, the other impurities must not be present in water at all. These impurities can cause many health related problems whether short-term or long-term. This is the reason why it becomes extremely important to install a water purifier in the house such as RO water systems. They will clean your water and make it free from the impurities. You will be able to drink clean and tasty water.

 

in Culture, Fashion, Lifestyle

The Exotic Cultural Beauty of Indian Silk Sarees

When you think about Indian Cultural and Traditional cloths then sarees is the topmost in the list. Today, I am going to explain you about Silk Sarees, which are most famous among Indian women.

Sarees are one of the traditional Indian dresses for mom. The Indian market holds important position in the global market when it comes to Indian silk sarees. So choosing best silk sarees is never a problem in India. The beauty of Indian silk sarees is felt over here. You should not give a second thought for choosing this place for your product. You can celebrate your choice if you are choosing the product from here. The beauty of a woman is embellished with the beauty of sarees.

The silk sarees that you will get from here have very different style and designs. You can get wide ranges of silk sarees from here. Most popular Indian silk sarees include Banarasi, Bandhi, Kanchipuram, Thanchoi, Patola, and various others. You will always get the right kind of products from here. Choosing any kind of sarees is not at all a problem if you are making your choice from here. You will love the exclusive collections that they offer for the customers. It is the best destination for Indian silk sarees.

Various Silk Products

If you have any doubt regarding the products then you can go through the following points. Some of the products are discussed below for your convenience.

  • Banarasi: As you know that Banarasi is the most popular and expensive saree in India. Therefore, they provide beautiful designs for this product, which gives you the right value of your money. They are woven with gold and silver threads and the designs are excusive.
  • Kanchipuram: Kanchipuram sarees are world famous. You must choose your product from here to get products of vibrant color and designs. These are hand woven products that come with stripes, checks, and various other designs.
  • Bandhni: these traditional sarees are very famous in Gujarat and Rajasthan. They come with various designs and patterns that are worth choosing. You can undoubtedly choose your Bandhni sarees from here.
  • Thanchoi: These sarees are very different from the traditional sarees. It has attractive designs and decoration that makes your choice bright one.
  • Patola silk: It comes with beautiful and vibrant color. The designs are so beautiful that you cannot afford to overlook it. You can get best patola silk from here.

Best silk sarees for radiant life

These silk sarees can make your life radiant and bright. If you are looking for best destination for silk sarees then it has to be this one. There is no doubt about the fact that they provide huge ranges of product for the customers. You will never be disappointed if you are choosing your product from here. Silk sarees are very beautiful and choosing it from here makes it even more beautiful. Therefore, to get the right product you must make a right choice. You should not wait any longer to find the right kind of silk sarees for you.

If you would like to know more then visit Mamey Di Hatti, you will get better idea.

in Lifestyle, Valentine

Brighten Up Your Gifting Skills!

Gifting a loved one something is one way of colouring their life in a bright way. You are spicing things up for them; you are making certain events or occasions even more vibrant for them.

valentine gift

Whether you are thinking of sending valentine gifts or buying something cool for a birthday, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. But here are some interesting facts about certain colours and what they mean, to help you choose a perfectly hued gift.

    1. Red – This is one colour that most of us love seeing because it is associated with so many interesting and fun things such as cherries used as toppings on cakes, Santa’s clothes, a lady’s lipstick, toffees, and, of course, love. But red is also associated with a few other emotions and things such as warmth, anger, speed, strength, heat, energy and socialism. Red is also the favourite colour to indicate a dangerous activity, place or anything else that may be harmful to people in general. So if you’re looking for an eye-catching shade, this is it.
    2. Pink – We all know that most girls are fond of the colour pink. Men and boys too are today warming up to baby pink shirts and other items. But generally, this colour is associated with prettiness, cuteness, womanliness and nurturing nature.
  1. Purple – Once considered a very rich colour to own, in terms of clothes, this colour is still associated with royal, expensive and classy things. That is why you find many popular emblems and logos of various establishments in this colour. Apart from indicating royalty, elegance and wealth, this colour has also been associated with luxury, magic and mystery.
  2. Black – A controversial colour, there are numerous ways in which this colour can use used; some good and some bad. Black can be used to describe boldness, elegance, formality, power and authority. Some people like sticking to black in clothes and many accessories because they look very elegant. But this colour is also known to depict the darker things of life such as depression, pain, death and horror.
  3. White – A favourite colour of many people, this is generally associated with positive things such as brightness, cleanliness, purity, innocence and novelty. This colour is also used to depict ice, snow and cold, in general. But some people also use white as a colour of death, as many shrouds are actually just plain, white sheets.
gift for your girlfriend

When it comes to selecting the right gifts, there is no colour scheme that you must follow. Just select the colour that best suits the object that you are gifting. If you know the favourite colour of the person you are planning to gift too, then take that into consideration too.

in Family-Life, Lifestyle

Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Mom

The smell of fir trees, the sounds of holiday music, and the sparkle of lights can only mean one thing: Christmas is fast approaching again! Who doesn’t enjoy the festive celebrations of Christmas time? The holidays can be the best time and most stressful time of year. Finding the right present at the right price for your friends and family can be both time-consuming and very rewarding.

If you are looking to send your mom, an aunt, your grandma, or another female relative something extra special this year, then you have come to the right place. Below are some thoughtful Christmas gift ideas for Mom that will warm her heart with joy.

Very Jolly Christmas Tree with Decoration

Very Jolly Christmas Tree with Decorations by From You Flowers

This real mini Cypress tree makes a unique and festive gift that your mom will love and is a great way for her to spruce up her Christmas décor. It arrives fresh to her door in a box and gives her the pleasure of putting lights and ornaments on herself. This holiday tree is a beautiful embodiment of the Christmas spirit, without the mess and clean up that comes with a larger Christmas tree. This alone can make any mom a jolly one.

Christmas Cheer with Holiday Pick

Christmas Cheer with Holiday Pick by From You Flowers

White roses, red roses, red mini carnations, and white waxflower are expertly arranged in a traditional clear glass vase. The flowers are complemented by festive ornaments and a “Merry Christmas” pick. If you live far from your mom or just can’t spend Christmas with her this year, this gift is a beautiful way to deliver your Christmas wishes and remind your mom how much you love and miss her.

Santa’s Surprise

Santa's Surprise by From You Flowers

Surprise your mom with this elegant and extravagant bouquet. This antique-inspired silver vase contains red mini carnations, white mums, and branches of fresh holly. As an extra festive touch, the bouquet also contains silver ornaments. Moms usually don’t expect or ask for anything from their kids. This will make this surprise extra special because this year Santa came for her too.

Sweet Candy Cane Rose Bouquet

Sweet Candy Cane Rose Bouquet by From You Flowers

Remind your mom that she is the sweetest. This bouquet is ideal for candy or peppermint lovers. It beautifully mirrors a holiday favorite – the candy cane. Candy canes are usually one of the last decorations put on a tree. They make the tree pop and are delicious too! Two Candy canes top off this bouquet making it an extra sweet surprise.

Shimmering Bright Holiday Gift

Shimmering Bright Holiday Gift by From You Flowers

Don’t think a floral arrangement makes a suitable gift? This floral arrangement says otherwise. This whole arrangement shimmers with Christmas spirit. Red roses, red carnations, and red hypericum are hand arranged in a gift box inspired vase. The glitter gift box vase makes this arrangement really stand out, with bright holiday colors that add to the beautiful presentation. Place this gift under the tree or have it delivered; either way your mom is sure to be blown away!

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in Lifestyle, Working-Mom

Work is really cramping my style

In one year, I went from being full-time stay-at-home-mom, to being full-time working-at-home-and-outside-the-home single mom.

I’m freakin’ exhausted.

For the most part, I can say that I have no problem working as hard as I do.  I’m lucky enough to enjoy the things I do for a living.  But that doesn’t mean that working doesn’t cramp my style every now and then.

Take today for example.

I rearranged my entire work schedule to take my daughter to her Girl Scout swim party.  The amount of working-mommy guilt I have been feeling since summer began was just flat-out gross, so this was the perfect day to throw my hands in the air and just be with the kids.

And guess what?  It’s raining and the pool party has been rescheduled to a day I am
–wait, can you guess it?–
working.

Then I see this super-fun bloggers event at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia on
–wait, can you guess it?–
a Monday.

When I’m working.

in Lifestyle

{Wordful Wednesday} This is what relaxation looks like…

It’s amazing what a few days in the sunshine will do for your mind, body, and soul.  This picture taken on a recent escape represents so very much to me.

The color of the sky, water and palm trees is so tranquil, and has inspired me to bring these colors into my own home so that I can enjoy the sense of peace they bring to me every day.

The fact that I instantly looked at those closed umbrellas and saw something “naughty” reminds me to be silly and not take everything so seriously.Laughing is certainly one of the best remedies.

And, most significantly, seeing my feet side-by-side with a man I am deeply in love with makes me feel so confident in the path my life is taking.

in Facts, Lifestyle

10 Most Inspirational People {in my life}

Another question from our drive to Vermont was to list 10 people who inspire us, and why.  At first I thought it was going to be hard to come up with ten people, but in the end, it was hard to come up with just ten people.  Here are the ten people who most inspire me and why:

My Son


The way my son handles the adversity he faces due to his food allergies is inspirational.  Each one of us faces challenges of our own, and could learn a lesson from him. Very, very rarely is it him who shows frustration when he gets left out of special treats at school, or can’t share the same meal as everyone at the table at family parties.  Usually it’s me. 

My Daughter


My daughter inspires me to be my best self, because after all, I am her biggest role model and she is watching me closely every day.  She inspires me to not look into the mirror and complain about my stomach or thighs, because I don’t want her to have poor body image.  She inspires me to be kind to people who aren’t kind, to show her that it’s far more important to love than to hate.  When I make poor choices, her presence inspires me to handle them in a way that shows her that everyone {even Mommy!} makes mistakes, and you should take responsibility for your actions and do the best you can in the future. 

My Mom


I could easily list a hundred reasons why my mom inspires me, and the list truly grows daily, but one thing that instantly sticks out in my mind is that my mom has the ability to cut people out of her life who aren’t adding anything positive to it.  She doesn’t allow negative people to drain her energy, and that is something I allow far too much.  I often ask myself WWTD {What Would Trish Do?} when I am feeling drained.  The way she cuts the negativity is never with drama or rudely, she just choose that they aren’t worth her energy and let’s it go. 

My Step-Dad


My step-dad has been in my life for longer than I can remember, and up until recently, I didn’t truly understand the depth of one of the things I’m most inspired by.  He has always, always treated me as his own, and loved me unconditionally–and as a divorced mom of two, this really strikes a chord with me.   Also, I’m not sure I can even count on one hand the number of times he has said something bad about another person.  He simply exudes so much love for the people around him that you can’t help but smile when you are with him.  He inspires me to be genuine in my relationships, and find the good in every person I meet.     

My Sisters


My sisters are both brilliant, and beautiful, and witty, and independent–and I do not think I am just biast. They are both such strong women, each with great heads on their shoulders filled with their own ideas on life.  They both inspire me to believe in myself, and my choices; to be a strong, independent woman like they are.  And it’s funny, I am the oldest and yet I look “up” to them both so much.   

My “Boyfriend”


Side Note:  Writing that just makes me giddy. I believe he came into my life for a reason, and there are many ways he inspires me.  But, most importantly, he gives me a reason to be motivated {or find motivation!} in everything that I do from mundane tasks to big decisions.  It’s very hard to find motivation when you are a single parent, working 2+ jobs, trying to stay a size 4, and trying to get eight hours of shut eye.  But, he believes in me, and that alone gives me the motivation I need when I truly can’t find it anywhere else. 

My Aunt Serena


Serena’s energy is contagious. And although if I had just a tenth of her energy, I’m sure I could move mountains, what inspires me the most about her is her spirtuality.  My fellow “black sheep” and monkey, Serena has been a buddist for longer than I can remember, and is a firm believer in the power of positive thinking, the Chinese Astrological Calendar, and being a GOOD person, which is certain to have exponential paybacks.  Her intuitive spirituality inspires me to think outside the box as I struggle with finding my own faith-path. 

My Cousin Jessica


A spring-chicken “just” six months younger than me, my cousin Jessica has confidence that is contagious.  I used to be a snob.  I used to think my $hit didn’t stink.  “Used to” is the key phrase.  I’m not sure when my confidence level became a thing of the past, but when I am around Jessica, she inspires me to look deep inside myself and find it. 

My Cousin Laura


Laura is a single full-time working mom, and she takes on the world.  She is *SUCH* a good mom.  She inspires me to fight through the exhaustion I often feel in so many avenues in life, and inspires me to make every moment special for my kids because that is what is most important at the end of the day.

My Girlfriend Allison


Allison is remarkable.  Not only does she never sleep because two of her three young sons have Diabetes and she is usually up around the clock making sure they are ok and getting the medicine they need, but her family just lost almost every single thing they own in Hurricane Sandy.  Yet you can run into her any given day and she is full of positive spirit and sincerely happy.  She is also the only other person in my life who not only shares my addiction of selling things on craigslist and returning items previously used, but is better at it than me. That alone is inspirational enough

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