I sat next to a guy who I had a huge crush on in my high school World History class. We often had to do group work together so we would end up talking to each other. I'll never forget one day when I was wearing a light blue "tennis dress" that had short sleeves and… Continue reading To The Woman Who Doubts Herself
I had texted a friend: "I sensed from the trailer that there's gonna be something special about this movie, but I haven't seen it yet...what did you think?" Her response back was glowing: So powerful. I'll have to call you. Too much to text. It was unbelievable. This is such a monumental moment for our… Continue reading 10 Reasons “Black Panther” Is The Best Film You’ll See This Year
If you like matching or coordinating with your daughter(s) sometimes, but not the prices of specialty "mommy + me" outfits, check out some of these alternatives using clothing items that you probably already own! You don't have to go out and buy all new items when trying to have a cohesive look. Here are 7… Continue reading How To Make “Mommy + Me” Outfits From Items You Already Own
I had (what I thought was) an odd reaction watching Wonder Woman when it first came out. It was during one of the the opening scenes where the Amazonian women were training for battle that I found myself getting teary eyed. Why is this happening? I wondered. There is nothing sad or heartbreaking about this scene at all, I thought. And then it hit me...
On Valentine's Day, you might not receive a grand display of love or an eloquent tribute on social media. And though you know that the day is overhyped in general, perhaps you feel a bit disappointed. Or feel that someone else is having a better Valentine's Day than you are. Sometimes your spouse does not… Continue reading When Love Isn’t What We Think It Is | Thoughts On Valentine’s Day
One of the most common pieces of fashion advice you'll hear is the one about having a Little Black Dress (LBD): It's a wardrobe staple! It's versatile! It's timeless! All of these things are true. But what if you just don't like wearing a black dress? What if you rarely wear them? That's where a Little… Continue reading Tired of LBDs? Try a LBT | Frugal Fashion Friday #3
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Disney World photographers take between 100,000 and 200,000 photos of guests at their theme parks every day. Everyone in these photos is all smiles. (The sticker shock of buying the photos must not have sunk in yet). But Disney ain't always "The Happiest Place on Earth." The photo you won't see from the parks is one… Continue reading What REALLY Happens When We Choose Experiences Over Stuff
The snow lay like powdered sugar shaken liberally over the sidewalks and roads. Her cream stilettos were caked in the stuff, and it was beginning to seep into the cracks between her toes. Elaine trudged down the sidewalk and wished for a sunny beach in St. Thomas accompanied by a strawberry daiquiri; a paper… Continue reading “Helping Hearts” | Fiction
As a child, my front yard stretched up a small hill and into large, mysterious woods. I grew up surrounded by trees and have always felt most at home in places that are full of them. Maple trees are among my favorites. I originally wrote mostly about frugal living under the name "Fabulous Frugality," but… Continue reading “Fabulous Frugality” Is Now “Olive + Maple”