December 13th, 2015

3 Christmas Confessions

Take a deep breath.

Now exhale slowly …

“I have done nothing yet. I have not bought a single gift,” a friend texted me yesterday. I could feel her anxiety through my phone.

“I’ll be glad when Christmas is OVER,” I heard a lady say at the hair salon last week. “It’s all just too much.”

People, we are doing it again. Whether the cookies get baked, the presents

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November 12th, 2015

Getting ready to get ready

Here is our Advent calendar! Do you have one like it?

We’re talking about calendars, candles, and Advent preparations and their limitations in the Danielle Bean newsletter this week:

But here’s a funny thing about preparing ahead of time: you can’t actually do it. I know this from years of experience/failure. There were years when I had everything for Advent planned, from shopping, to baking, to wrapping, to hymns,

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November 6th, 2015

Honey & the Greatest Good

You know Honey, right? This week we are talking about the awesomest Pixar character we never saw, and being the greatest good your husband is is ever gonna get.

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Love you Honey!

October 29th, 2015

Brownies, Teen Boys & Important Stuff

After dinner Monday night, my husband and kids asked if we had anything for dessert. There was nothing. We rarely have an “official” dessert after dinner here, and they rarely ask, so I felt a little bad. I did remember a brownie mix in the pantry, though, and promised I could make them that evening.

After dinner, I kept busy with work while football played in the other room. I

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October 22nd, 2015

Can we talk about the laundry?

Back when I was blogging regularly, whenever my husband Dan found me working on a piece of writing, he used to tease, “Let me guess … something about laundry?” So maybe I wrote about laundry a little bit.

I bet you’re not judging me. After all, the laundry we shall always have with us. Every woman knows this truth, though every one of us does her best to avoid it.

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October 15th, 2015

But what if you don’t feel like Wonder Woman?

After receiving my first newsletter last week, a reader sent me the following:

Your message was spot on about Wonder Woman, but sometimes I forget to do some of these things and get frustrated. I had my 7th baby in January of this year and ever since, I feel more like Horriblewoman, forgetting things, feeling overwhelmed, wanting to sign up to help out at moms groups, but winding up not

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