Author Archive | Brenda Steffen

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Nine No Fail New Year’s Resolutions

Why hello there, January. You kind of snuck up on me. I’m still busy over here cleaning up from Christmas, trying to decide whether to keep that half-used wrapping paper for next year. And now you’re shouting at me to make some lofty goals for this year, like eat healthier, get fit, and generally improve […]

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The 10 Commandments of Gift Giving

Hi ho, hi ho, Christmas is a go! Gear up and get your sparkle on: ’tis the season for sugar cookie consumption overload. Stock up on wrapping paper too, because it’s also gift giving time. Black Friday isn’t just creeping around the corner. It’s barreling towards us. Every store is knocking us over with Christmas […]

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Fly It Out : Travel Tips with a Tot in Tow

Fly It Out: Travel Tips with a Tot in Tow

Over the years, I’ve read a lot of travel tips for parents, often written by people who managed to schlep through an airport with their spouse and a baby, on a 90-minute flight with no layover, whining about how difficult it is to travel with children. It can be difficult, but it can also be […]

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The Business of Adulting: Five Things You Really Should Do Once You Have Children

I remember laughing with a work colleague when we found out a married couple we knew were actually years younger than us. How could people younger than us be married? Both of us were on the verge of our 30s at the time, and yet, nearly a decade post-college graduation, we still didn’t feel like […]

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How to be a Savvy Secondhand Shopper

How to be a Savvy Secondhand Shopper: Thrifting Tips from a Self-Proclaimed Professional

The week before I started kindergarten, I had one outfit to my name. ONE. My father had been laid off from his job, and whatever hand-me-downs I had from my older brother, no longer fit. Somewhat miraculously, my mother discovered a thrift store that had recently opened in the basement of someone’s home, and she […]

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