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Three Reasons Christmas Should Start Before Thanksgiving

It's mean to withhold the magic of Christmas from the kids, and I just couldn't do it any longer. Lights on, tree up.

And I've discovered three big reasons besides these girls, why Christmas should always start before Thanksgiving.

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There Are More Veterans in Your Family Tree Than You Think

If my dad gets a free hour, we can usually find him digging around on Ancestry.com. He loves it, and he's made some interesting discoveries along the way.

Pop is Navy Veteran that served in Vietnam, and he's learned that the other veterans in our family served in the Civil and Revolutionary Wars.  I bet you've got these veterans in your family too.

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What Drives You To The Polls on Election Day?

Doesn't it feel good to vote?  I think it does.

There are things that motivate us to get to the polls, besides the obvious opportunity to weigh in on the next four years.

The kids are talking about the election at school, and if Mama doesn't vote, they will be on my case!  What else encourages you to get to the polls?

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This Early Voting Experience Was Smooth

Part of the idea behind early voting is to help us avoid long lines on Election Day, but early voting has become so popular that we sometimes hit long lines there too.

I think I may have discovered the best time of day to go, to avoid long lines. Oh, and I voted for...

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My Halloween Decorations Won’t Win Any Contest

Good luck today with your office cubicle decorating contest.  You are rockin' those cob webs.

I have failed my children with my lack of Halloween decorations, so my 6-year old decided to take matters into her own hands and make something festive on her own.  And then the sprinkler system hit it.

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This Just In. Dogs Don’t Want To Go Outside in the Rain!

My dog would high five this dog and say Amen.

A friend of mine was staring at her phone and couldn't stop laughing, and I asked her what in the heck was so funny.  This dog!  She shared it with me, and I am sharing with you.  Pet owners will relate.

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Who Left A Chicken Bone In The Shopping Cart?

I found this while I was out running errands this week. Somebody apparently polished off a chicken wing and left the bone in the shopping cart.

What in the world?!  I have so many questions for this person.  Like, where are the rest of the wings?  No one can eat just one.

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Why Do We Dress Up For Halloween Anyway?

We carry around a secret inner desire to be Flo from Progressive all year long, and finally at Halloween we let her out!  Is that it?

The kids might have questions about Halloween, so I did some research to prep us. 

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Ladies, What Size Are Your Pants?

Girls, we're getting larger.  The average clothing size for women in America is higher than it's ever been, and our waist size has expanded by 2.6 inches over the past twenty years.

And you love us just the same, right guys?  Good answer.

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Halloween Haunts My Pets

Dogs are so cool for tolerating our holidays.  The 4th of July is noisy and hurts their ears, and when Halloween rolls around they have to wear uncomfortable outfits and take humiliating pictures for our social media pages.

Halloween is the worst day of the year for my dogs.

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