There Are Days

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There are days when you just need someone to grab you by the hand, and tell you don’t worry, everything works out okay.  Days when the kids are finally in bed and you can process the over-the-top post-toddler tantrum that happened earlier in the day, and you’re fairly certain that you need to call in an exorcist. Days when you have to listen to your child explain why another child threw a football at his head in reaction to your own child's impulsive act that was meant as an extension of friendship. Days when the only thing you can do...
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Shine IN

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I’m tired already and it’s only been a week. A week since I walked into my child’s school, met with his teacher, another teacher, and the principal. A week since I asked, “Why aren’t you seeing that my 4th grader has dyslexia?” and was met with the response that they “didn’t see any indications of it.” I wore my poker face as best I could when they said, “Nope, I haven’t noticed anything unusual.” I looked at his teacher, who’d marked up his paper (with the b’s and d’s still backward) at the bottom in perfect red penmanship, “You need...
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How To Paint A Glitter Wall

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Into every life a little glitter must fall - isn't that the way the saying goes? Some lives like a little more glitter than others. Enter BabyShine - bless her heart, she was simply born into it, surrounded by her glitter-crazy mama and three super fun, super glittery, super wild-and-crazy older sisters. We wanted an accent wall in her bedroom, and what better than glitter to accent, well, just about anything? After spending hours upon hours researching the most cost effective route, we were down to three options: Disney paint from Lowe's. (Not sparkly enough.) Plain pain with shimmer packets. (Not...
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Simply Shine

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Some days you find yourself in a "back up and punt" situation. You know, where you thought you were running towards the end zone, and instead find yourself heading back to square one to try something else. Case in point: this year I have big goals and dreams. Lots of avenues. Lots of goals and dreams for each of those avenues. I bought this shiny new planner with tons of space for all my overachiever-ness to write all the things I'd be doing. And then one-week-into-the-new-year happened and my Mary heart wanted to chuck this big ol' Martha-to-do-list right out the window...
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2016: Your Year To Shine

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How in the world did another year pass by? Here we are, staring 2016 smack in the face, wondering how it was JUST JULY yet we're two days away from JANUARY. 2015 ushered in a plethora of newness, - some good, some not-so-good - for many in the SHINEfamily. 2016? It's still a few days away. It's shiny and new and smells like joy and unicorns and cake. So full of promise and hope for all the giants we can slay and mountains we can conquer. But if we're not careful, 12 months from now we'll be wondering how another...
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