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Farewell to Belle

Who Are We, not to Shine-

I started Belle of the Carnival as a fun outlet for writing and connecting with other like-minded people. It morphed into this beautiful place that I visited weekly sharing thoughts, ideas, and humorous antics along the way. I had the pleasure to connect with so many people throughout the years. […]

The Knack of Letting Go

raising children

Over the winter season my spacious home began to feel cluttered as if the walls were caving in from a junk pile of toys.  If you were to  wander up to the top floor of my home you would discover a small space overlooking a beautiful window that the sun […]

Join Me On My Journey

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I decided the best way to start the summer season is to begin a new project and am excited to announce my new weekly series The  Misadventures of a Struggling Granola at Channillo! This humorous column is about my healthy pursuits and everything in between while trying to master the […]

Inspiring Wins!

inspiration knows no boundaries

I am constantly thinking of goals that I have set for myself and the little wins I making in reaching towards those goals.  I look for inspiration from the people around me. It is through celebrating their achievements that I can build momentum to keep moving towards my own small […]

The Last Day of 2014

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I slid out of bed at 6:00 am this morning to organize the family and get ready for an excellent day of skiing. However, a  discovery was made as my husband opened the ski locker to begin loading our skis onto the back of the truck. He had a terrified […]

The Birthday Curmudgeon

Birthday Curmudgeon

Once upon a time there was a blogger who loved birthdays, presents, and celebrations then somewhere in her thirties. She became a Curmudgeon! That’s right a birthday curmudgeon! I blame it on turning thirty and then my body had the nerve to keep getting older. I know there is so […]

Waking Up and Being Present

Being Present

As I drove my youngest home from another sports practice my mind wandered with thoughts of to-do lists, meal plans, and weekly schedules. I was not in the present moment  as my mind raced with a million things to do.  In fact, I  have no idea what knocked me out […]

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