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Helpful Holidays: My Favorite Fair Trade Gifts

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In anticipation of Black Friday and the kickoff of the holiday season next week, I’m starting a little series called Helpful Holiday, in which I share a few of my faaaaaaaavorite thiiiiiiiiiiiings (singing and dancing in the Alps optional) for your consideration as holiday (or anytime!) gifts. This week’s installment is …

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Helpful Holidays: Fighting Human Trafficking

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Ohio has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the country (source), but we are also fortunate to have many forces, large and small, fighting the problem. As part 1 of my Helpful Holidays series, I’d like to highlight some of these fantastic organizations and institutions and encourage …

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To My Child After the Grown-ups Failed

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Dear Baby, It’s taken me almost a week to write this post, partly because you haven’t slept particularly well since last Wednesday. (Are you regressing to the newborn stage in solidarity with our country setting itself back to 1952? Making Fire Monkey great again?!) But mostly because I have been …

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Cards Against Complacency

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I’ve been at Ohio State’s campus quite a bit in the last few weeks promoting Sseko founder Liz Bohannon’s visit to the university. In some ways I still feel and could probably look like a college student, particularly since my “capsule wardrobe” is really just 10 pairs of black leggings …

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Blog Launch Giveaway!

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To celebrate the grown-up version of A-minus Mama (although I will probably never *actually* be a grown-up), I am running my first giveaway! The prize is a fair-trade, organic tote from The Tote Project. It was sewn by women in India who are exiting the sex trade and profits benefit Two …

Great Expectations

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I’m resurrecting and remixing this post from three years ago because the mind-blowing wisdom of it rings truer now than ever before in the new light of marriage and parenthood. Before 2011 I would say I was a very goal-oriented, moderately driven and perfectionistic person. What I wanted, I got, …

Week 29 – Flying Solo

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Science Guy was out of town for a conference this week so I spent the last five days home alone for what is likely the last time for at least 15 years. (Which I have to admit is mildly terrifying to an avowed introvert like me.) Before he left, I …

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Week 26 – Phenomenal Women

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Impending motherhood has changed my perspective on, well, everything, but in particular I feel connected to the women in my community in a new way. At the beginning of the week, we had a meeting of children’s ministry workers for our church, and I left feeling so refreshed by the company …

Week 23 – Size Matters

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You know, when we came back from Thanksgiving break, I kind of thought you might be pregnant. But I didn’t ask because…well, that would be rude, you know? Like what if you had just eaten a bunch of turkey or something? -a student that I fortunately happen to like a …

Week 22 – Dear Baby

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Dear Baby, Happy new year, baby! It’s 2016 now and unfortunately you’ll have to get really good at subtracting 16 in order to remember how old you are. (Sorry not sorry we didn’t wait 4 years to birth you in a nice round number year.) You’ll be arriving in four months …