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If These Walls Could Talk

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My Favorite EraIn the fall, my daughter and I joined a Cinemark theater full of other girls ranging in age from five to forty-five for Taylor Swift’s Eras concert film. … Let me just say, “WOW!” There was so much glitter, sequins, and red lipstick, and even though we were watching on a screen, those little girls (and who am I kidding, us moms, too) were dancing and singing to over 40 of Taylor Swift’s best songs across each of her 10 “eras,” or albums, as if we were there in person on the front row. … If I’m being honest, I am not the biggest or best Taylor Swift fan, or “Swiftie”

The Monthly Mix

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Athleisure … Athleisure has taken over, and we are here for it! The athleisure trend has gained immense popularity for its comfort and the ability to transition from the gym to social settings, reflecting a more active and health-conscious lifestyle in contemporary fashion.

TXK 411

Immunity Boosters … A healthy immune system is essential for defending the body against infections and illnesses. While managing stress, regular exercise, quality sleep, and staying hydrated are natural immune boosters, your body also needs a balanced diet with specific vitamins and minerals. To feel your best in 2024, make sure you are getting a healthy supply of the following vitamins and minerals. … VITAMIN C is the most effective nutrient the human body can absorb. It protects against immune system insufficiencies and cardiovascular disease. … Sources:

Publisher's Letter

My personal journey with weight loss seems like a revolving door. I may be able to enter the door to health and wellness with enthusiasm, but I end up exiting with a bag of chips! Being the “right” size has never come naturally. As a matter of fact, I seem to be able to pack on the pounds without much effort. Society standards tell us we should be one thing, but seemingly our body achieves something entirely different and yo-yo dieting becomes the norm. … I have been drawn to all the fads.

TXK 411

Bow-tie-ful, How to Tie the Perfect BowSTEP ONE … Drape the ribbon on the front of the box down the middle, ensuring that one end of the ribbon is slightly shorter than the other. … STEP TWO … While keeping your thumb on the ribbon, wrap the long side completely around the box bringing it to the front side of the box. … STEP THREE … Cross the two pieces in the front of the box. … STEP FOUR … While holding the short end tight, bring the long end across the center of the box. … STEP FIVE … Tuck the long end under the crossed ribbon and create a bunny ear.

The Spirit of Christmas

At the tip top of a very special Christmas tree at Jennifer and Darby Doan’s sits a splendid little star. It was handcrafted by their oldest daughter during her time as a student at St. James Day School. The toilet paper core, painted green and crowned with a sparkly paper star, holds a special role as the official tree topper. Though they set up several trees each year, this one holds all the ornaments that their daughters, Katherine Anne and Johanna Claire, have made or collected over the years, and in the center, they tuck in a collection of Beanie Babies from when their girls were small.

My Drift

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“GiGi, don’t you have this one?” … My seven-year-old granddaughter was indicating an image in a special Barbie edition of Life Magazine I had bought for her. Okay, maybe I really bought it for myself, but I let her look at it whenever she wants to. … I explained to Bryce that “this one” was actually “the one” that started the whole thing. With her blonde ponytail and her black and white strapless swimsuit, she was the original Barbie doll. I also explained that, while the one in my collection looks just like her, she’s really a 50th Anniversary special edition and not the original.

The Monthly Mix

Holiday Baking … The holiday season is busy, bright, and full of energy, but baking can be such a wonderful way to create quality time for you and your family. One of my main childhood memories is spending time in the kitchen decorating freshly baked cookies. There are plenty of handy and adorable must have items that will take your holiday baking to the next level this season! … Aprons are a necessity when baking. They serve the dual purpose of keeping your clothes clean and ramping up your holiday style. I love these adult and children’s holiday motif aprons.

Publisher's Letter

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’Tis the season! As the chill of winter sets in and the days get shorter, we eagerly embrace the Christmas season. For some, decking the halls may have started well over a month ago. Some of us, however, firmly stand our ground, keeping Christmas neatly packed away until after the last of the Thanksgiving festivities. … I was recently attending some of the holiday open houses around town and realized that while I’m still searching for Thanksgiving inspiration, others are already packing up their turkey yard inflatables and turning on the Christmas lights.

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