July 16, 2013

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You Know 30 Rocks When…

I turned 30 this year and to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to it. As a kid, I couldn’t wait to reach the big milestones; 16 to get my license, 18 to buy a pack of cigarettes and 21 to buy alcohol–growing up seemed so exciting! Then it seemed there wasn’t much to look […]

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July 15, 2013

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Fresh Dill Pickles

When life gives you cucumbers…

When life gives you cucumbers, make pickles. Growing up, my mother always had a garden.Β  I remember having to help her tend to it every day, grumpy and upset that I was being forced to do yard work when I wanted to go play with my friends.Β  But the older I got, the cooler I […]

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July 12, 2013

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Down by the Bay in St. Michaels

St. Michaels, Maryland has become one of my favorite places to visit. It is such a peaceful experience to be able to stand on the dock with breathtaking bay views and walk through the picturesque small town filled with unique shops and restaurants. Every time I go I find something new to love about it […]

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July 11, 2013

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Learning to Love My Vitiligo

Learning to Love my Vitiligo

I started developing random white patches on my skin when I was a toddler and as I grew, the spots got bigger and spread to different areas of my skin. Today I think at least half of my skin is affected and while most people don’t notice it when meeting me, for the longest time […]

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July 10, 2013

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Stonington Cemetery Crypt

Tales From the Crypt

By: Mindy Anderson Valente This past weekend while visiting family in Connecticut my sister and I along with my 3 girls made our way to our uncle’s house, but not before I spotted what I thought to be a mini church (yes a silly thought), so my sister and I decided a quick turn around […]

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July 9, 2013

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Empanadas: Pocket Full of Goodness

My mama started making empanadas years ago with the influence of some Spanish friends. Over the years, she has perfected her recipe and it has become a favorite among all of our family and friends. Whenever they are being served, there are rarely leftovers to spare. Empanadas may not be the healthiest of foods but […]

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July 8, 2013

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Crabs!

Sometimes getting crabs is a good thing…

By: Lindsey Sheppard In our house, going out to eat is a luxury that happens far and few between.Β  So when my boyfriend suggested that we go out for “date night” this past Friday, I jumped on the opportunity. I was even more delighted when he chose Chesapeake Crab Connection. Growing up, my family went […]

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July 5, 2013

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Mystic, CT

Mystic Magic

I am still trying to catch up with some much needed sleep since our late night journey to Connecticut a few days ago. It’s not easy as I’m helping my sister with my little nieces. I sure miss my little guy and I have a newfound appreciation for only having one child! Today we walked […]

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July 4, 2013

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Family-filled 4th of July

Hot Summer Fun

Last night we left at around 10pm for a 6-hour drive to see family in Connecticut…three hours later than originally planned. It seemed like the longest six hours of my life but we made it to our destination safely. We even squeezed in a couple hours of sleep before getting up to enjoy this beautiful […]

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July 3, 2013

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Fingers and Strings: The Pains of Learning Guitar

Fingers

When I was 18 I bought the prettiest guitar I found in the store and was determined to learn how to play. As many of you know who have played before, it hurts! I think it hurt me more than most because I have delicate skin and the strings on my guitar were hard and […]

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