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When you want something light, helpful, or need a moment away from the world these articles share a little bit of the light side of life.

50 Weird Things That Make All Women Happy

50 Weird Things That Make All Women Happy

Many moments in life are great—like finding out you got a hefty pay raise or embarking on your much-anticipated summer vacation. But have you ever bought a dress and discovered it has pockets? Hardly anything else compares to that kind of joy! We have found there are few things that make all women happy. So, to offer a few, many of our writers chimed in on some of their favorite weird things that make them happy. We thought we’d compile them and share the fun with you. Here are the things for us that are totally worth celebrating and never fail to put a smile on our faces. 50 Weird things that make all women happy. 1. Pockets…pockets, pockets everywhere. 2. When […]

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growing plants taught me 4 lessons for a satisfying life

Growing Plants Taught Me 4 Lessons for a Satisfying Life

During the height of Covid quarantine, I, like many people, developed some new obsessions. Partly as a way to pass the time and partly as a way to distract myself from the horrors of a pandemic, I took up some very strange hobbies. I dabbled in sourdough. But, as one can only have so many carbs, I let that starter go after a while. I remodeled a few rooms and was happy doing it until my killjoy husband put a kibosh on the spending. And I even went through an unfortunate period of time where I wanted to learn an instrument despite being, for lack of a better word, completely talentless. Luckily for all of us, that was short. The one hobby,

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9 Easy Holiday Recipes for People Who Hate to Cook

9 Easy Holiday Recipes for People Who Hate to Cook

We all love the holiday season. It’s filled with fun, friends, and family. Oh yes, and food. We all love the holiday food. But what happens when you get an invitation to a party that says “Bring a Dish to Share” and you hate to cook? Sure, you can just run by the grocery store and grab a quick pre-made vegetable platter. It’s always an easy and pain-free option, but it’s also not the tastiest or the most festive, is it? Lucky for you, there are some amazingly simple and delicious holiday recipes out there for even the most reluctant of cooks. And to ease the pain of adding one more thing to your to-do list this busy holiday season, here at

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Mom, Be Sure to Make Memories That Will Last a Lifetime

I recently traveled through Northeastern Georgia as we headed to the mountains of North Carolina. We have the privilege of enjoying the autumn in the tranquil and beautiful land between the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Observing the burst of color in the month of October leaves one in awe of the beauty of creation. While heading to our final destination, we spotted a Fruit Stand – Corn Maze – Hayride – Bakery – Ice Cream Store and Pumpkin Patch. Yes, these were all there in one location. With fare like this, we had to stop and see which of these we couldn’t live without. Parking in an absolutely full lot, alongside another load of pumpkins being delivered from the

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7 Female Inventors Who Solved Life Problems

Every year, the month of March brings a celebration of women’s history. But I think it’s a disservice when we highlight female innovations only one month of the year. Since delving into human history is an exercise that I love, I delight in what women have accomplished! Yet searching what women have achieved, one often finds the most current writing focuses on a single note in the rich melody of women’s achievements—the strides made by women in advancing equality. Ladies, we have done so much more than that! It’s not a single note; instead, it’s a whole orchestral arrangement. What I also love is that not only is exploring our gender’s achievements much more than a reflection on how far women have

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The Perfect Blended Mocha Recipe That Will Help Save You Money

The Perfect Blended Mocha Recipe That Will Help Save You Money

My how we love our coffee. Our afternoon lattes. Our morning Joes. Our triple shot, soy, extra whip, hold-the-foam, caramel macchiato espressos. Whatever your drink, however you order it—there’s no doubt that you do. Americans are addicted to their coffee. And not just any coffee, though: I’m talking coffee-shop coffees. Those fancy ones, with the mermaid on the cup? Those, yes; we love them. What started as a social occasion has worked its way into our regular routines. A daily Starbucks habit isn’t even really considered a habit in many circles; it’s just a way of life. Brewing coffee at home isn’t quite as glamorous or even as convenient, and we’ve gotten out of the practice as a whole. The average American,

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Summer Bucket List—50 Easy Ways To Create Family Memories

Summer Bucket List—50 Easy Ways To Create Family Memories

It’s finally summertime and I want to create family memories! I can’t help but think back on all the sweet times I had as a kid during summer break. Days on end in bathing suits melted popsicle juice running down my cheeks, and bare feet on the grass created some of my fondest memories (and I know I can’t possibly be alone in this)! Since that’s what this season is all about, I’ve created a 50-item summer bucket list. Some are free and easy, and others are more involved, but they’re all sure to leave you and your brood smiling as you mark this summer as one to go down in the books. Plus, Mama, having a little fun will help these

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10 Funny Things All Women Do

10 Funny Things All Women Do

I obviously have spent a whole bunch of years being a female, well actually my entire life (no surprise there). But something I have realized is that we are a funny bunch, aren’t we ladies? There are some things we do and say that are unique to us. I’ve done them, and I know if you admit it, you have too! So I’m just going to step up and confess to some of the funny things all women do. 1. When we ask, “How do I look?” There is only one acceptable answer. 2. We remove our bra the moment we get home. Then spend the next few minutes scratching the indentations caused by said bra. 3. When disrobing for a doctor’s visit, we

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16 Things That Live in a Woman's Purse—For Better or Worse

16 Things That Live in a Woman’s Purse—For Better or Worse

I’m a 46-year-old wife and mother who wears a lot of hats, and often those hats aren’t exactly straight on my head. When I was a young teen, I never wanted to be one of those women who had a purse with them all the time. I wanted to buck the trend that a woman needed a bag to perform whatever duties were expected of her when I got to that stage of life. I fought that cultural norm hard, so hard, often to the point of massive inconvenience or causing significant discomfort to those in my inner circle. Then I became an adult and realized the benefits of a purse far outweighed the negatives—my chapstick was always at the ready, tampon—check, wallet wasn’t getting lost under the

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5 free or cheap ways to entertain your kids

5 Free (or Cheap) Ways to Entertain Your Kids

Ever find yourself on a budget with kids to entertain, especially in the summer months? Seeing that “free kids activities near me” seems to be my number one Google search lately, I’d like to think I’ve picked up a thing or two. So, here are a few ideas that will keep your kids on an adventure while you protect your pocketbook. 5 Free or Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids: 1. The Library My personal favorite go-to is the library. They consistently offer storytelling and art projects, and we’ve even gone to Lego building, an animal show, and family board game night at the library—all for FREE. There are usually multiple libraries within driving distance, so I’d recommend trying various libraries to

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Follow These Teachers Now for Classroom Inspiration

Instagram Teachers to Follow for Back to School Inspiration

As a teacher, I spend a lot of time on Pinterest looking for lesson ideas, bulletin board inspiration, and so on. What I’ve found on Pinterest looks great, but many of the ideas have never been tested in the chaos of a real classroom. While great in theory, these ideas often flop. My time has been better spent looking through different Instagram accounts of teachers who are in the classroom full time—tried and true—dealing with whatever is thrown at them on any given day. Here are several of my favorite Instagram accounts of elementary classroom teachers who will spark your inspiration for this new school year, as well as additional teacher-oriented accounts for all grade levels. Teachers of Primary Grades (K-2) @aroundthekampfire

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The Surprising Joy I Found in Raising 3 Pet Chickens During a Pandemic

If you’re like me, puppies make you smile, kittens make you purr, and ducklings make you “awww” aloud. Pets, especially family pets, are good for the soul, and they are also proven to help your mental health and decrease depression. They make you laugh so hard you pee your pants a little. They frustrate you and teach life lessons, even when you’re 45 years old! Obviously not everyone is a pet person, and I’ve met my share of people who definitely wouldn’t pass the patience test. However, most people appreciate pets and the joy they bring to someone’s life. COVID restrictions, quarantines, and lockdowns made me and my family (well, mostly me) want more pets, more animals, more joy. Even our relatives

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Would You Rather … Earn a Penny for Every Step or a Dollar for Every Jump

Would you rather earn a penny for every step or a dollar for every jump? Tune in for some fun with the team at Grit and Grace Life, who share their thought-out decisions. Which would you choose? The way we look at it, you’ll get some exercise and grow your bank account either way. Win-win!

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Darlene & Julie Uncut: Bloopers!

Everyone loves a good blooper reel. And with Darlene and Julie at the helm, we’re sure to succumb to at least a few giggle fits! Enjoy these funny behind-the-scenes moments of shooting at Grit and Grace Life, and listen to more of the duo’s antics as they talk about everyday life on podcast episode 109:  Darlene and Julie Chat Balancing Adulting, Barbells and Booties – 109

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Albert

Darlene & Julie: Uncut – Meet Albert: Darlene’s Office Tells a Tale

You’ll often hear Julie reference Darlene’s Albert Einstein statue in episodes of This Grit and Grace Life. The scientific genius isn’t alone. Peeking into Darlene’s office is a little bit like a game of I Spy that instruct you to find a small flying pig and a lipsticked fish with a large pucker. These and other unique trinkets and items offer a glimpse into the life of our founder and podcast co-host. You’ll want to see what else you can spot!

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