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Tales of a Homeschool Mom

Tales of a Homeschool Mom

home·school·ing:ˈhōmˌsko͞oliNG/ noun: homeschooling; plural noun: homeschoolings; the education of children at home by their parents. Homeschooling was something my husband and I had always wanted to do for our son. We had gone back-and-forth with the idea since he was born.…

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SA Smith

SA Smith has always loved the magical life. She is the bestselling Amazon author of FOREVER, her four part young adult paranormal romance series. She is an advocate for women of all shapes and sizes. Believing that we are all enough just as we are, and needing to spread that word far and wide. Having been diagnosed with CRPS over 12 years ago, SA also uses her writing to increase social awareness of the disease. Writing is her passion. She often tells friends that writing is a journey for her. It’s like spending time with friends. "I just follow my characters along on their adventures, like a fly on the wall, and see where they take me." SA currently lives in Florida with her best friend/husband and their one son.

9 Things That Make a Guy Good Enough for My Daughter

9 Things That Make a Guy Good Enough for My Daughter

I’ve been hesitant to write this because I didn’t want to piss off my baby girl, but here we go. In an ideal world, this is what I would want. In reality, I have no more control over this than which…

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Bert Woodson

Bert Woodson currently lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast in Cortez, with his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Colt, and Colt’s kitty Woof. (Yes, he named him.)

9 Life Hacks Learned by Playing Soccer

9 Life Hacks Learned by Playing Soccer

You know that awkward question “What do you do?” I am a cook, cleaner, chauffeur, counselor, concubine, crazed lunatic a.k.a Mom., wife, fashion model, actress, writer,  but most notably … I am a soccer mom. There, I said it.  Who would…

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Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson is the Creator and Publisher of Feminine Collective. Julie was inspired to create this safe place for women to share their secrets, desires, triumphs and pain as the antithesis of what mainstream media offers women today. In her column Pursuit of Perfection, she explores the importance of rectifying the balance of inner and outer beauty through essays, poems and articles on self-esteem, shame, family, and self- acceptance.

The Supermodel Thief

The Supermodel Thief

A long, long time ago, when fashion was fierce and supermodels reigned supreme, I was fortunate enough to have been chosen to walk (stumble really, like a goof ball), down the runway, for some of the most legendary designers of that…

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Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson is the Creator and Publisher of Feminine Collective. Julie was inspired to create this safe place for women to share their secrets, desires, triumphs and pain as the antithesis of what mainstream media offers women today. In her column Pursuit of Perfection, she explores the importance of rectifying the balance of inner and outer beauty through essays, poems and articles on self-esteem, shame, family, and self- acceptance.

I Hacked into My Teenager’s Facebook Account

I Hacked into My Teenager’s Facebook Account

After reading this story, you may think I’m the worst parent ever or you may think that I’m the best parent ever. Nevertheless, I proudly claim both titles because I earned them: Without her knowledge, I hacked into my teenager’s Facebook account.  I willingly peered into every…

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The Year We Lived With Earnest Hemingway’s Ghost

The Year We Lived With Earnest Hemingway’s Ghost

It was the early 90’s, and I was on the fashion treadmill. Paris, the home of Haute Couture became my base. I was busy, very busy and I needed to find a furnished apartment, that was large enough for my small…

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Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson is the Creator and Publisher of Feminine Collective. Julie was inspired to create this safe place for women to share their secrets, desires, triumphs and pain as the antithesis of what mainstream media offers women today. In her column Pursuit of Perfection, she explores the importance of rectifying the balance of inner and outer beauty through essays, poems and articles on self-esteem, shame, family, and self- acceptance.

Eileen Ford:  A Manhattan

Eileen Ford: A Manhattan

We all know the merits of having old friends. We share history and adventure. They know our darkest secrets, hopes and fears, and best of all, they remember all the stuff we forgot. Making new friends—that can be a burden! Between…

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Jacqueline Lundquist

Jacqueline is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned a degree in Rhetoric and Communications and Foreign Languages and of the Alliance Francaise in Paris. Her career has included a variety of fields including hotel sales, marketing and advertising for Hilton and Hyatt Hotels, co-owner of a Washington, DC based public relations firm, entertainment reporter for CBS television and for seven years, working with the musical group, The Beach Boys. She has worked on National Community Service issues for President George Bush, Sr. and President Bill Clinton. Her project, STARSERVE, was President George HW Bush’s first Point of Light Initiative and it engaged over 30 entertainment celebrities to promote community service among school children grades K-12. Jacqueline’s husband, Richard Celeste, served as Ambassador to India under President Clinton from 1997-2001. As first lady of the US in India, Jacqueline worked on a variety of issues including HIV/AIDS, women¹s and children¹s causes, the environment, breast cancer awareness and the promotion of fashion and the arts. Jacqueline is the co-author, along with Sam Celeste, her seventeen-year-old son, of the children¹s book ‘There¹s A Mouse in Roosevelt House” and wrote the forward for “Indian Journeys” Shyamal Roy’s collection of Indian photographs. Her book “Letters From Vietnam: A Daughter’s Search for her Father” is being turned into a Hollywood movie and her newest book, “Letters from the Battlefield” was released in June 2014. Jacqueline’s love of India spawned a variety of business enterprises. Her jewelry company, I’m Sari, sold in the US at Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor and a variety of boutiques across the country. Her fashion company, Karma, promoted Indian fashion designers in the US. In 2002, Jacqueline was awarded the “Special Award for Contribution to Promotion of Indian Fashion Globally” at the Zee Gold Bollywood Awards in New York City. In Colorado Springs, Jacqueline has served on the board of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Children¹s Literacy Center and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Jacqueline also chaired the 1874 Society at Colorado College, which raised over $1.5 million per annum for the college¹s annual fund. Currently, Jacqueline is Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chief Serendipity Officer at WaterHealth International, which works in over 500 sites in India, Africa and Bangladesh bringing clean safe drinking water, at an affordable price, to millions of people worldwide. She also serves on the founding committee and board of City Year Denver and the Jaldhaara Foundation which provides clean safe water and hygiene education to school children and empowers women in India.

Social Deviants in the Locker Room

Social Deviants in the Locker Room

I’m health-minded. I do all the right stuff and sport some pretty insane washboard abs under just about a half-inch thick layer of what my daughter calls “fluff.” I try to eat healthy, get enough rest, and work out almost every…

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Erin Righetti

Erin Righetti is a professional writer across multiple media channels. She has over 20 years experience as a freelance writer/reporter, and has been a contributor to newspapers and online magazines and blogs. Erin works as a public relations and social media strategist in Carlsbad, California.