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April B.

April Brownlee is a professional fundraiser and freelance writer. She was born and raised in the Panhandle, holds a degree in mass communications and started her career in TV news. Married and mom to three kids age 9, 6 and 4 April likes to joke that in her "spare time" she gets to take a shower. But in all actuality, April is a book nerd, a wanna-be chef with absolutely no knife skills, a reality TV junkie, a follower of all things political, and a shop-a-holic. A fan of the "knowledge is power" mantra, April also likes to chat about two subjects that are very close to her--food allergies and children with special needs.
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My Sweet, Spunky and Totally Rotten Boy with the Charlie Brown Cheeks and Freckles Will, In Fact, Get to be a First Grader Next Year

My kindergartener will not be a repeat offender. I said it wouldn't happen. I said he would most definitely have to be a kindergartener twice... not because of his ability to master the concepts taught in kinder, but because he's a bit of a wild child.

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The Apps That Can Help With Your Chaotic Life

My day-to-day life is pretty much chaos. It is. And most days, I'm ok with that. This is what I chose, after all. I chose to have children and continue my career. I chose to enroll all three children in the extra-curricular activity of their choosing. And for the most part, I love the daily chaos. I thrive on pressure. I love being busy. When I don't have deadlines or a to-do list, I grow bored very quickly and then I become completely unmotivated.

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Grzegorz Oleksa/Thinkstock
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Kids Do the Darndest Things – The Woes of Technology

This week, the big theme in our house has been focused on technology. Specifically, how it should *not* be used. My children have iPod's and/or tablet devices. There are rules. They can't download apps (or anything else) without asking. They can't connect via e-mail, text, Facetime, or anything else, without asking. They can't set up their own accounts for anything. They can't purchase anything. They can't use these devices after "lights out." They can't take these devices to school. And, they've all been warned we will routinely check their devices, their browsing history, their e-mail, and whatever else we see fit, without notice.

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Somewhere Along the Way I’ve Forgotten How to Breathe – The Spin-Cycle of Life

I have to say I have had a rough couple of months. A crazy reaction to a new medication literally threw my body into some kind of lurch. It also has been a big wake up call for me. You always hear people talking about taking "better" care of themselves. But at this point, I've realized I just need to take care of myself. Period. The "better" part will have to come when I'm actually doing the things for myself that I should have been doing all along. 

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Working Mothers It’s OK to Still Dream – In Fact, You Should

Working Mother Magazine just released it's list of "25 Mothers of Reinvention" and I am super excited about it. What girl doesn't love the thought of reinventing herself. Sometimes, all it takes is a new hair cut, or even something as simple as tube of bright red lipstick. Sometimes, it's a new attitude.

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Wavebreak Media
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“Her” Story – An Outsider Sharing a Moment with Strangers

A crowd gathered, so many people they were almost smushed, inside the small corner they had claimed in the hospital waiting room. Some were clearly family. You could tell by the obvious resemblance. One woman introduced herself as "her" co-worker. I still don't know who "she" is, but as I sat in the surgery waiting room this week, waiting for news on my loved one, I listened intently, almost mesmerized by the goings-on across the room from me. I began to think of it as "her" corner.

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iStock
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The Year of No Resolutions

My social media feeds are full of everybody's new year's resolutions. My email in-box is overflowing with tips and products to help anyone achieve any goal, from the 10 resolutions for the fiscally savvy to celebrity slim-down secrets. Whatever about me needs changing, help is just a click away.

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Through My Child’s Eyes

This week, I am absolutely digging this story posted on the Huffington Post parents feed.

It's all about the way one family told their son he has Down syndrome. I love how the kid just basically shrugs his shoulders and goes on about his day, the weight of what his parents had known for so long having absolutely no impact.

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My Kind of Christmas – A Little Bit of Sparkly New Mixed With a Heaping Spoonful of Tradition and Memory Making

I just love the Christmas season. I love the warmth and glitz you see everywhere. I love how sparkly everything is, with just a little oomph you don't see the rest of the year. I love the deals. I love how everything is packaged so nicely in pretty boxes with bows and ribbons. You don't see that the rest of the year.

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