The Best of Barcelona

By | January 25, 2015

Barcelona is a spectacular city with many attractions to amaze you. There are places within walking distance, places you have to drive to, and places that only a bus or boat can get you to. Whatever excitement you are looking for on your visit to Barcelona, you will definitely find it.

Art History in Barcelona
Most people visit Barcelona for the art and architecture. With so many famous artists that made Barcelona not only their home but their canvas, artwork is found on every street corner and in every building. From Gaudi’s Art Nouveau to the Picasso Museum, the art is exquisite and varies at each glance.

Many famous artists visited Barcelona for inspiration and romance. Not only did Gaudi design beautiful structures, but Picasso painted magnificently romantic paintings and Dali intrigued everyone with his twisted view of everyday objects. The artists that came out of Barcelona all have a place in Barcelona dedicated to displaying their lifetime of works. These displays are wonderful educational and cultural additions to your trip to Barcelona.

The Nightlife in Barcelona
Barcelona is not only popular for its art, but the music is also a big attraction, especially to the younger crowd. The Barcelona Night card gives you full access to every club in Barcelona for free for seven days. While visiting Barcelona, you will definitely want to go out and see how the locals enjoy the nightlife. The music and people are wild and the clubs are a blast for any nightlife enthusiast.

If you choose to get a Night Card, it provides many other useful services in addition to club access, including a safety cab to and from the bar, discounted drinks, and sometimes even free entry into the bar. Not only does it allow you to enjoy the nightlife at a discounted price, it provides you with a fold-out map to show you where you are and where the best clubs are. Nightlife in Barcelona is a blast; however, if you don’t like the nightlife, there are many other options that are exciting and unique when visiting Barcelona.

Ghost and Ghoul Guides
Every city has its own history and Barcelona is no different, with stories galore floating around about mystical ghosts and other fanciful and frightening characters to intrigue you. A new tour hosted by ICONO features a tour at night with an experienced tour guide. The tour will take you to the famous Sant Pere, Santa Caterina, and La Ribera quarters. These locations are notorious for exorcism, witchcraft, and many other apparition sightings.

When visiting Barcelona, you will be amazed at all the popular attractions that are within walking distance. The tourist attractions include a range of events, museums, and unique tours that even the most distinguished visitor will find exciting and wonderfully inventive. Whether you’re a sports fan, a music fan, or a fan of the weird and supernatural, there is definitely something for you to do every day that you are on vacation in Barcelona.

Author Bio:
Jessica has been writing for the #hipmunk #cityoflove campaign for some time now and enjoys giving her readers more information on the different cities around the world. Sh e has extensive knowledge about travel and loves giving insights into the best tourist

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A child-friendly Paris

By | January 25, 2015

Paris has for a long time been a great place for adults, but what about the children? Imagine how you felt when you heard the words Paris or Eiffel Tower as a child. The images that you saw of these places in dreams can only be intensified by reality. As a child, we all dream of visiting those far off lands, filled with magic and mystery. In Paris, there are mysteries around every corner and magic that exudes from the streets right into the minds and hearts of every child.

Imagination and Play
Imagine a creative puppet show designed especially for children or laughing while riding a carousel of beautiful horses and exotic creatures. Well, that is what you get when you visit Paris and go to the Jardin du Luxembourg. Kids can come and enjoy ice cream while waiting for the pony rides, or play in the pedal karts, and later they can play in the sandpit. Memories will last a lifetime when you bring your children to this park and let them experience the wonder and joy of Paris.

Maybe your kids would like a more active setting, such as rolling around in gigantic hamster wheels designed specifically for children to play in. At Parc de la Villette your children can imagine what it would be like to be a hamster in a big wheel. Maybe they want to climb like monkeys on the jungle gyms and play on the kid-friendly ziplines. This park has so many things to do that even the most active of kids will get tired and never be bored.

Shop for Every Toy on Your List until You Drop
Everyone knows that kids are notorious for wanting toys. Only the best toys will do, and in Paris only the best toy stores will do. Some of the best toy stores in Paris are found on the Passage des Princes. These passages are designed to entertain Parisians by feeding them and giving them shelter during the rain. Imagine shopping for many things in the shops, including the best toys in Paris. Any child would be pleased with coming to visit these wonderful architectural establishments.

Water, Water, Everywhere
Everyone who visits Paris rides the Seine on gondolas, but one boat trip that many people don’t know about is the canal barges. Not only will the kids get to cruise the canals as the water rises and falls, but the best part is at one point in the ride you actually go underground. Kids are amazed at the rise and fall of the water in the locks while riding the barges. This two-hour-long trip will keep the kids entertained and give them something to talk about.

With so many things to do in Paris for children, there will never be a shortage of activity and entertainment while you are on vacation or if you happen to move there and need weekend activities. When visiting Paris, explore the unusual attractions so your childhood dreams of Paris can come true.

Author Bio:
Jessica has been writing for the #hipmunk #cityoflove campaign and enjoys informing her readers about the many wonderful cities in the world. There are many attractions that are well known, but Jessica enjoys informing her readers about the attractions that aren’t so well known. With her exten sive

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Top 3 Hotels in Dallas for children

By | January 25, 2015

When visiting Dallas, TX as a family you will be concerned about the best hotel for your children. What amenities do they offer for children? Is it close to attractions? Do they offer a family friendly atmosphere? These are all questions that you have to consider when searching for the perfect accommodations for your family.

The best thing to do before visiting a new city is to call ahead and confirm that the hotel you’ve booked is children friendly; this will prevent any confusion upon arrival. Here are a few hotels that will accommodate your family and have special services just for kids when they come to stay.

Bedtime cookies and milk, anyone?
The our Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, TX provides special amenities to the littlest of guests. With the turn down milk and cookies, the special kids menus, and the kids gift bags upon arrival, they will do whatever it takes to make your kids feel welcome and at home. If you decide that you would like a night out without the kids while you’re in town, they even have a babysitter service available right in the hotel.

Bring the pet along
We all know that when kids leave for vacation they want to bring the family pet. Sometimes it’s just not possible, but at the Home2Suites by Hilton in Dallas-Fort Worth area you can bring that pet with you when you come to stay. Not only are they pet friendly, but they have kid friendly rooms and special amenities such as cribs, free breakfast, Wi-Fi, and laundry service. They offer a more affordable pricing plan and a market that is pen 24 hours a day for your convenience.

Protect the children without the added expense
When staying at a hotel you are not always allowed to cover the outlets and sometimes forget to stock the first aid kit. At the Westin Galleria that is not a problem since they great each family at the door with goodie bags to entertain the kids and a fully stocked safety bag for the parents to adequately adapt the room and have first aid at hand. Not only do they offer safety features that parents love, but they offer parents a night out and a Kids Club that adds extra activities to the kids’ agendas to keep them busy and happy.

When planning a trip for a family choosing the right hotel is daunting, but if you take advice from someone who has been there, you should be able to find the best hotel for your family. Hotels come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles. Sometimes the best one for you might be the largest chain hotel, and sometimes it might be the small mom and pop run hotel. Whatever you choose for your next family visit to Dallas, TX, make sure you do some research and know who has the best offer with the most amenities for your kids to enjoy.

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Planning a trip to Paris can include many different things

By | January 25, 2015

<a href=”https://www.vayable.com/experiences/1494-navigate-paris” style=”text-decoration:underline;” target=”_blank” >Paris</a> is a wonderful city to visit, whether you are going for a family vacation, break between high school and college, or an anniversary trip, it will be both exciting and educational for all. Sometimes, you will need a party dress, sometimes you will need medicine, and sometimes it may rain. When you think about the What If’s, you will always be ready in advance. Making a list of all the necessities you will need while gone is one way to prepare for your trip.

Hotel to Stay In
Even if you are traveling for a backpacking excursion across France, you are still going to need a hotel or hostel to stay in while you are there. Depending how much you have to spend will determine what environment you will end in while in Paris. Hostels generally are more affordable than the fives star hotels that surround Paris’ main tourist attractions.

Plane Tickets
To get to <a href=”http://www.excursiopedia.com/en/cities/paris” style=”text-decoration:underline;” target=”_blank” >Paris</a>, you’re going to need plane tickets. Many plane trips will have layovers, and some can last as long as eight or more hours. Do your research and make sure you get the best plane ride for the price. When heading out the door the day of your departure, make sure you have your tickets or printed email reservation. You don’t want to arrive at the airport and be disappointed because you forgot your tickets or confirmation email.

Medicine
If you or your travel partner takes daily medicine, or is allergic to something and requires special medicine, making sure you have what you need is important. Although there are many pharmacies in Paris, you might not find the exact prescription you need if you somehow forget your medicine.

Toiletries
Everyone has a specific type of toothpaste he or she prefers. Sometimes it could be a toothpaste that is not available in Paris. If this is the case, then you will need to pack enough to last you while you are there. Other toiletries ou can take on the plane can include small bottles of shampoo and conditioner, soap, perfume, deodorant, and other personal effects. You can buy toiletries in Paris once you arrive; however, you are taking a chance that the ones you like are not available.

Proper Clothing for the Season
Making sure you have an outfit for a special night out, an outfit for each day you are there, and PJs for nighttime is an essential part of planning a trip to Paris. Depending on when you are traveling and what season it is can determine the clothing you sho bring. Paris can get pretty chilly during winter and super warm during the summer. Making sure you have an outfit for every occasion, shoes to match, and a coat or umbrella will insure that you will not be caught without something to wear.

Now that you have a detailed list of necessities, start planning that trip to Paris. Be sure to start by looking at hotels in Paris first!

Authors Bio:
Jessica has been writing for the #cityoflove project for #hipmunk for some time now and is enjoying every minute she gets to write and educate others on these wonderful cities and the attractions in and around the area. With her extensive knowledge in traveling and packing she

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My life has been turned upside down

By | January 3, 2015

Living with a child with Autism, ADHD, O.D.D, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, and other medical conditions is hard enough, why would god go and throw puberty at him tooo?

My son is turning 13 in March and he has hit puberty. Puberty isn’t fun for anyone especially girls. But a child with medical conditions such as mental and physical disabilities makes it so much harder.

Frog hit puberty. Those three words have me devastated and has my hole world turned upside down. For about three weeks he completely lost all since of boundaries, inappropriate touching, inappropriate name calling, breaking things, meltdowns, overwhelmed anxiety, he just could not function, So his Dr. admitted him to the acute care rehabilitation center for children. The case worker is thinking of removing him from my home and placing him in residential treatment centers. I want him to have the help he needs, but I don’t think that I or he should be punished by removing my rights to him. I am doing my own research and will be placing him in a center of my own so they do not take my rights from me.

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Christmas, bah humbug

By | December 25, 2014

So this year was supposed to be a great year for us. Don’t get me wrong the year itself was great but Christmas had drained me emotionally, physically, and financially. I’m not happy, I’m very anxious and my ASD son is having a mental break down that can not be contained since he entered puberty three weeks ago. Right now he is breaking the limbs of my tree and throwing them in the floor. What ever, it’s not like we need it anymore.

My two oldest kids dad came into there life about six months ago and if I had to depend on him for support for them they would be dead. He owes $34,000 of not more in child support alone, and has only sent $150 over the past six months. He said he had a tablet for our ASD son, but never sent it. Nothing not even a call or a Christmas card. That is what a short as father is.

My medicine doesn’t seem to be working as well and instead of helping me my doctor drops me as a patient. Great customer service. I’m at the end of my patience with stupidity, lazy need, and my agoraphobia and anxiety has hit the roof.

I’m sure that one day it will get better but when, and how long, and will I survive?

Jessica Lynn Warrick

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When your child is considering college in Paris

By | December 16, 2014

My daughter is getting to that age when she starts to consider college. She has been considering many state colleges and even international ones. A few she is considering is Paris, California, and Florida.

Paris

One that she has considered is in Paris. Although Paris is the most romantic city in the world, or so people think, it is also pretty far away from home. I’m not sure I’m ready for her to travel to another city or even another country for school. That is a big step in a young girls life and traveling to Paris would mean that we would need for her to have a <a href=“https://www.hipmunk.com/Hotels-in-Paris-France/Ecole-Normale-Superieure-Attraction”>Cheap Hotel in Paris</a>, one that we could afford, especially since she will be there for the visit and then the schooling time period. Thank god it is still a few years off and we can actually start planning for the cost.

California

California is a much easier school for me to handle her going to. At least with California I can just pack up and move with her. This will keep her close to me and help to keep an eye on her and be there if she needs me. It will also cut down on cost of living since she can just stay at home instead of having to find an apartment while there. One of the best schools in California is Wesleyan College and she is actually considering attending, which makes me so proud of my free thinking daughter. She has definitely taken a page out of my book. As a girl I would have loved to go to school at Wesleyan College but unfortunately I wasn’t able to due to unforeseen circumstances.

Florida

Florida is also a location that she is considering for school. She was thinking of becoming a Marine biologist and for schooling she would need to be close to the water. What better way to be close to the water, than going to school in Florida? Although California is also close to the water, it’s not as close as Florida, and it’s a completely different environment. She has always loved to visit the beach when we would take trips to Florida. If it was here choice she would spend everyday on the beach soaking up the sun.

Even though it is another four years away, it still scares me so much that she will one day leave the nest to start her own life, whether it be school or career. Although I pray that she attends college, she may decide to do something even more drastic than moving to California, she may actually travel the world for a bit. Whatever it is she chooses I’ll be behind her one hundred percent and of course momma bear will follow her to the ends of the earth and back.

Thanks to Hipmunk and the #cityoflove campaign I’m able ton bring you this wonderful post about Paris and college woes.

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Paris and other great places to visit

By | December 9, 2014

Lately I have considered “What if we were to move? Where would we go?”
There are many places in the world that I would love to visit, but would I love to move there? Sometimes we get bored with our current location and think about the differences in other cities, states, countries, and regions. Take for instance Paris, I have been to England and I absolutely loved it, but would I want to live there for an extended period?
Paris is called the city of romance and love, but if you are running from romance and love, do you really need to move to a place that is known for the millions of people a year that fall in love or get married there? I think that when running from love or romance you should choose a place more fit for freedom and self-expression. This can include such locations as San Fransisco, Seattle, London, and even Australia.
Even though I currently live in a city next to my mother and sister, I sometimes wonder and dream of moving far away from it all. Just packing up the kids, the house, and the dog and hitting the road for a much-needed relocation. Relocating to a new and exciting town can bring about so much change, some can be good and some can be bad, but the good can outweigh the bad if you completely reorganize your life to reflect an all new you. The people in the new town don’t know your past and you can create a whole new future for yourself. This is the attraction that draws me to moving far away.
Then I consider what would happen to my sister and my mother if I was to just pack my family and move. They wouldn’t have anyone to lean on when I’m not here. They would have to depend on each other more and they don’t exactly get along as well without me. I would feel guilty for thinking of the wellbeing of my sanity and my kids future by moving them to a more financially abundant town. Even if I was to move for a better or higher paying writing job, I would still feel like I’m abandoning them to move on with my life. Even though the reason is not to forget about everyone, just the parts that don’t make me happy.
Maybe moving is something I will have to dream about for a bit, but one day I hope to see those cities and states and countries that I dream of visiting. Maybe one day I will, and maybe, just maybe I’ll start with Paris.

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Holiday info graphic

By | December 8, 2014

Holidays are about giving to others, here is a cute little infographic to view about the holidays. “To learn more visit Dollar Shave Club where you can have razors sent to your door for as little as $1 a month!” 
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Jessica Lynn Warrick

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When life throws you lemons, throw them right back.

By | December 7, 2014

So over the past few months my life has been turned upside down. I kicked my husband out of my house, moved into a smaller place, traded my van in, and became a published author on amazon.

My kids have had a hard time over the past eight years, we all dealt with disappointments that should have never happened. The struggles, the fights, the yelling, the belittling, and the constant walking on eggshells made all of use very anxious. Since the drastic changes in our life things have been getting better slowly.

We no longer struggle with not knowing what is going to happen next. We can all sleep at night comfortably without being woken up by someone that is inconsiderate. We don’t have everything we want but we get by and the kids are understanding that in order to have a better life we have to sacrifice luxuries such as eating out a lot, expensive Christmas gifts, having more room in our house, and a yard to play in.

We are still adjusting to the changes in our home life, but we are doing just fine. My relationship with my kids has gotten closer and I feel like they ate much more relaxed now.

I’m sure there will be more changes in the future but for now this is what we are dealing with.

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Traveling To Paris

By | December 4, 2014

Paris has for a long time been a great place for adults, but what about the children? Imagine how you felt when you heard the words Paris or Eiffel Tower as a child. The images that you saw of these places in dreams can only be intensified by reality. As a child, we all dream of visiting those far off lands, filled with magic and mystery. In Paris, there are mysteries around every corner and magic that exudes from the streets right into the minds and hearts of every child.

Imagination and Play

Imagine a creative puppet show designed especially for children or laughing while riding a carousel of beautiful horses and exotic creatures. Well, that is what you get when you visit Paris and go to the Jardin du Luxembourg. Kids can come and enjoy ice cream while waiting for the pony rides, or play in the pedal karts, and later they can play in the sandpit. Memories will last a lifetime when you bring your children to this park and let them experience the wonder and joy of Paris.

Maybe your kids would like a more active setting, such as rolling around in gigantic hamster wheels designed specifically for children to play in. At Parc de la Villette your children can imagine what it would be like to be a hamster in a big wheel. Maybe they want to climb like monkeys on the jungle gyms and play on the kid-friendly ziplines. This park has so many things to do that even the most active of kids will get tired and never be bored.

Shop for Every Toy on Your List until You Drop

Everyone knows that kids are notorious for wanting toys. Only the best toys will do, and in Paris only the best toy stores will do. Some of the best toy stores in Paris are found on the Passage de Princes. These passages are designed to entertain Parisians by feeding them and giving them shelter during the rain. Imagine shopping for many things in the shops, including the best toys in Paris. Any child would be pleased with coming to visit these wonderful architectural establishments.

Water, Water, Everywhere

Everyone who visits Paris rides the Seine on gondolas, but one boat trip that many people don’t know about is the canal barges. Not only will the kids get to cruise the canals as the water rises and falls, but the best part is at one point in the ride you actually go underground. Kids are amazed at the rise and fall of the water in the locks while riding the barges. This two-hour-long trip will keep the kids entertained and give them something to talk about.

With so many things to do in Parishotel  for children, there will never be a shortage of activity and entertainment while you are on vacation or if you happen to move there and need weekend activities. When visiting Paris, explore the unusual attractions so your childhood dreams of Paris can come true.

 

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Things to do when planning a trip to Paris

By | November 19, 2014

Paris is a great vacation destination for many types of people. Many families will travel to Paris for holidays, or special occasions. Some people get stationed in Italy with the Military and travel to Paris for a weekend get away. Whatever your reason for traveling to Paris, make sure you have mapped out all the things you will need while traveling. Planning a trip to Paris is fun.

Not many people think about the what if’s that could happen when on vacation. Maybe a huge storm hits and you get stuck longer than you had prepared for. What if you run ut of medicine while on vacation? Making an itinerary for your traveling companions is also something to consider when traveling to a foreign country.

Consult your Doctors before traveling

When you plan a vacation that is not in your home country, you should consult your doctor to make sure you have prepared for anything that may happen. Sometimes you will have to get extra shots or vaccines.  Refilling your prescriptions before leaving is also a great idea. Get a medical history from your physician so that when you are traveling the doctors and police will be well aware of any disabilities or conditions that they need to be concerned with in case of an accident or injury.

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Make a detailed itinerary for everyone

Making a detailed itinerary or schedule for everyone to have is a great way to tell every person in your traveling party of where each person is. This will cut down on someone getting lost, or having to call the police to find a companion when they don’t show up at a designated time.

Many people will travel in groups and sometimes they like to split up. When you split from your group it helps to know where the group was going and what time they will be back to the hotel, it is also helpful for them to know where you are headed and what time to expect you back. This will help you incase something goes wrong and you need to be saved or found.

Packing for the “What If’s”

Many women are well aware that the “what if” situations can happen at any time, especially if you have small children. What if your child gets sick and wants their special blanket. You know the one they only use when feeling really sick. This can be very difficult to get and calm the child if you left it at home. So pack for the What if’s.

Make sure you pack at least three extra outfits, including underwear and a coat. This will make sure that if you do get laid over for a few extra days that you have access to extra clothing, and the coat will help if for some reason the temperature drops and your wardrobe was not ready for the current weather.

Many things can happen when traveling. Traveling to Paris is no different from traveling to any other country or continent. You need to keep up contact with your friends and relatives and keep your traveling companions on a schedule so no one gets lost. Prepare for warm or cold weather and surprise over night stays, and keep up a healthy supply of medication so that you don’t have to figure out how to fill those pesky prescriptions.

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Unique Locations for Wedding Ceremonies around Paris

By | October 27, 2014

Weddings are big business and having one in Paris or around Paris is every girls dream. When planning your wedding consider these locations.

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Off the Wall Places To Visit In Barcelona

By | October 27, 2014

When Visiting Barcelona try to find the most interesting and unique attractions that are unavailable anywhere else. Barcelona has many places that you can visit that not only add a unique twist to your visit but also educates you on the history.

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Working so much I haven’t had time to tell y’all the good news.

By | October 14, 2014

Lately I have worked so much that things have gotten a little out of hand. I decided to take my writing career a little more serious and make it my full-time job. Since doing that I have marketed my services to many content mill companies online and some higher end writing companies. With one of the higher end companies I picked up a job writing for #HipmunkCityLove project, which has given me the ability to learn about new cities, and experience writing for a major online marketplace. If you’re interested in learning about Flights to Paris then check out my article titled flights to Paris on Hipmunk.

Not only have I been writing for Hipmunk but I have set up a Facebook Page for my services so that others can check out my writing examples and design examples and see my price list. I have done a lot of work and it has been very rewarding, especially since I have left my husband and moved me and the kids into our own place. Now that all the bills are on me. My freelance career has taken off.

Not only am I doing a lot better with my career, but my kids are doing great. They have faced struggles over the years and are starting to enjoy life more. We are all such free-spirited people and needed a change in our lifestyle and environment. My daughter has entered the 8th grade and decided to be homeschooled this year and my youngest is now in 1st grade. It seems like just yesterday I was starting this blog and talking about all the cute little things that lil‘ man did on a daily basis and now he is a 1st grader and can read and write. He has come along way since then. I’m very proud of my kids for being the bright, obnoxious, unique individuals that they are.

Life has come a long way for us over the past five months and as I face this new adventure in my life and my kids life, I take my career to a new level and work for many clients as a freelance writer and designer. This allows me to be there for my kids on a daily basis without having to report to a boss. I can take vacations when I want, or just take a fun day at the park or Mall with my daughter and not have to worry about my income and getting fired by my boss. I only wished I had figured this out sooner, especially when Frog was younger and had so many problems in school, i lost many job’s early on in chunky and frogs childhood due to their asthma attacks and my son’s autism. But now I can be there for him right when he needs me thanks to freelance writing.

Thank you for checking out my newest articles on Hipmunk and following me through the good and the bad her on Punk Rock Momma.

 

Jessica Warrick-Punk Rock Momma and @FreelancerJessicaWarrick on Facebook.

Jessica is a mother with three obnoxious kids, one with ASD, ADHD, ODD, and Severe Anxiety. She struggles daily with her afflictions, but fights them so that she can be strong and supportive of her children. As a freelance writer, she writes for such sites as Copy Press, Blogdash, BlogMutt, TextBroker, and many other clients. Be sure to check out her most recent work.

 

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