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What I Didn’t Know Nine Months Ago

  “That can’t be…That can’t be…me?” I stared at the side-by-side image that’s now on your screen. Fresh-faced and innocent, there’s November Natalie, beaming and slightly-freaking-out after reading the word “Pregnant” on that fateful test. Swollen and worn-down, there’s Natalie of Today (38 weeks pregnant tomorrow), protruding belly button and flabby arms, ready any day

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The Hidden Costs of Pregnancy

I’m cheap. Ok, some people like to use the term “frugal,” but really, purchasing things can cause me great anxiety. Especially if it’s anything I can convince myself I can live without. So pregnancy has really thrown me — and our budget — for a loop. I figured I would need to buy some maternity

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Self-Employment Taxes: Working From Home

I really do love working from home. I love that I can work for people in Florida, Massachusetts and France. I love that all I need is a half-decent computer and internet connection. I love that I have some flexibility in my schedule so if I need to go to get a whooping cough vaccine

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25 Weeks Pregnant: The Sugar Cravings

I haven’t experienced any of those bizarre pickles-and-ice-cream-type cravings yet. Once I got through the everything-made-me-sick first trimester, I moved into the always-starving stage. For the most part, I’m predictably hungry, but I don’t feel queasy if I go an extra hour or two between meals. I’ve gotten better at the art of snacking, as

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Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins: Pregnancy Cravings

Exactly one month ago, my 19 week pregnant self was desperate for some kind of sweet Saturday morning breakfast. Cue Pinterest. After searching through hundreds of pins, I stopped on this one — Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip muffins. Um, yes! I’m actually one of those people who thinks chocolate should be an afternoon treat. I

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How I Celebrated Women’s Day

This morning I rolled out of bed just after 6:30 a.m. I curled up in my favorite chair and opened my prayer journal — with my husband and I deciding which job he should take, I had a lot to say to God this morning. A lot to pray about. Some time later I closed

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Where is Home?

Today we welcomed a complete stranger into our flat. If she liked it, she’ll be the next person living in our sweet little apartment in St. Andrews, Scotland. It’s odd to tell someone the good, bad and ugly about the place where I’m currently living — about “my” home. It’s strange to think that in

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