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Five Tips for Toddler Parenting

Right now, we’re raising a toddler. It is a delightful time in the development of a child. Cooper is so curious and creative. He surprises us almost every day. When Cooper was just a baby, I was a bit apprehensive about the toddler parenting phase. It’s the time when kids begin to develop their own opinions and become big enough to get into more dangerous trouble around the house. One thing I can say is that I’ve been surprised at how much my instincts have taken over. I find comfort in trusting my own instincts about a lot of aspects...

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7 Things I’d tell my 21 year old self

Like many people, when I turned 21 I was so excited about this whole new part of the world opening up to me. After having been left behind for months by older friends who were always “headed to the bars” in the later part of the evening, I was chomping at the bit for my turn to go along. If I ever end up stuck in a time machine, there are a few things I’d like to tell my 21 year old self. When I was finally able to go out to the bars with my friends, I didn’t even...

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Renee Larr is not defined by her search results

Type Michelle Williams into a search engine, and the last thing you’ll find is me. Depending on your perspective, that could be a really annoying problem or an incredible relief. My friend Renee Larr would probably consider it a miraculous blessing at this point in her life. Three months ago, I published an article about my friend Renee Larr’s story. Almost two years ago, she was the innocent victim of a malicious cyber-bullying attack that left some parts of her life in ruins. → Also Read: The Silver Lining for Renee Larr Turns out that sometimes the most lush and...

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9 Traits of Kick-Ass Friendships

Dish-y was born out of a friendship. Michelle and I have been friends for close to 18 years now. Wow, we’re old. In all seriousness, our friendship means a lot to us and we’ve learned a few lessons along the way. I’ve compiled a list of 9 characteristics that all kick-ass friendships have.   Kick-ass friendships grow as each person does. Life changes quickly. One minute you’re getting your driver’s license and the next minute you’re getting married. Good friendships should grow over time. They should mature as each friend’s life changes. Maybe you don’t feel the need to be...

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad | Recipe

Last weekend, I got to meet a couple of my best girlfriends in Chicago for a weekend of pampering. Not only did we get some phenomenal manicures and pedicures, but we also treated ourselves to some really great food. Dinner on Friday night was at a swanky little spot called the Gilt Bar in the near north district. Among our food selections that evening was a tasty little shaved Brussels sprouts salad. I was instantly obsessed. I warned my girlfriends immediately that I was going to be recreating that salad at home. It didn’t take long for me to do so....

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Social Media Shaming

Recently, I was perusing Facebook in a moment of boredom waiting for my carryout order to be ready at a local restaurant. I came across a story detailing a body-shaming incident in London of a man caught on camera dancing. A woman not only photographed him dancing but also publicly mocked him regarding his weight via Twitter.     It took me back to that day in July of 2013. The horrible moment when my whole life became a public punch line. A joke. I was made a fool of and my life was splashed all across Twitter. Just when...

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Learning to love life again after a crushing blow

It was May 4, 2012, and I woke up with a bit of a nagging worry in my heart. But I really didn’t think for a minute that this particular Friday would turn out to be the worst day of my life. I had planned to take a half day from work that day. My son, Cooper, and I were headed to a friend’s house that afternoon for a girls’ reunion—we had two good friends in town for a long-awaited visit. We were really looking forward to the playdate. The reason for my worry that morning was because my dad...

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Michelle’s Monthly Favorite Recipes for February 2015

Need some new recipe ideas? I’ve always got my eye out for the next big thing. I also use the MealBoard app for efficient meal planning, and I surf many of the sites that connect and import directly through the MealBoard app. These are some of my recent favorite recipes, and I’m giving a review about what I like, what I didn’t like, and how I adjusted. Favorite Recipes this Month Pasta e Fagioli Food.com One of my favorite places to get lunch is Olive Garden—for the unlimited soup & salad. Ok, and the breadsticks! I eat a ton of...

5 Killer Ideas for Valentine's Day Dinner at Home 0

5 Killer Ideas for Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home

Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year. That leaves plenty of time for prepping and cooking a killer dinner at home. Lots of people go out, but it’s the perfect time to do up an exceptional Valentine’s Day dinner at home. It’s probably better to treat yourself to a night out some time after the big Valentine’s Day rush. You’ll have a more relaxing and enjoyable evening when the restaurants are less crowded. That being said, we all want Valentine’s Day to be really special. This is when we want to dust off our most impressive cooking skills and...

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101 Small Plate Ideas to Make at Home

Small plates are my new favorite thing. If they are Spanish in nature, they’re called Tapas. Tapas were essentially my first exposure to the concept of making a bunch of small plates into a meal. And I’ve been developing a love affair with small plates ever since. Now that Rob and I have a kid (and a second one on the way!), we’ve been doing more at-home date nights. One of my favorite ways to make an at-home date night feel special is to make a bunch of small plates that we can share. At first, I started out with...