There’s something about a good, homemade stuffing (or dressing as some call it) that makes the whole Thanksgiving meal that much better. I have tried a number of different types of stuffing in my years, but I always found them to be very soggy and while many love it that way, I’m just not a fan of the mush. Once we had kids and I started wanting to cook entire thanksgiving feasts by myself, I realized that without the perfect stuffing recipe, my feast was going to be more of a flop. Over the years, I finally perfected the recipe and now, I’m excited to share it with all of you on the blog today (link is in my bio or you can swipe up in stories).
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Apparently, it’s my birthday 🎂 … Isn’t it funny how as you get older, your birthday gets less and less exciting? I used to do a countdown, like a month in advance. I would remind everyone I saw. It was ridiculous. Now, if it wasn’t for the 3049823048 notifications that I get from FB, from all of the people that I haven’t heard from since last year, I might not even remember it’s my birthday at all. But since the cat’s out of the bag, yes, it’s my birthday. I’m 35 + shipping and handling and feel every bit my age, especially when I try to keep up with my kids . I’m spending the day packing for my birthday vacation (whoop!) and look forward to celebrating with my family! Since I can’t take you all with me, I’ve joined a bunch of really awesome bloggers to give away $430 on the blog today! So take a minute, click on the #linkinbio or swipe up in stories and enter to win! What would you do with the extra money?
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What are your plans for Thanksgiving? AD: If you’re looking for a convenient and delicious dessert option for the holidays, check out @blueapron! For the first time, Blue Apron is introducing new dessert recipes just in time to wow your friends and family this Thanksgiving! Whether it’s your annual Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving dinner, Blue Apron supplies everything you need to create fresh, modern takes on Thanksgiving staples like pie and other desserts. We love it because you get exactly the right amount of ingredients and there is no over-buying or waste! 🙌🏻 This Pear Pie with Spiced Almond Crumble is Blue Apron’s take on a classic fruit pie. It’s brimming with quintessential fall flavors thanks to a sweet pear and currant filling. The warming blend of nutmeg, ginger, white pepper, and cloves (known as quatre épices, or four spices) adds a burst of flavor — the perfect complement to an irresistible crumble topping. They also offer a Cornmeal Upside Down Cake with Raisins, Fig & Walnuts. Both are incredibly delicious! The new desserts are available for one week only. Order before November 19, 2019 for delivery the week of Thanksgiving.  Visit blue apron.com/thanksgivinghero to save $20 off of your first 3 boxes!  #blueapronpartner #blueapron #pie #pies #thanksgiving #thanksgivingdinner #thanksgivingday #familyfriendly #kidfriendly #kidfriendlyfood #pearpie #convenience #whatsfordinner #foodstyle #foodpassion #foodography  #foodinsta #foodielovers #instafoods #yummyyummy #foodielife #foodielifestyle #deliciosa #palmbeachblogger #westpalmbeach #raedunnfinds #homegoodshappy #homegoodsfinds #hobbylobbyfinds #raedunn

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While I do talk about it in DMs when people reach out, it occurred to me that many of you are unaware of my other blog, @thesuperblogcoach. The story behind it is that I had a couple of incredible women who taught me what I needed to know to become a successful blogger and influencer so I could support my family through this fun career. I wanted to make sure I did the same for others. It got difficult repeating things over and over again so I decided to create a site where I would blog solely about tips for bloggers and influencers, no matter where in their journey they are. That way, I could direct people over there and they can read at their own speed. I don’t charge for any of the info. It’s totally free. Just my way of paying it forward. I hope you’ll check it out and if you have anything you’re currently struggling with, let me know. I’ll add it to my topic list for future blog posts! Now tell me, did you know about thesuperblogcoach.com?
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While there are so many reasons to love the holidays, they can be super stressful. #ad Between buying and wrapping gifts, cooking, getting the house ready and all of the gatherings, it's just go-go-go until the end of the year. I've found five ways to lessen the stress for you and your
family this holiday season, including why we serve @drinkmilos. Head to the blog to hear my tips! #MilosMoments
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In honor of this smiling horse, and because yesterday’s pun tanked (guess most of you have never heard ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg?’)... today I’m sharing a horse joke. 🐎 
Once upon a time there was a rich man that was driving past a farm, he looked over and saw a beautiful stallion standing in the field. The rich man thought, ‘Wow I gotta have him’ so he pulled into the farm’s entrance. He found the owner and said, “I want that horse out yonder in that field. How much do you want for him?” The farmer said, “He don’t look to good.” “Nonsense” said the rich man “I’ll pay you $1000 for him.” “But he don’t look to good,” said the farmer. The rich man sighed and said, “$2000 dollars is my final offer.” The farmer sold the beautiful horse to the rich man. One week later the rich man came back angry as ever and said, “Darn you, you sold me a blind horse!” Then the farmer smiled and said, “I TOLD YOU HE DIDN’T LOOK TOO GOOD!!!!” .
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I just ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon.  I'll let you know.
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One thing I regret is not having newborn photos taken of all three girls. I’ve looked back at Falynn’s photos so many times over the years and they still give me all the feels. We were so blessed to have been able to have them taken by @jenpriesterphotography. Jen is so talented and really the sweetest person. I am forever grateful that she made the trip from Michigan to Florida to capture these for us. Did you have professional newborn pictures taken of your kids?
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Let’s talk about photo editing. There are so many people on IG that I admire, when it comes to their editing and photography styles… @theautismcafe, @momsinknots, @taramoon and @dearauggie, just to name a few. I’m constantly trying to learn, grow and improve my photos. So I thought it would be fun to take an older photo and edit it again, just to see the changes in my own personal style. Swipe to see the original edit from earlier this year. Not a huge difference, but I do notice slight improvements. Which do you prefer? Do you tend to gravitate toward the darker or brighter feeds?
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Halloween is over, so we can start talking about Christmas now, right?! 🙌🏻 The holidays are usually a blur for me. Between decorating, cooking and prepping the house, its non-stop. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed when you add in our everyday chores as parents. I think it’s important to keep the kids occupied with something that you can use, instead of sitting them in front of a screen. Plus, it’s great to encourage your little one’s creativity. We love to choose a few projects every year and have the girls create our holiday décor. They love that we proudly display their projects and they make a great gift for your guests or their school friends! This year, we are excited to share our first Christmas craft idea, the snowman jar! What do you think?
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Explaining the Las Vegas Shooting to my Kids

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Waking up to the news that there had been yet another mass shooting saddened and shook me more than I could ever explain.  Over 500 injured and more than 50 dead in a mass shooting in Las Vegas.  What has happened to our world? As a human being, it’s frightening to realize that we aren’t safe anywhere but as a Mother, it’s even scarier trying to keep our kids free from the fear that we so rightfully feel.

It used to be that if you “kept your nose clean” (as my grandparents would say), you would stay out of harms way, but these days, we have to worry about places like the movies, concerts, clubs, malls and even school.  When I read about what happened last night in Las Vegas, I had to take a moment and mourn for what this world has become.  I want my children to be able to do things, go to local events, travel all over the world… but should we have to be constantly worried about what may happen or who might be there? How do we live our lives knowing that what happened in Vegas to these innocent concertgoers, could have been any of us?

I’ve read so much about these shooters over the last few years and it seems that the majority of them are struggling with something internally and wind up attacking people that they don’t know or have no problem with personally.  People find themselves dying or injured just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.  It’s frightening to think of the number of concerts that we’ve been to and how that could have just as easily been us fighting for our lives.  Why are so many innocent people being punished for one person’s misery?  How does that solve anything?  What could have been done differently that might have prevented these tragic events? Would stricter gun control help?  Would more security help?  Would the lack of media and notoriety for these unstable individuals make them second guess their actions?  Or… are they even doing it for the attention?  I’m afraid we’ll never have the answers to these questions… at least in our lifetime.

I struggle with sitting my kids down again today and explaining the “why”.  How do I assure them that they don’t have to lock themselves in our home to stay safe?  How do I encourage them to live their lives to the fullest and not to live in fear?   And worse… what if they don’t ask? What if this evil has become the norm for them because they hear about these tragedies so often?  I’m not even sure which is worse.

When the shooting in Orlando happened, which happens to be only a couple of hours from our home, I sat down with my two older girls and tried to explain.  I found myself focusing more on the positives than the negatives.  I spoke about the first responders and volunteers who risked their lives to save so many and how we should be grateful for each and every one of them.  I spoke about kindness, acceptance and love and how important it is to treat others with respect, regardless of their beliefs, views and opinions (which of course is difficult with the current situation in our country and the lack of positive role models in Washington… but that’s a whole different subject).  I spoke about the importance of smiling at strangers because you never know what they are going through and what your smile could do to change their entire day.  I spoke about the power of prayer and positivity.  And toward the end of our conversation, I found my girls coming up with their own ideas on how they could help.  And I cried.  Oh how I cried.  Their hearts are so pure and in a time where we are watching these mass shootings, all they wanted to do was make hand drawn cards and set up a lemonade stand to raise money for the victims.  And I prayed that they never change. I prayed that if anything positive comes from these tragic events, it’s that we use the opportunity to spread kindness just a little bit more.

Our kids deserve better, don’t they? They deserve to live in a world where they can live their dreams without allowing fear to stop them.  They deserve to have kids of their own and not have to inherit the burden of sitting down to explain these situations to them.  While I know there will always be violence, my only wish is that we embrace one another, look out for one another and spread positivity whenever and wherever possible.  If we can come together in horrifying times like these, why can’t we come together all of the time?  Let’s do it for our future.  Let’s do it for our kids.

**Featured image by David Becker/Getty Images
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