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Madeline Franzen

Madeline Franzen is an auntie of five, lover of literature, and coffee addict. She spends her free time writing, binge watching Netflix shows, and curling up in a blanket with a great book and a glass of wine.

11 Pumpkin Decorating Tips for Every Skill Level

When I was younger, pumpkin carving was my favorite part of autumn (except, of course, for getting candy on Halloween). My family and I would put enough newspaper down to cover most of the kitchen floor, and we would all get to work creating our own jack-o-lanterns. This tradition died after a while, as my …

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13 Low Carb Chicken Recipes You Don’t Want to Miss

Chicken is definitely my favorite source of protein. It’s yummy, versatile, and generally inexpensive. The one downside is that pretty much every chicken recipe that looks good to me is loaded with carbs. Or, at least, every chicken recipe that shows up randomly on the newsfeeds of my social media accounts. Regardless, in my attempt …

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18 Fun 4th of July Traditions to Start with Your Family

The 4th of July was one of my favorite holidays while growing up. Every year, my family would pack up a blanket and head to our local high school, where they would set off fireworks on the football field. We would run around and play, we’d grab snacks from the concession stand, and when it …

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16 Healthy Ice Cream Recipes You Can Enjoy Guilt Free

Ice cream and popsicles are honestly my favorite part of warm weather. Seriously. I could eat an entire tub of the stuff in one sitting (not that I know from experience or anything). Unfortunately, my body doesn’t like ice cream quite as much as my taste buds do, and I usually end up really regretting even …

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16 Last Day of School Traditions Your Kids Will Remember Forever

The last day of the school year can be pretty bittersweet. On the one hand, you and your child are saying good-bye to another chapter of life, and that can be a little sad. But on the other hand, who doesn’t love summer?! The warm, sunny days spent poolside, the freedom to sleep in just …

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19 Easter Traditions to Start With Your Family

Family traditions are so important. They’re a great way to strengthen your family’s bond, teach values, and offer comfort and security to your children. Since Easter is just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start a new holiday tradition with your family. Choose one (or several) ideas from this list of 19 …

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