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Make Way

See, despite the feeling of trying to make way in the middle of a rainy wood, feeling utter defeat, I know there’s always sunlight over me. I know that it gets better. I have said to myself, “but I am SO sick of telling myself that it’s going to get better.” Okay, so then what, girl?

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A 2021 Musical Year In Review

This year felt like four different years. I felt like we truly lived in 2021 in quarters or in seasons at time. Each one bringing some unique kind of chapter or story to it. Some kind of new wave or page of live being unfolded before us. What an adventure. I say that with joy, […]

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2020 Year End Music Review and Then Some

Woah. It’s been a minute since I wrote up one of these. Actually, it’s been a year since I’ve written a music review to sum up the year, so I knew I needed to do a 2020 music review. I started to write one last year, and just couldn’t finish it. You see, this is […]

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SOUPTEMBER! Mary Mangia Soup Recipe Round Up

It’s SOUPTEMBER! Yes – a made up pun to celebrate all things soup in the month of September. It’s primo time to whip up some favorites as we prepare for the winter season. You’re in luck, because I’m sharing the best of the best in my soup recipes for a one-stop-shop for all things soups. […]

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Travel Guide: Galena, Illinois

This may be only my second travel guide, but I have been to Galena, Illinois more times than I could count! It all started way before my mom even graduated high school. My grandparents purchased a home in The Galena Territory (home to Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa), and the rest is history. Well, history […]

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Why I Decided To Become A Realtor

Since becoming a realtor over the last year, the number one question I am asked is why I decided to become a realtor. I will have to say that 99% of the time people are truly interested and I give my best answer. And I am going to share that with you. You see, I […]

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Caprese Salad with Burrata

My family has a special relationship with caprese salad. We say it in all types of ways, but “CAH-PRAY-ZEE,” is probably the most popular way we say it amongst my “CAH-RAY-ZEE” family. My brother, Michael, though has taken it to a new level. One word: BURRATA. My brother is a champ in the kitchen and […]

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2018 Musical Year in Review

Oh, this year. What a year. There are good years, but are there bad years? Sure, depending on how you look at it. I won’t call this a bad year. You know why? It pushed me harder than I thought I could be pushed. It stretched muscles that I didn’t even know I had.  I’ve dealt with anything […]

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*taps mic* Is This Thing On? Learning to Finding My Voice Again

I used to write. I used to write so much. I don’t know what happened, but I turned into somewhat of a mute doll. Quite and pretty, speaks when spoken to; I sit and stir patiently waiting to pipe up. I sit and wait to have my turn. I sit and wait until it’s screaming […]

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A Musical Year In Review

In years past, I have taken some songs that were on my top played list on Spotify and talked about what they meant to me, why the heck I was listening to them so much. It was also much more than that. To me, it was a time for reflection. It was a time for […]

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