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Six lessons I learned from Mom

It took me until about age 24 to not roll my eyes when Mom offered unsolicited advice or an opinion. As the oldest and only girl in my family (I have three younger brothers), I believed the world centered around me. And it didn’t help that my late dad let me believe it, too.  Despite my eye rolling and self-centered teen years (OK, into my 20s), Mom has always been there giving me advice and subtle hints. She continues to be there. In honor of Mother’s Day. Here are six of many things I’ve learned from her along the way. 1. Live life with a servant heart. I watched my mom work 11-hour days at the family day care center while...

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All in the (Italian) Family

When I told my family that Laura and I were starting a pajamas business for hot flashes and night sweats they were as cordial as they could be on the outside; while scratching their heads on the inside. You see I’m a fashion-challenged, risk-averse, non-seamstress, marketing type. I get my lack of seamstress skills honestly. Unlike Laura’s mom who handmade her clothes, my mom’s idea of hemming my pants was to “roll them up.” And for special occasions she’d reluctantly use that hemming tape, Stitch Witchery, and an iron. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. When my daughter needed her Girl Scout patches sewn on her Brownie vest, my husband had to do it. Textiles, however, really are...

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