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This week, I witnessed a tearful surprise that will undoubtedly endure as one of my most cherished moments. My son flew across the world to surprise his sister.

Originally, we just didn’t see this trip happening because we are heading back to Florida immediately after her June 3rd graduation. Even though she understood the cost of a pan-Pacific ticket made little sense with this time frame, we knew how much she wanted him to be here.

Tearful Surprise

Still, her dad decided to check the airline website one more time last Sunday to discover that we could actually get a reasonable frequent flyer ticket on very short notice…fast forward one week and we pulled off a tearful surprise none of us will ever forget.

Get out your tissues and click the link below…he ran up and said, “Hey, it’s my turn to sit up front!”


Mary Kate’s Graduation Surprise


So now, I may still be knee-deep in packing and planning, but I have my whole family together, which makes a world of difference!

Featured Faves From Last Week

Each of this week’s features will help you put a better foot forward and make some positive changes this Spring!

Elaine – Finding My Way Forward – Choose To Be Happy

Choose To Be Happy

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 Bag and Jewelry Organization

        Carla – Simplify Life with Mrs. R – How To Improve Your Midlife Diet

How To Improve Midlife Diet

Thistlewood  Farms – 10 Flower Printables


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Living It, Shellie




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  1. Sheila says:

    Thank you Shellie for liking my post about Miss Julia Sugarbaker. So many recalled fond memories of the character from Designing women. What a fun show it was. Sheila

  2. Hi Shellie! Thank you so much for featuring me this week! It was quite a surprise! Your post on your children brought tears to my eyes. My son lives 3,500 miles away and I only get to see him once a year so I know how much those special moments mean. I usually start crying on the flight out and always cry my way home lol. Your children will always be your children no matter how old they are. I’m very happy for you and your family!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Carla, it is so tough to be away from our kids, but then I guess it makes our together times just that much sweeter!

  3. REBECCA says:

    Such a pleasant surprise!

    Come check out my latest collab with Los Angeles based brand TOBI – I’m sure you’ll love it!


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