Emailing With My Girlfriends

Michelle Dickstein is the mother of three young daughters (two of which are identical twins). As a full-time working mom living in Copley, OH, Michelle is passionate about enjoying the moment as a family of five and living the very best life with her husband. She loves planning delicious, nutritious, and cost-effective meals, finding ways to save money to then indulge in really high quality and decadent chocolate, creating different sewing projects (which may take literally years to complete), planning family vacations, helping new parents, supporting breastfeeding moms, and looking forward to visits with her girlfriends. While originally from the east coast and a self-proclaimed technology laggard, Michelle's maintained incredibly close relationships with her long-distance girlfriends via email. Since having her first daughter, Michelle has read many parenting & lifestyle books as well as countless scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals, editorials, and blogs. She likes learning what the “experts” say and picking and choosing what works best for her. Then Michelle shares experiences and observations by writing her musings on her blog, to help others avoid learning some lessons the hard way (like make sure your kid takes a trip to the potty before starting a video, otherwise your couch will get peed on). Her blog was created to help others live their best and happiest life, and it is what Michelle is dedicated to achieving at

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