Dear Mom, Have I Ever Told You?

Dear Mom, Have I Ever Told You?

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Dear Mom,

I just wanted to say thank you for being the best role model a girl could ask for. For all those times that I complained about something that seemed like such a big deal at the time, thank you for keeping me sane and assuring me you just want the best for me. Although often times I don't show it, I would be lost without you.

Your constant guidance has taught me many things throughout these years. Without you, I would never know right from wrong. Whether it was as simple as an inappropriate outfit I wore at the age of 16, or as stressful as what I want to do when I grow up, you have always been right there guiding me in the right direction.

Your constant love inspires me. You never fail to cheer me up when I'm sad, or send me an "I love you" text message, just because. When I'm having a bad day, one minute I'm in the best mood ever and the next I'm miserable and for some reason you don't get upset.

I know you will always tell me the truth. Whether I want to hear it or not, you know what's best and you make sure I know that. I know I can always look to you for advice because you will tell me how it is and that's what I love about you.

Thanks for being my biggest fan. Ever since I was a little girl you have been at everything. Every awards ceremony, every sports game, every dance recital and every birthday party. Rain or shine, I know I can count on you to be there and to be honest, that's the best feeling in the world.

You're my "go to." If I have a question involving school, boys, friends, work, a sickness or dinner, you know the answer. They say moms know everything and they're not wrong. I don't know how you do it, but your intelligence amazes me.

Lastly, thank you for being my best friend. I wouldn't be the person I am today without you. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have a mother like you and I wouldn't change it for a thing. Even though we have had our fair share of disagreements, we make up for it with all the good times and memories we share together. I just want you to know, you are the best mom in the whole wide world and I hope someday I am half the woman you are.

Love Always,

Your little girl

Cover Image Credit: Jill Alaimo

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.
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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.


Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

Cover Image Credit: Caity Callan

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Your Zodiac Sign, But As One Of The Most Iconic Halloween Treats

Trick or treat - find out what type of Halloween candy you are!

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It's officially October, and everyone knows what that means...it's basically Halloween already! Trick or treaters will descend upon neighborhoods in droves to collect their sugary fortunes. Get your pillowcase ready - which candy best symbolizes you based on your Zodiac sign?

Aries (Mar. 21 - Apr. 19): Crunch Bars

The identifying trait of an Aries is their boldness. That pop of personality is ever so comparable to the characteristic crunch of a Crunch bar!

Taurus (Apr. 20 - May 20): Almond Joy

Taureans are known to absolutely love their "me" time. Embrace a sweet escape to an exotic island with an Almond Joy this Halloween!

Gemini (May 21 - Jun. 20): Peanut M&Ms

Peanuts plus chocolate equals double the flavor, double the texture, and double the size! A Gemini would be proud to see this in their haul at the end of a long night of trick-or-treating.

Cancer (Jun. 21 - Jul. 22): Candy Corn

Cancers are known to be one of the most intuitive signs, able to think on many different levels. Cancers have layers. Candy corn has layers. It's a match made in Halloween heaven.

Leo (Jul. 23 - Aug. 22): Hershey's Chocolate

No candy is more fitting for the king of the astrological jungle than the King of Chocolate, Hershey's. Take your throne and enjoy!

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): Three Musketeers

Virgo, the practical sign. Logic and simplicity come naturally to Virgos, and in no candy are these traits better encapsulated than in the simple yet satisfying Three Musketeers.

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Anyone who has ever had a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup (and liked it) knows that the true secret behind its peanut buttery, chocolatey goodness is the balance between the flavors - a characteristic which a true Libra is bound to enjoy.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): Sour Patch Kids

Much like a Scorpio, these tart treats pack a punch! Scorpios are known for being passionate and powerful, and what better way to express that energy than with the powerful flavors of Sour Patch Kids?

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21): Snickers

Sagittarius is characterized as the curious, adventurous sign. The interesting textures and flavors of Snickers will keep these explorers-at-heart satisfied until the last bite!

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): Twizzlers

You can bite into them, you can peel them, you can even tie them into knots! Soft and pliable, stretchy and sweet, Twizzlers definitely emulate the adaptable nature of Capricorns.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): Junior Mints

Aquarians are cool, calm, and collected. They are sophisticated, but still fun-loving at heart. Junior Mints are the way to go for any Aquarius.

Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20): Skittles

Pisces are imaginative and bubbly. Their colorful personalities are best described by the rainbow of Skittles. This Halloween, let your Piscean flag fly and taste the rainbow!

And if you're wondering, yes. I did have to resist the urge to write Swedish Fish here.

There you have it: all the Zodiac signs as Halloween candies. Don't let this stop you from enjoying all the different types of candy this October, though!

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