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Audrey van Petegem
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Audrey van Petegem is an independent blogger that has been published on a variety of online magazines and blogs, suchas, BlogHer, Elephant Journal, and Midlife Boulevard. She is proud to be a baby boomer and would be the first to tell you the good, the bad and the ugly about this stage in life.

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To Honor And Obey? Yeah Right ... Renewing Wedding Vows In A Long-Term Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 5:54 AM

The other night my husband and I were out with friends. Over dinner one of our friends made a statement that really resonated with me. He jokingly talked about changing and renewing wedding vows after children leave home and become self-sufficient adults. I thought that was a great idea!


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Have Courage and Always Be Kind and 7 Other Lessons Cinderella Teaches Us

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 3:36 PM

This time of year, as the weather gets colder, all I want to do is cuddle with my two daughters under a blanket and watch movies all day. We were thrilled when last week we were able to watch on TV one of our favorite movies, Cinderella, starring Lila James...

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Amsterdam With Kids!

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 4:32 PM

If you think that Amsterdam is only for adults with attractions like the Heineken Brewery, House of Bol and The Bulldog, you may want to rethink what this beautiful city offers to families. Below are five attractions and five events that are fun to...

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What Running a Lemonade Stand Teaches Us About Marketing Strategies

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 11:53 AM

Like many children in America, my girls and their friends ran a lemonade stand one Saturday morning this last summer. As I was doing yard work nearby, I could not help but to observe their marketing strategy. My oldest daughter, who is almost a teen, understood the value of a...

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Tapping into the Power of You: Resistance in Finding Your Tribe

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 3:24 PM

Humans are social beings. We, by nature, have a need to be with others. Finding one's tribe is paramount to feeling like we belong somewhere. When we feel included in a tribe we not only have a better sense of self but we also become more self-confident.

I tend...

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Why It's Sometimes OK To Keep Secrets From Your Spouse

(63) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 10:33 PM

Freedom and independence in my marriage started with me not taking my husband's last name and has continued to be important to me. When I got married 29 years ago, I was insistent on the wedding vow passage where it states that when we join in marriage we still remain...

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Happy Holidays and Happy Reading! A Book Gift Guide

(21) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 12:22 PM

The holidays are coming and you know what that means... It's that time of year when you start looking for inspiring gift ideas to give to friends and family! Sure you can give gift cards or clothes, but why not give...
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Why I Was Disappointed When I Went Clothes Shopping With My Daughters

(7) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 1:59 PM

I have always let my daughters dress themselves. I feel this is one form of self expression that is an important one to learn early on. I may not always agree but I have never criticized their choice of assemble. My soon-to-be 9-year-old tends to wear what is comfortable without...

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Face-Reading: An Advantage in Business

(6) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 12:03 AM

Author Jean Haner, an anglo-saxon, married into a Chinese family and her mother-in-law taught her everything she knew about the ancient art of face-reading. After Jean realized that her mother-in-law was not just judging people but was, in fact, correct in her opinion of them, she continued her studies with...

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Thinking of Blogging With a Partner? Read This First

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Today, with so much to do, it is hard for a single entrepreneur to be successful. Bloggers, in particular, work long hours with very little in return. With so much competition out there, and so many social media platforms demanding a blogger's 24/7/365 attention, along with the demands of operating...

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Will You Come to My Funeral?

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 3:28 PM

When my husband and I relocated 20 years ago to the United States, we left behind dear friends and all of our immediate family. To say it was a difficult move is putting it mildly. Although we were excited about this new adventure we were embarking on, we were going...

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Listen Up, Men: Older Women Enjoy Sex!

(6) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 11:27 AM

I have noticed an interesting trend on Facebook lately. Women my age, meaning us midlifers, are sharing intimate details about our sexuality. Like honing pigeons, we are finding each other, being open on our thoughts about sex and aging and lending support. We are discussing how we are rediscovering, or...

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Social Media Guidelines for Your Employees

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 11:37 AM

With the growth of a company, chances are the online presence will also grow. This is good news, because with the online landscape continuing to mature, the opportunities to communicate with others and the world is evolving, adding to your reach and, ultimately, your bottom line. It is important to...

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To Botox or Not to Botox -- That Is the Question

(12) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 3:35 PM

I have spent this last year focusing on myself in a series I wrote about turning 50. But, I got carried away and became a little too self-absorbed. I made a mistake. A huge mistake. Warning signs should have been noted but I kept plowing forward. I got botoxed! It...

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Can a Marriage Have Both Love AND Desire?

(88) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 3:25 PM

I was recently on a short flight from Toronto to Chicago and sat beside a gentleman from France. I normally have casual chats with the person sitting beside me that either end as quickly as they start or we find a common interest and talk the whole flight.

This chance...

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5 Languages of Love

(7) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 2:22 PM

For some reason, I seem to be always talking about Love these days. Hum... I wonder why? Anyway, I do find it a fascinating and complicated topic. How do we love? How do we know when someone loves us? How do we express our love? Inevitably, I bring a book...

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The 5 Stages of Coping With Loss -- No Matter How Small

(8) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 2:51 PM

One of the greatest lessons of Buddhism is that of impermanence -- that what comes into one's life will, at some point, leave. I'm not saying that we all have to embrace the teaching of Buddhism, but there is wisdom in this train of thought. We will, in fact, lose...

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Veteran's Day: Louis Zamperini's Story Is One Of A True Hero

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 5:24 AM

One of my favorite books that my book club read was the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (author of Seabiscuit). It is a story of an Olympic hopeful who roomed with Jesse Owens and met Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics. When WWII broke out and the 1940 Olympic games...

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High School Reunions -- Best Time To Attend Is In Your Fifties!

(19) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 7:22 AM

We are coming up to the season of high school reunions. Have you ever gone to a high school reunion? I think back about my 10-year high school reunion and remember how it was all about what we were doing with our lives, what college we had gone to, where...

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Defining My Own Beauty Now That I'm 50

(64) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 8:22 AM

As I recently delved into all sorts of questions regarding oh... little things such as the dichotomy of love and desire in my marriage and the discovery...

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