Suzanne Paulo

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As an Army daughter, wife, and mother, Suzanne knows “home is where the Army sends you.” A proud graduate of Washington State University, Suzanne now lives in North Texas where she is a middle school teacher. She enjoys reading, traveling, cycling, riding motorcycles, and alpine skiing.
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Friday Favorites – Suzanne’s Top 5 Tips for Beautiful Skin

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Compliments are funny things. You never know what people pay attention to, and I’m often taken aback when I receive one. The most frequent compliment I get is that I have beautiful skin, and it...
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A Sci-fi Film Reminded Me That In The End, We Want All Of Us...

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Like many people, I enjoy the movie-watching experience. It’s always a pleasant surprise when I watch a movie that far exceeds my expectations. Released earlier this year on Netflix, Stowaway—billed as a science-fiction thriller—was...
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Teaching Mindfulness For Healthy Kids, Inside and Out

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While reading fellow contributor Rebecca Hurtley’s excellent post on self-love recently, I was reminded of the adage: you are what you think. It occurred to me that in the practice of self-love, you really need...
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Friday Favorites – Suzanne’s Favorite Non-Potato Chips

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On day five of the freeze of the century here in Texas this past winter—because a global pandemic is just not punishment enough sometimes—my husband and I decided it was time to venture out...
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What I Learned From Grieving Long Distance

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I lost a dear friend today. She was one of my people. It’s a loss that I now feel acutely, but I know it will settle into chronic once I’ve processed that she is truly...
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The Wonderful Benefits of AFRCs – A Resort Experience at a Fraction of the...

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My husband and I are coming up on 35 years of marriage. For those of you just starting out, that sounds like forever, but trust me, it goes fast. We carefully sandwiched our wedding between...
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Home Is Where The Military Sends You…and It May Send You To Strange Places

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“Where did you grow up?” It’s a simple question, with an obviously easy answer, right?  Unless you were or are a military child. Then it can go something like this: “Where’s home?”“Texas…now.”“Cool, what’s your hometown?”“I didn’t grow...
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Friday Favorites: Suzanne’s Book Recommendations for OCONUS Moves with Kids

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Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between. One of...
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Social Media: Is It Really a Dilemma?

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I just finished watching "The Social Dilemma," a documentary released a few months ago on Netflix about the intent behind social media platforms. The producers talked to a variety of people—many of whom invented...
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What is Emotional Poverty?

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The human brain is so amazing. The more we learn about it, the more we know we don’t know. I find brain-based research fascinating. I recently learned about a condition that I didn't know existed,...
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Friday Favorites – Suzanne’s Favorite Ways to Use Peppermint Oil

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Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between. A few...

I Am A Teacher: The Last Career I Thought I Would Love

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I’m a middle school teacher. I have a lot of things displayed in my classroom, but this is among my favorites: Anyone who deals with children on a daily basis will be able to...