All posts by Sarah Cottrell

One mother’s inspiring story of overcoming loss

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The following content is a guest post by Brea Schmidt of The Thinking Branch. More information on how to become a guest blogger for Housewife Plus can be found at the end of this post. Thank You, Miracle Machine. You Can Take A Rest Now By Brea Schmidt My youngest turned one a couple of […]

The mystifying death of this woman is just the beginning of her story

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If you’re familiar at all with the hit Broadway show Hamilton, then you know all about the famous duel in which Aaron Burr shot and killed Alexander Hamilton in 1804. When the smoke cleared, Burr fled to South Carolina where his daughter, Theodosia Burr Alston lived with her family. Skip ahead to 1813 and we find Mrs. […]

How did the Sound of Music become a Christmas movie?

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Last night, like every other year, I stayed up to watch The Sound of Music on network TV while I wrapped Christmas presents and waxed poetic about my watching this same movie as a kid. I sang all the songs with enthusiasm despite being totally tone deaf and I went to bed with visions of […]

Few know the surprising origin of the Yankee Swap

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If you are from Maine or any New England state for that matter then chances are pretty good that you’ve participated in a Yankee Swap during the holidays. But do you really know what a Yankee Swap is or where it came from? Be prepared to be amazed as I drop some historical facts on you. […]