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I've been thinking a lot lately about how the simple things in life are really the big things in life. Things like spending time with family, and accumulating more experiences rather than accumulating more stuff.  We are in the process of moving. We are also downsizing from a house to a townhome, so I have this "throw it away" mentality lately. But this also has me thinking, what do I really need? What are my "must haves"? When we moved to Chicago 3-years ago we got rid of a lot of stuff. And I should note that this was our...

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I follow many amazing women on social media and I’m drawn to different people for different reasons. Sometimes it’s a gorgeous bike or an interesting post. Other times a badass boss babe is hustling her biz and I want to show her some love and support. What first caught my eye about Janet was her seemingly easy-going presence. A kind of look-you-square-in-the-eye confidence, without being confrontational. Don’t get me wrong, her bike is beautiful, but she just seems to have a unique and peaceful vibe about her. Oh, and let me tell you something else. This babe rocks a bandana...

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One of my core values for Ride Like a Girl Designs is creating jewelry that is durable and comfy both off and on the bike. If you’re like me, you don’t like to sacrifice style just because you’re out riding all day. Am I right? But you also know that not all jewelry is comfy for riding, especially if you wear full gear. Earrings are often too heavy or bulky to fit under a helmet. Bracelets can bunch up or slide up and down your wrists, under your jacket. So, I set out to make a collection of hoop earrings...

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Curious by nature, you can usually find me asking other people questions in social situations. I prefer to learn more about someone else, rather than talk about myself. So, it’s no big surprise that I would start an interview series. Being a female rider, in what is still a male dominated sport, lead me to want to know how other women have gotten their start. I’m fascinated with women who ride, but in particular moms who ride. I started riding later in life when my kids were already teenagers. But many of the women I’ve interviewed started riding at a...

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Suddenly it’s May and Mother’s Day is less than 2-weeks away. Even though I’ve been a mom for 27-years, Mother’s Day is about remembering and honoring my mom, not me. Even though she passed away 16-years ago, in my heart I will always celebrate her on Mother’s Day. I recall my sister and I giving her a donut maker which was really more like a waffle iron but for donuts. I’m not even sure my mom liked donuts, but us kids sure did! She used it exactly one time. The hot oil caused so much smoke it set off the...

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