Emily Westbrooks

Freelance writer and blogger from Maine, previously in Dublin, now in Houston. Wife to an Irishman, mama to Maya.
Recent Articles

Is Whole Foods Open On Memorial Day 2018? Your Cookout Depends On It

If you've googled any store opening hours in the last few days, you might have noticed a little phrase starting to pop up: "Memorial Day might affect these hours." And while you haven't yet considered whether the places you frequent on a regular basi…
By Emily Westbrooks

6 Super Cute DIY Graduation Gifts For Kindergarteners, That Require Zero Craft Skills

When we say graduation season is upon us, that means the slightly more under-the-radar graduations as well. While you might not immediately think of kindergarten when you're thinking of graduation season, it's an accomplishment that's worth celebrati…
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10 Cute Gifts For Kindergarten Grads, That'll Knock Their Tiny Socks Off

I'm fairly certain that when I graduated from kindergarten, there were no gifts. But now that I'm a parent, I can totally see how this has become a thing. It's really fun to celebrate your kid and what they've accomplished! And with tragedies hitting…
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Don't Expect To Spot Meghan Markle's Ex-Husband In The Royal Wedding Crowd

An invite to the royal wedding is arguably the hottest ask in the world, and it was fun trying to guess who would be in attendance while waiting for the day to arrive. Now that the royal wedding is upon us, we can all finally confirm if our predictio…
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David Beckham Made A Very *Posh* Appearance At The Royal Wedding

It was one of the biggest questions of the royal wedding as guests were pouring in: Which celebrity showed up now? Big time celebs like Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra were definitely in the chapel when Meghan and Harry got married, but I was rea…
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Prince Harry's "First Look" At Meghan Markle At The Royal Wedding Is Rather Traditional

We were all on pins and needles awaiting the event of the year: the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. If you're a proper royal wedding fan, you were probably been up since the early hours of the night, getting a British breakfast going…
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12 Cheap & Creative Decorating Ideas For That Graduation Party You Promised To Throw

It's graduation season and if you have a graduation party to plan and throw, that just adds to the general craziness of this time of year. It seems there's another event, especially if you're a parent of a graduate, every single night for weeks on en…
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You Will Cry Watching These 7 Ridiculously Inspiring High School Graduation Speeches

I am not the biggest fan of graduations. I hope I'm not the only one, but I generally find them so long and so dull. I can't remember my high school graduation speakers and my college graduation speaker was an ancient physicist we still talk about be…
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16 Hilarious Graduation Memes That Everyone Attending A Ceremony Can Appreciate

Graduation is such an exciting time for graduates. They've worked so hard, gotten the grades to pass their classes; maybe some of them have managed to get a job after college or get into the college of their dreams after high school. But it's also a …
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10 Last-Minute Royal Wedding Party Ideas That You Can Still Pull Off, Even On Friday Night

The countdown is on! In less than 48 hours, we'll all be sitting, bleary-eyed, in front of the television or computer, watching the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. If you're hoping to host a viewing party but haven't gotten any decor…
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13 Quintessentially English Breakfast Recipes To Make While Watching The Royal Wedding

Does the impending royal wedding have you lifting your pinky finger when you drink your coffee every morning? The upcoming nuptials have me oddly excited to whip up some English cuisine for a very early morning watch party, which will probably consis…
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9 Royal Wedding-Themed Party Decorations That Meghan & Harry Fans Will Totally Flip For

Royal wedding fever has definitely set in. Are you ready to host your royal wedding watch party? It's totally cheesy and maybe a little basic, but it's also totally irresistible. Meghan Markle is making history as one of the first mixed future prince…
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Everything You Need To Pull Off A Memorable Royal Wedding Watch Party

I'll admit that I wasn't terribly excited about the very early start time for the royal wedding until I thought about the fact that this is probably the last royal wedding we'll get to watch for the next 20-30 years, when Prince George, Princess Char…
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18 Super Inspiring Quotes To Put On Your Graduation Cap

I'll admit that when I graduated from high school and college, decorating your graduation cap wasn't just frowned upon, we were threatened with expulsion if we did so much as iron the gown the wrong way. It seems things have loosened just a little in…
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There's A Perfectly Logical Reason Why Royals Are Always Wearing Ornate Hats To Weddings

With the royal wedding buzz building, I'm just about ready to buy a fascinator to wear at 5 a.m. when I get up to watch the festivities that will take place across the pond. There's something about ornate hats and headpieces that make us think of roy…
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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Reportedly Now Share The Same Religion

It's all royal wedding all the time now, right? Until May 19, very early in the morning, when I get to sit in front of the TV before my kids even get up and ooh and ahh over all of the fancy outfits and British regal tradition, I'm going to be ponder…
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This Lucky Person Will Walk Meghan Markle Down The Aisle When She Marries Prince Harry

I vividly remember the last royal wedding. I was working in Dublin, and I'm pretty sure the productivity of the entire country of Ireland stopped altogether for the hours of royal wedding coverage. And with the realization that we'll likely have a pr…
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11 Sweet Mother's Day Gifts For Your Pregnant Daughter That Will Totally Make Her Smile

Despite the fact that my daughter is only a toddler, I can already imagine how emotional and sentimental I'll be if and when she's pregnant. I know I'll be wracking my brain to find the perfect Mother's Day gift that will make her feel loved, relaxed…
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11 Easy Mother's Day Crafts Kids Can Make, To Make Mom Swoon

My kids are still fairly young, which means that making crafts with them tends to be a much bigger mess than I ever anticipated, but I also adore anything and everything they manage to create. It also means I appreciate anyone who's willing to help t…
By Emily Westbrooks

What To Do If Your Child Gets Stung By A Bee

I have a latent fear of my daughter getting stung by a bee. I was stung many times in my childhood, including once on the behind an hour before my piano recital when I was 10, so I'm well aware that bee stings are a natural part of life. However, if …
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