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    Unfortunately, failure and setback are part of every person's journey through this life. No way around it. Gotta go through it. 

    However, just because you're experiencing a personal setback of sorts -- whether it's a breakup, a divorce, job loss, financial pitfalls, or just hard times in general -- it doesn't mean you are forever doomed to live beneath the pile of tissues and twisted sheets and dirty laundry you've buried yourself under. The setback is just where you are right this minute. It's not where you will always be. 

    So c'mon. Try to straighten your body out of fetal position. Maybe even lift a few of those snotty, tear-soaked tissues and walk them to the wastebasket. There you go. That's it. Baby steps. Baby steps to your very own comeback. Girl, it's gonna get better! And here are 13 inspiring quotes to light your way.

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    Mom Vicki described this room for little Leif as "a happy hodge-podge of new and old." The family moved from an ultra-modern condo into their current 100+-year-old cottage and met the challenge of merging modern tastes with their new surroundings. They've turned it into a comfortable space packed full of treasures both new and old. Click through to see a bit more below!

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    I think playrooms are the holy grail when it comes to features you want in your home. A designated room with a door that shuts, where you can stow all the toys and kid stuff. Heaven!

    This particular playroom has an educational twist with a Montessori-style setup, and I have to admit, it's appealing. I've always been a fan of the tactile learning approach, and this room seems to have some really good things going on in that department. Click through to see more! 

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    Recently we painted our living room, and during our planning, we had amassed dozens and dozens of paint chip strips. After we had FINALLY decided on a color, these cheery and bright paint chips just sat there on my desk, collecting dust. But then it hit me: This was an upcycling opportunity if I ever saw one! And you know what? I was surprised by how many awesome paint chip crafts there are out there, including oodles that are easy to do with the kids.

    Check out these 8 super cool paint chip crafts. Which one would you want to try?


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    My apartment is about the size of a doll house, so I love space-saving anything. But in order to really work for me, a piece must do double-duty. I'm talking serious multifunctionality -- look good, do two different jobs, and maybe even fold the laundry. (Someone is going to invent that someday ... ) Here's 7 very chic double-duty ideas that will help keep the clutter at bay.

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    Whenever I see a room with a bounty of thrift store and vintage finds, I cheer that someone lucked out at a tag sale or on Craig's List! And then they go and put it all together beautifully! Take this little girl's bedroom done by Abbey for her daughter (nicknamed Kicky), for example. It looks like it was supposed to be that way all along. You'll want to see more of this homey space, so be sure to scroll through below!

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    Bright green walls aren't your typical baby room decor, so it's a good thing this nursery is anything but typical! See more photos from the eclectic space below: 

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    Inspired by a love of camping and the outdoors, this rustic shared room for siblings is the stuff that happy childhoods are made of. From the wool blankets on the beds to the steamer-trunk-turned-side-table, this room looks like it jumped straight off the pages of an L.L. Bean catalog!

    See more photos below.  

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    Receiving a Christmas card is always an honor and a special treat. It shows that someone thinks enough of you to spread good cheer and love your way. And if that person goes all out and includes a photo or 10, all the better. Yes, I want to see your kids' pictures because your kids are cute and -- oh my, look how much they've grown in one year! If you take the time to send me a card, I am definitely going to hang it up somewhere

    But the truth is, some Christmas cards are just better than others. A photo of your baby is great. But a photo of your baby submerged in a big soupless soup bowl? That one is going in a scrapbook, where it will stay for eternity. 

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    Faster than you can ask, "Who ate the last piece of pumpkin pie?" Christmas will be here! Yep, there's no stopping the tinsel-strewn freefall to December 25th now. So pour yourself an egg nog and let's get inspired for holiday decorating this year. Will you deck the halls with boughs of holly and all the red and green traditional decor? Or are you more the stark white winter wonderland type? 

    No matter your Christmas decorating style, The Prowl (the shopping sister of The Stir and CafeMom) has a huge collection of ornaments, wreaths, garlands, tree skirts, stockings, candles and more! And if you can't find what you want, just leave a question in our awesome Ask & Answer section! But before you head over, here's a sneak peek at some of our favorite holiday decorating inspiration boards. 

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