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Cassy Fiano-Chesser

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Cassy Fiano-Chesser is a Jacksonville native and mom to six kids. Her husband is a Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient. She works from home as a blogger and a freelance writer, and they currently live in the Argyle area of Jacksonville. Benjamin is their oldest, born in 2011, and he loves being a big brother. Wyatt was born in 2012, and he has Down syndrome. Ivy came next, in 2013, followed by Clara, born in 2015, who is a diva-with-a-capital-D. Rounding out the brood is Felicity, born in 2017, and Lilly, born in 2007. They love discovering things to do on the First Coast and going on family adventures, as well as cheering on the Jumbo Shrimp and the Icemen.

The Afghanistan Collapse Isn’t Political; It’s Personal

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Twenty years ago, I watched in horror, on live television, as people jumped out of the World Trade Center to escape the flames, even though it meant jumping to their deaths. Ten years ago, I...

Simone Biles May Have Walked Away From the Team Final, But She’s Still the...

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Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast of all time -- some say the greatest athlete -- had all the pressure in the world on her shoulders this week. And that's practically a literal statement; leading...
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Shop Local: Your Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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The Jacksonville area has tons of fantastic options to make our day special, even while social distancing. Many local businesses are hand-delivering gifts, while others have arranged for easy pick-up options, so you can...

Rachel Hollis Rant Causes Backlash After She Compares Herself to Harriet Tubman

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Well, here we are. One of the internet's most controversial women — none other than Rachel Hollis herself — has stepped in it, yet again. Hollis decided to take to her social media accounts to...

Dress Codes Are Fine, Policing Girls’ Bodies Is Not

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Last week, 31 girls at Bartram Trail High School received dress code violations. Thirty-one. And this all took place in one day. It's not clear what prompted the school to launch this dress code...

Gen Z, Take Several Seats — Your Fashion Sense Is Just Bad

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Ah, teenagers. All of us apparently-now-old folks still remember what it was like to be young, so sure that we knew everything and that our style was never going to look bad later. Of...
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More Than Politics: Why the Inauguration Is So Important

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I am a self-professed nerd in many respects, and there are a few things in particular I've been passionate about my entire life: history, politics, music. So it's really no surprise that when the...

Cruising for Christmas Lights In & Around Jacksonville

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One of our favorite holiday traditions is cruising around checking out the Christmas lights. We go with our good friends, wear our fun glasses that make the lights look like snowmen, Santa, and snowflakes,...
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The Ultimate in Family-Friendly Meals: Grazing Tables

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Let's face it — as moms, we're always trying to find family-friendly meal ideas, something that is not only tasty for us adults but fun and easy for the kids, too. My husband and...

‘It’s Real’ Shares Father of Atlantic Beach Child Who Died of COVID-19

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A 12-year-old girl from Atlantic Beach has tragically become Duval County's first pediatric death from COVID-19, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. Elizabeth McNew, a graduate of Atlantic Beach Elementary School...

Nights of Lights 2020: What to Expect This Year

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It's just barely fall, but it's almost time to start getting ready for the holiday season. And in the First Coast, that means one very exciting thing: Nights of Lights! Whether it's for a...
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American Girl’s New Historical Doll is Going to Make You Feel Really, Really Old

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If you're a Xennial like me — that's someone born right on the cusp of Gen X and Millennials — then you probably have a lot of fond memories of American Girl. Back in...