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Jan 3

January 3, 2017


My Top 5 Family New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is upon us. You know what that means, right? The resolutions are here! The resolutions are here! It’s the time of year when we valiantly set new goals for the coming year. Whether you pledge to get in shape, save money or knock yet another item off of your bucket list, the New Year is always a time of renewal—or, perhaps, a time to recommit to those pesky self-improvement goals that tend to fall by the wayside…

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Nov 21

November 21, 2016


Why I Don’t Do Black Friday

This is Thanksgiving week. For many of us here in good old U.S of A., that means we’ll be spending time with family, eating too much pumpkin pie and, of course, preparing for the most evil of all shopping days: Black Friday. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some shopping. I like to hit the stores and enjoy finding good–nay, GREAT–deals. However, as a self-employed, work-at-homer, I like to do so at about 9 a.m. on a random Tuesday,…

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Nov 11

November 11, 2016


We Are Better Than This.

For the past 18 months or so, I have avoided posting or sharing anything political on this blog. I’ve been tempted to—oh boy, have I been tempted to—but I decided long ago that I wanted to keep this blog free of the vitriol and divisiveness surrounding the presidential election. I can no longer be silent. For the past few days and months, I’ve been witnessing the crumbling of an America I barely recognize. After staying up until the wee hours…

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Aug 23

August 23, 2016

New egg

The Life-Changing Mess of Having Small Humans

Like most Americans, we have a lot of stuff in our house. Toys, clothes, housewares, general items we “might need” someday – just stuff. Everywhere. Our 3-bedroom ranch-style house is relatively small, and because it was built in the ‘60s before consumers became so consumer-y, we’re short on closet space. We’ve cleaned, reorganized, purged, reduced and recycled more times than I care to count. But the stuff? It keeps coming back, kind of like Miley Cyrus or man buns. Therefore,…

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Jan 14

January 14, 2016


Look Out, 2016: I’m Coming For You

To put it mildly, 2015 kicked my ass. Truly, royally, kicked my ass. As some of you know, in February of last year, I found out I had thyroid cancer, which, um, really sucked. Since that dreadful day, my follow-up appointments and labs have been good, but as my one-year anniversary approaches, I can’t help but feel a little…anxious. ‘Tis normal, I guess. While some may consider being thyroid-less “no big deal,” let me tell you – life without a thyroid makes…

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Dec 10

December 10, 2015


I Choose Joy This Holiday Season

Dear Readers: I’ve been feeling defeated lately. Mentally exhausted. Worn out. Maybe you have, too. The world is weighing on me, readers, with a capital W. Maybe it’s weighing on you, too. I’m frustrated and saddened by the state of affairs in this country. And then — and then — the news about San Bernardino and Hitler’s Trump’s announcement about Muslims pretty much pushed me to the brink. For starters, I’m sad that my daughter is growing up in a…

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Oct 2

October 2, 2015


Yes, We Need to Talk About Gun Control

Every morning, I drop my 5-year-old daughter off at kindergarten. And every morning – every single morning, as I watch her run down the sidewalk into the school, her blue Elsa backpack bouncing with her every step – I pray that she comes back to me, safely. This, tragically, is the America that we live in today. I don’t care what gun proponents I enrage with this post. Really, I don’t. Because I am one pissed-off mama. Because once again, young…

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Jul 7

July 7, 2015

Unmet expectations can steal your joy.

How Unmet Expectations Can Steal Your Joy

Comparison is the thief of joy. You’ve probably seen this little phrase pop up in your newsfeed time and again over the past few years. It’s one of those sayings has stuck with me, simply because it’s fundamentally true: You shouldn’t compare yourself to others. Be happy with who you are. Be present in the moment. I tend to be drawn to these types of mantras, now more than ever. Life is short. You shouldn’t waste it on woulda-shoulda-coulda. Over the past decade…

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Apr 9

April 9, 2015

What a Scary Health Diagnosis Taught me About Living Life

What a Scary Health Diagnosis Taught Me About Living Life

Most of my life, I’ve been a go-go-go person. I guess I’m what I’d probably call an almost-Type A. I’m not a full-blown Type-A, but I’m not a fully chillaxed Type- B person, either. I don’t dislike order, and while I can be a little…bossy at times, I get bored with routine and don’t like having a set schedule. Even when I’m relaxed, my brain is whirling, thinking about those have-to-dos and want-to-dos and should-have-dones. Nothing, however, can knock you off…

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Apr 1

April 1, 2015

When Did Easter Turn Into Christmas?

When Did Easter Turn Into Christmas?

Over the weekend, a friend who teaches elementary school told me that one of her students gave his parents a list of what he wanted for Easter. I think I actually had her repeat that statement, because I couldn’t believe what she had just said. Store circulars from Wal-Mart, Target, and every other mass retailer are all blasting toy and gadget sales from their colorful, shiny pages. Every store you walk into has aisles and aisles filled with “basket fillers” –…

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