Dear Sarah

Dear Sarah

My best friend, Sarah, is in Michigan with her husband’s family for the summer.  I miss her like crazy.  She’s been in Canada at their family cottage for the past two weeks, which means I haven’t been able to talk to her because she’s technically “traveling internationally,” according to AT&T.  But I know she read my blog every day, so this is my attempt to reach out to her.  Because I miss her.  A lot. Dear Sarah, You’ve been gone for almost half the summer.  I miss you so much! …

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Review: Breyers Ice Cream!!!

Review:  Breyers Ice Cream!!!

When I got an email asking me to review two of Breyers new flavors, I had to check first to make sure we didn’t have them already in our fridge. Breyers is a staple in our house. Chris is a huge fan, and when he wants a little treat, I always bring him home a new flavor to try. We had not yet sampled the new Breyers Blasts! Chocolate REESE’S or the Breyers Blasts! OREO Birthday Blast!, so I couldn’t wait to add two new flavors to our line-up. (For…

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Meant To Be… Or Not To Be.

Meant To Be… Or Not To Be.

I’ve been dreading this post for a couple months now. Truthfully, I thought about not posting it at all. But to not write about my failures, as well as my successes, just seemed dishonest. Because sometimes in life you work for something and it comes about, and sometimes you work for something and it doesn’t. Unfortunately, this time it didn’t. My book proposal didn’t sell. It came very close, as close as you can come before getting the dreaded no. I had conference calls with publishers, rounds and rounds and…

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Stage Four Clinger

Stage Four Clinger

I should start this off by saying that I am not an especially touchy-feely person. I’m not a hugger. I’m not a cuddler. I like my own personal space. So does Chris. So does Bean. Which is why Gracie has me baffled. Gracie, staying true to my assessment that she is EX-ACTLY like her Aunt Ginny, is a clinger. The most extreme clinger, actually. Chris and I call her a Stage Four Clinger. Gracie needs to be touching me about 80% of the time. And of that 80% of the…

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The Worst Party Guests Ever

The Worst Party Guests Ever

I’m about to tell you a story that has scarred me to my core. TO MY CORE, PEOPLE! It happened a couple weeks ago at Ginny and John Michael’s baby shower in Pensacola. It has taken me the past two weeks to get over the events in order to find humor in them in order to share them on the blog. It has been a long two weeks. Memories like these don’t fade quickly, let me tell you. Ginny and John Michael’s shower, as I’ve mentioned, was beautiful. It was…

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Peaks, Valleys, and Somewhere In Between

Peaks, Valleys, and Somewhere In Between

I’ve been concerned about my blog lately. And by blog, I mean my marriage. Having a blog about your marriage is a great way to keep tabs on things. Just like I’m sure having a blog about healthy eating is a great way to keep track of how healthy you are actually eating, or how having a blog about parenting is a great way to keep track of how good you’re doing with your own children. Blogs are like giant, very close mirrors. The honest ones often do more for…

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Summer of Organization: Activity Closet

Summer of Organization: Activity Closet

Last week I decided to tackle a big summer organizational project that has been on my mind since we first moved into this new house. When we moved in, we sort of randomly assigned closets for purposes. A linen closet here, another linen closet there, a medicine/first aid/paper products closet over there. Now that we’ve been in the house for a while, though, we are starting to find better places for things and better purposes for our closets. I knew that I wanted and needed an activity closet for the…

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Going Home

Going Home

This weekend, we packed up and headed back out of town again. This time we went to our hometown of Pensacola, Florida (well, technically we’re from a barrier peninsula just off the coast of Pensacola called Gulf Breeze). My sister’s mother-in-law, Shirley, threw her a beautiful baby shower. (Shirley, by the way, plans parties, showers, and weddings professionally, so email me if you are looking for someone in the Pensacola area!) Shirley’s house looked beautiful, and it was the perfect place for seeing old friends and celebrating new babies! While…

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Skinny Taco Dip

Skinny Taco Dip

My friend, Sarah, is a vegetarian and one of the healthiest eaters I know. Which is why when she comes over for dinner, I make her bring her own food. Hahaha!  That’s funny. But true. She has taught me a lot about eating healthy and how to do it without making yourself miss the junk. I’ve made small changes to our family diet, and no one has even noticed! We eat brown rice now instead of white, I stick veggies into most foods I make, and we do a lot…

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Summer of Organization: THE TOYS!!!!!

Summer of Organization:  THE TOYS!!!!!

TOYS!!!! STOP THE TOYS!!!! ALL THE TOYS!!!! I really never thought that we overdid it with our kids and toys. I don’t feel like we are always giving them new things. Actually, we hardly ever get them new things. Really, it’s holidays and birthdays that refresh and replenish the toy supply at our house. It is very rare that we just randomly bring home a new toy. And yet toys have taken over my entire house. We have a toy box in the living room, but that quickly filled up…

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