The Demons Are Back

The Demons Are Back

The demons have possessed Gracie again. Don’t be fooled by that sweet smile. She’s like those man-eating plants that lure prey to them with their sweet smell. You lean in for a minute and think, “Well, that smells too good to be dangerous…” and then – STHUWMP!- you’ve been sucked up into the deadly petals and life as you know it is over. That’s what Gracie’s smile is like. (Don’t look at me like that. Like you’ve never compared your child to a man-eating plant?) Lately, Gracie has become clingy…

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A Suburban Miracle

A Suburban Miracle

Want to hear a confession? I am a slacker. No, really. I am. I’m a busy person, and it’s hard to imagine busy people being slackers. But it’s true. I am the busiest little slacker you ever did see. Here’s why: I have all these great ideas. Big, far-reaching, pain in the butt ideas. And because I have no filter whatsoever, when I think of a big idea, I tell everyone. I get lots of people on board with my big idea, and get everyone all excited. And then I…

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A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

I’m toying with the idea of more vlogging.  Not sure yet if I like the idea, or if I am technology proficient enough to pull it off, but we’ll see.  For my first attempt, I decided to take you kind folk with me through a day in the life of our family.  This weekend was heavenly for us.  We didn’t leave the house once.  And it was wonderful!  On Sunday, I decided to video snippets of our day to give you all a glimpse inside one of our days.  It’s…

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The Responsibility of a Megaphone

The Responsibility of a Megaphone

It is probably no secret that I have hit a blogging slump in the past couple months.  I go through them just like any other blogger.  It is really hard to find content that is interesting enough to write about every day when you life is relatively normal and probably not that interesting to others anyway.  And periodically, I get tired of trying to find the nuances to write about and I take a little break.  Usually it’s a couple of days.  Maybe a week.  After some really difficult times…

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…And Then I Beat Up That Kid

…And Then I Beat Up That Kid

So, I have a parenting issue going on right now.  It is complex.  It is complicated.  It is multifaceted.  It is perplexing.  Such is the social life of an almost four-year-old. (sigh) Bean has two “best friends.”  One is a legit bestie.  He talks about her at home, we hang out with her family, Bean might be in love with her.  Her name is Elle and she is lovely.  The two of them fight like an old married couple, but it is all very normal, healthy behavior for their age….

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This Video Will Self Destruct

This Video Will Self Destruct

So, a few weeks ago, I was sitting in my kitchen, enjoying a few glasses of wine, and flipping through my school calendar.  Suddenly, I realized that 8th grade day was coming up soon.  Our school does a big 8th grade celebration day at the end of every year.  All 8th grade students and teachers get to skip classes all day and participate in a lot of really fun activities.  There is free time outside, where you can knock teachers into the dunk tanks, play basketball, dance to music on…

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Deck Tour

Deck Tour

This past weekend, we had some lovely friends from near and far who came around to help Chris build the bulk of our deck. He and his friend, Tray, have been working on Sunday afternoons for the past month, laying concrete foundations and installing support posts and brackets. Then, this weekend, with a house full of friends, they were able to work two straight days and build the entire deck. Chris still has to finish one little patch on the ground level, put up handrails, and stain it, but otherwise…

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Let’s Make Up

Let’s Make Up

A few weeks ago, Almay sent me a few products to review for them. This could not have come at a better time for me for the following reasons: A) I always switch makeup when the seasons change. My skin changes as I am outside more in the spring/summer months, so my makeup has to change, too. B) I have recently run out of my department store brand makeup, and have been contemplating using makeup that doesn’t require me to hoof it to the mall, but I was worried I…

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The Pool Bag

The Pool Bag

This summer I am trying something new, and so far I am really loving it.  During the summer, the kids and I can be found either out by the pool or at the splash park.  We are water loving fools around my house.  Last summer, though, one of the things that held us up the most was having the condense the diaper bag into a pool or beach bag.  I was forever leaving sunscreen in my diaper bag and not having it when we went to the pool, or leaving…

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Well, I AM 30…

Well, I AM 30…

I turned 30 in December. I was actually really excited about it. I figured not much would change. Truthfully, we had been living beyond our years for quite a while, and I figured by turning 30 I was really just catching up with the 30-something lifestyle we had. And that has been true. Not much around me has changed since I turned 30. My life is largely the same as it was when I was 29. Lately, though, I’ve noticed small changes in myself. Little things that always make me…

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