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Have We Forgotten How to Say Thank You?

Back in November, many Facebook users geared up for their month of grateful praises, one a day for thirty days, and I groaned.  I posted that as much as I love the spirit of thankfulness that the month fosters, I wasn’t looking forward to reading a zillion, “Today I am grateful for…” updates in my news feed.  Although one friend goodnaturedly dubbed me a... read more

The Holiday Candy Invasion; Plus, Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers

St. Patrick’s Day was this past weekend and, as with Valentine’s Day, social media was buzzing with “What are you getting for your kids?”  Uh, first of all, I didn’t realize that a non-Irish woman was obligated to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (kind of like a Frenchwoman celebrating America’s Thanksgiving…).  Second of all, everyone seemed... read more

My First Guest Blog Post

I was honored to be asked by writer, Air Force veteran, and PR maven Jenny Lovett to author a post for her blog, Hazelnut Live.  The topic–writing–was an apt one since Jenny is the one that roped me into participating in National Novel Writing Month, a challenge I did win.  I will forever be grateful that she convinced me to take the challenge.  The experience built my confidence as a... read more

Goals for the New Year

A new year.  A blank slate.  A path of untrodden snow just waiting for someone to tromp through and leave her footprints.  I think I did a pretty decent job with my resolutions for 2012.  To recap, they were 1) reduce refined sugar intake, 2) run a half-marathon, and 3) set goals.  I did reduce sugar intake; I even began baking primarily with dates and I ceased using agave nectar due to the health... read more

Sexy and I Know It: A Tale of a Housewife and a Hairbrush

We are all familiar with the stereotype of the frumpy, frazzled housewife.  The darkness of her undereye circles is eclipsed only by the slimming black of her yoga pants (I don’t know a single stay-at-home mom that does yoga).  None of us wore yoga pants on a day-to-day basis before motherhood.  Indeed, many of us spent a great deal of time selecting outfits and accessories and applying makeup. ... read more

A Successful NaNo Run!

It occurred to me that National Novel Writing Month ended five days ago and I’m only just reporting that I won!  I did–I wrote 50,028 words in 28 days, so I actually won two days early.  But after eking out approximately 1,667 words every single day (about three single-spaced pages) for 28 days, I needed a break and I didn’t feel like writing, even a “I AM VICTORIOUS!!!”... read more

National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo)

November 1st-30th marks National Novel Writing Month (more commonly called NaNoWriMo) and its slogan is “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon!”  Sounds glorious, doesn’t it?  Participants (called Wrimos) are challenged to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in that time, submitting it for word count verification before midnight on the last day.  What prize do those dogged... read more

MOPS Secret Sisters

I am taking a break from the Foodie Pen Pal program for a while.  Although I love it, I have joined a new “pen pal” program though my local MOPS organization and I’m not made of money.  I spent time and effort putting together boxes and planning future boxes, and I will know spend that energy making a fellow mom happy. This new program is called Secret Sisters.  You know how a lot of... read more

Letting Go of the Past with "Autumn" Cleaning

I know– “autumn” cleaning just doesn’t have the same ring as “spring” cleaning.  Something about the changing of seasons always encourages a fresh start, a desire to unclutter an area of my life.  Six months ago, I wrote about spring cleaning, and this past week, I was bitten by the same bug. My target this past week was a large steamer trunk full of uniforms and... read more

Who Your Friends Are

I realized today that I hadn’t seen any updates in several months from a Facebook friend.  I discovered, when I looked him up, that I had been unfriended.  At first hurt, I briefly thought about sending another friend request before deciding against it.  You see, life is short.  It’s a cliche’, but our time is so limited–who doesn’t complain about not having enough of... read more

Being a Better Wife: "Less Nagging and More Sex"

My book club selected Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s (famed radio show host) book, The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, for October and I finished it while on vacation last week.  Although I strongly disagreed with a few of her assertions (wives should give up on their career dreams to be good little homemakers!?!) and thought her tone and direction with callers was downright rude, I saw myself in... read more

Are You Bored…or Boring?

I keep reading, in various parenting blogs and books, that parents tell their whining kids that only boring people get bored.  I’ve been considering the validity of this statement, as it relates to children, but also on a personal level.  First, let’s look at how it applies to our kids…then let’s take at ourselves. I think it’s incredibly important for children to be bored... read more

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