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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- The kids spent the weekend dancing in their studio’s Christmas shows. There were four – two on Saturday and two on Sunday. Julia, Phoebe, and Jack performed on Saturday. On Sunday, Julia and Phoebe performed again, along with Lucy
I originally began this post on Facebook. It was longer than anything I’ve ever posted over there, but because I’m so passionate about this and hate to see my friends work so hard for so little in return, I decided to end my blogg
This post is sponsored by Osteo Bi-Flex. All opinions are my own. There was a definite chill in the air this morning when I woke up and I know that one morning soon I will look out of the window and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs
9 a.m.: I wonder how long I can stay in bed and pretend this isn't happening. 9:15: GET UP GET UP GET UP 10:00: Time To Fuss Over Flower Arrangements! 10:30: It's probably too early to put out chips and stuff, right? 10:35: (Realizes Jason bought Che
Sooooo, I went to the pharmacy, and I bought the cold medication. I came back to the restaurant, which was at one hotel, called the mom of the one boy who I was most concerned about - even though it...Sooooo, I went to the pharmacy, and I bought the
I originally began this post on Facebook. It was longer than anything I’ve ever posted over there, but because I’m so passionate about this and hate to see my friends work so hard for so little in return, I decided to break my blo
Are you wondering how to prepare prime rib roast for your holiday dinner? Cooking the perfect roast takes a bit of practice. In the past, I’ve left it up to my husband to prepare beef for our... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w
*I’m obsessed with the dinnerware in Joanna Gaines’ new Hearth and Hand line at Target, and buy a plate or two every time I go *a tried and true favorite, the paleo Madras Chicken Salad *made s’mores bites in a class tod
Several weeks ago, I stupidly ate a jelly bean. It pulled out my crown. It wasn't even a black jelly bean so it was totally not worth the ensuing dental problems!I went to the dentist a couple days later, handed him the the very expensive piece of po
My friend Kathleen died last month just in the nick of time. It came as a complete surprise to me. She and I taught together in one of the very first MOOCs before MOOCs were a thing. It was 1998 and Barnes & Noble was experimenting with a new
According to what I wrote last year, we’d been doing the Thankful Tree for seven years, so this year makes eight! We kicked it up a notch by adding lights. (We’re so freaking fancy.) This is the first year Jack could write the thi
A classic favorite summer recipe gets updated with a Fall twist … Fall Caprese Skewers. I hosted a class today and our topic was mozzarella making. I brought in a friend to walk everyone through how to make fresh mozzarella, and afterwards,
This cream cheese pumpkin dip recipe is a huge hit with our family! Since Thanksgiving is only a few days away now, I have been trying to put together my menu plan so I can have everything I need... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website
Me, all year: Oh yeah. we host a big Friendsgiving thing the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It's really fun. You should come next time! Me, the week of Friendsgiving: GAH GAH GAAAAAAH WHY DO WE DO THIS GAH GAH AHHAGS GAHAHAGA JPFNZCMZXC,M.CZXLDFJD We'
I have so many stories in my head from my two weeks in Japan that I thought I'd do a series, if you all are ok with that? What am I thinking, there's like three people left who reads here,...I have so many stories in my head from my two weeks in Japa
To have my son, we spent 4 years of our lives, close to a hundred thousand dollars. When we finally were able to get pregnant we lost our first two pregnancies in a row. During that time, I was a warrior goddess trudging through the depths of hell, b
Adventuring all over the great state of New Jersey, there are treasures and hidden mysteries down every road. Let’s visit the Gingerbread Castle in Hamburg. When my sister and I were kids, our family often took Sunday adventures together, a
This post is sponsored by Osteo Bi-Flex. All opinions are my own. Did you know that eating antioxidant-rich foods provides healthy aging benefits too? As I get older, I’ve been more mindful of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my
One month and one day ago, Phoebe and her fellow first graders took a field trip to a farm. They each came back with a pumpkin. Phoebe demanded to carve hers as soon as we returned home from school. Any why not? She did most of it herself, including
Hello! It's been a bit. I have been quite the diligent little worker bee this past week, as one of my part-time freelancing clients suddenly morphed into a full-time 40+ hours stress monster. On the one hand, it always feels good to be extra producti
I have been thinking a lot about what we should do when we commit a wrong and what it takes to be worthy of being truly forgiven by others. Here’s where I’ve ended up: Admit wrongdoing, accept personal responsibility, apologize si
“Making a business off of documenting your life on social media is an unsustainable model, simply because of the toll it takes on your life, on your relationships, on your psyche, on your physical and emotional stability,” This wa
I'm midway through my trip to Japan and it has been an amazing and illuminating experience that has taught me so much. The Japanese people are warm and kind, very welcoming and friendly. The cities are clean and bright and...I'm midway through my tri
One week ago today, Julia and her marching band took the field at the OMEA State Marching Band Finals and earned an overall Superior rating, as well as Superior ratings in every category. It marked the end of a glorious marching band season. And then
Are you looking for the best cookbook gifts? My Mom and I both love to cook and each year we enjoy adding a cookbook to our collection. Of course, we try to be mindful of the cookbooks we choose. We... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs
When my firstborn son, Austin announced that they were expecting, I immediately imagined cuddling a little grandbaby. Yes, I'll have a cute little grandbaby! Awwww. My son continued, "So what do you think, Grandma?"Wait what? Grandma? Grandma??? No.
This week is garbage. Everything is garbage. Somebody, anybody, please step away from you Halloween candy wrapper nest and clean up all this garbage! Speaking of Halloween, though: Ike is like, okay that's done, let's break out the Christmas jammies,
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of P&G . The opinions and text are all mine. 20% of Americans will get the flu this year and the symptoms last for a week on average, you will thank yourself for being prepared. It&amp
So the chaos of getting ready for Halloween has delayed getting back to the usual grind. But here we are. Cold gray weather and a slightly cold gray mood at the house crunch. Where is the Disney magic now? All the Halloween decorations are down and p
I published my very first WordPress blog on October 27, 2007. The title was: “The Brain Change Business.” I essentially made the argument that since everything we learn in life involves changes to our brain, we might be well-serve
Fall activities are keeping us very busy and I love all of the school events. My younger daughter plays bassoon and just made the honors middle school symphonic band for our school district. My older daughter, a 10th grader, is... The post $100 Gift
*Made 14 cakes this afternoon for a client *a mixed media craft workshop I hosted for Veteran’s Day *one of the attendees’ masterpieces *28 degrees and a wee bit chilly this morning! Gah, I missed two days of the NaBloPoMo, but co
I have been writing here for eleven years. There are times when it has been my journal – intensely personal and for the purpose of working through thoughts or gaining perspective, which is mostly about being honest and vulnerable. Sometimes
Are you looking for easy ways to make bananas last longer? If you’re like me, you buy bananas every week at the grocery store. You have great intentions. After all, bananas are high in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website
Tween mode ACTIVATED! we shout, when Riley is acting moody or particularly argumentative. My names Riley and Im always right, I say, through a pushed-out lower lip, my hands shoved deep into my pockets. Im twelve and I know everything. John strokes h
This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. So we've been Blue Apron members for...wow, three full years now, officially. Every Monday, two boxes show up on our doorstep. (We find that two boxes of the 2-person plan feeds our 5-person family perfectly, oft
soft breezes blow; her memories stir she reflects on lies that sounded like love the evil seed of deception grew a towering tree he thought that it would fruit to feed only him but wickedness does not equal wisdom the tree is now her strength and has
As someone who has been painstaking in my desire to avoid labels and category classifications, since I believe they contribute to “the illusion of separation,” for professional reasons I have nevertheless decided to temporarily re
When you’re a new mom, you will be bombarded by advice and info from many sources and directions, leaving you feeling lost and overwhelmed. Every topic is suddenly on the table- your body, your baby, your emotions and more. Between the inte
A new restaurant with Spanish Asian fusion street food and a casual vibe opened up nearby … one mention of Pork Belly Fries and I was there. The kids are at this new stage in their life (read: growing up) where they can do fun things like o
Tuesday was Field Trip Day for Jack at preschool. Grandma took the day off so she could come along, too. Here we are on the wagon ride to the corn maze. The maze had an Under the Sea theme. Jackson was happy to lead our little expedition crew. He kep
Have you ever wondered about home well water testing kits and whether or not you should test your water? We live in the country and our water supply comes from a well. We read about the importance of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web
Soooooo, I got one child of mine married off...... He's a grown up and he's married and he's gone - I didn't pay for the wedding photos, so I can't post them here, but they were a beautiful couple and...Soooooo, I got one child of mine married off...
When we last checked in on Ezra's beloved Hobbes, he was not doing so great. SHOCKINGLY, his condition has not improved over time. He is worn and threadbare, his body covered in holes and his painted eyeballs faded into plain white plastic cataracts.
California Closets of Nashville designer Kyle Clement shows Kristie Barnett with The Decorologist and Elizabeth Scruggs with Superior Construction the showroom and many custom options they offer in organizational home solutions and design. Happy week
A number of years ago I read a research account by Ian Stevenson at the University of Virginia investigating reincarnation. An esteemed psychiatrist and academic department chair, his explorations felt to me to be of the same caliber of courageous in
Love ghoulish screams and spooky jump scares? Then you don’t want to miss 2017’s Fright Nights at Playland this year. This year features EIGHT haunted houses with a new one to chill you called The Bloodshed. Enterif you will thisd
After years of hard work Randi released her book Going Beyond Mom: How to Activate Your Mind, Body & BusinessAfter Baby on September 19th. The Beyond Mom community of close friends and family gathered together to celebrate at Athleta Flatiron