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Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. I sure did. It was the first relaxing weekend I’ve had in about 2 months that I didn’t realize until I wondered why it felt so odd to not have twenty million things to do. I wasn’t traveling, and my kids were at their dads,… READ MORE »

3 Tips To Make Your Blog Post Sizzle

I recently read somewhere that people only read about 20% of your blog post. That was no big surprise to me because we all know people surf and skim. There is so much information coming at us day and night that it would be impossible to read every word of everything we come across. As… READ MORE »

Here Comes a New House

 We put an offer in on a house Sunday and after a little back and forth negotiation our offer was accepted. I’m excited. And a little freaked out. Excited because it’s a new chapter of my life and the home I hope to live in until the kids are all out of the house and… READ MORE »

Grilled Stuffed Peppers

I’ve never been a fan of stuffed peppers because anytime I’ve eaten one they’ve been made with green peppers and those aren’t my favorite. I don’t know why it took so long to dawn on me that one could use red, yellow, or orange bell peppers just as easily.   Maybe because I’ve never had… READ MORE »

Top 5 things to do when you don’t feel like doing anything

I’m sure none of you EVER procrastinate but for me…there are many more ways these days to distract myself than in the past, and I have a number of things I can do when I don’t feel like doing anything. I thought I would share these things with you so when you want to procrastinate… READ MORE »

5 Things You Have to Offer as a Blogger

Sometimes as a blogger (even sometimes as a person) I wonder what the hell I’m doing because it’s not like I know anything different than anyone else so why would anyone care about what I have to say. But then I remember a piece of advice someone gave me when I was writing my dissertation… READ MORE »

Effort Trumps Talent

  As if you can’t tell I’m gone away a bit for my normal weekly blog format to some randomness and motivational, self-help, organizational kind of posts. I’m trying to re-center and re-focus and turn myself from being overworked, anxious, and stressed to fun, happy, and motivated. Life is too short to not enjoy every… READ MORE »

What Makes a House a Home?

We have lived in a rental home for 9 months now and it’s driving me crazy. Not that the home is horrible. It’s not. It’s also not ours and it is a lesser quality made house than I would choose to live in. We’ve been looking since the fall. Even though our lease isn’t up… READ MORE »

I’ll Do It Tomorrow

I’m a master procrastinator. I like to say I work better under pressure so that’s why I like to wait until the last minute, but all of us procrastinators know that’s just a really good excuse. The reality is I tend to put off the things I don’t want to do. Isn’t that what all… READ MORE »

Mother/Daughter Time is Priceless

How was everyone’s weekend and Easter? Mine was good. The highlight was girl’s day with my 9-year-old on Saturday. We had it all planned….shopping, lunch at her favorite place, hair cuts and mani/pedi’s. Her hair was long and very thick and hard to manage so her father and I had been trying to convince her… READ MORE »

What’s Your Inspiration?

I’ve written a couple posts on what to write about, but a recent conversation with the awesome chick who did my hair gave me another idea of what to write about on what to write about. How’s that for a convoluted sentence? I hadn’t been to her before so of course she starts with the… READ MORE »