Trying to Find My Christmas Spirit

I have to admit that November's NaBloPoMo wore me out a little bit. On more than one occasion I compared it to running (and finishing) a half marathon and that analogy is one I keep going back to because they really are very similar. For example, … [Read More...]

Wordless Wednesday – Disney Christmas Ornaments

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10 Giving Tuesday Ideas & Ways to Pay it Forward

Before I go any further I have to share a major accomplishment that I'm pretty darn proud of. I made it! I'm crossing the finish line of BlogHer's November NaBloPoMo! *THROWING HANDFULS OF CONFETTI* This post right here is the last one of the month … [Read More...]

Turkey & Stuffing Casserole Recipe + Thanksgiving Leftovers

If the inside of your refrigerator looks anything like the inside of my refrigerator then it is probably filled with Thanksgiving leftovers. Let's face it, everyone can only eat so many turkey sandwiches before they get bored and start begging for … [Read More...]

Jeans are Better Than Yoga Pants & Choose Hugs Not Carbs

I don't know about you, but I'm glad it's Friday. Even though we've had some really nice family days together due to no school for Cody and Nick, no work for Paul, and the Thanksgiving holiday, I'm feeling a little worn out and exhausted. From all … [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Gratitude

I know that Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things we're grateful for, but since I write entries in a gratitude journal┬ámost every day I wasn't sure if anything special would come to mind today. The more I think about it, though, the more I … [Read More...]

Divorce Humor {Wordless Wednesday}

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NaBloPoMo – The Finish Line is Finally in Sight

I can't believe we are almost to the end of November. Okay, what I really mean is I can't believe we're almost to the end of National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). Time sure flies when you're having fun, eh? I don't know that I would necessarily … [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Meal Plan & Tips for a Less-Stress Holiday

For the first time in many years we have made the decision to stay home for Thanksgiving. As much as I'll miss spending the day with extended family members, it will be nice not having to drive 1-2 hours in each direction on a holiday. We'll be able … [Read More...]

The Best Birthday Card I Ever Received

November 23, 1994 was my 23rd birthday. It also happens to be the day I gave birth to Cody. At the time it wasn't exactly what I had planned, but once he was here I immediately fell in love and instantly forgot about how not-so-fun it is to be in … [Read More...]

A Bittersweet Birthday

Earlier tonight I started to think about my birthday (tomorrow) and how I'm really not phased by the fact I'm turning 43 years old. It's really just a number and since I feel much younger most of the time I just don't think it's something to dwell … [Read More...]