17 Books in 2017

17 Books in 2017

17 Books in 2017

Disclaimer: There are some Amazon Affiliate links throughout this post. If you click the link and buy a book, I would get a small commission. Just enough for me to indulge in my favorite guilty pleasure, Taco Bell. This post was not influenced by my craving for Taco Bell at all. All opinions are my own, as always. Since I was a little girl, I have loved books. My love of reading has never diminished, even as a busy mom of three. While many moms complain about not having time for reading, and, like them,  I don’t have time for much beyond

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All I Want for Christmas

All I Want for Christmas

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service  in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own.  In less than 48 hours, it will be Christmas. Most of the time, I love this holiday. This year, though, I’m on the fence. 2016 sucked, big, especially in the last few weeks. Since Thanksgiving, I’ve had two deaths in my family (a brother-in-law and a cousin), two daughters with ear infections, a broken down minivan that won’t get out of the shop until the end of

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Firsts

Firsts

When it comes to Facebook, I have to admit that I love surveys and quizzes. From Buzzfeed quizzes to interviewing your kids then posting their answers, I love them all. This morning, one Facebook friend, Zoom, posted a list of “firsts.” I looked through his answers and the list. Without questioning it, I copied the post and got ready to share my answers. Then, it occurred to me. Why not share my answers via a blog post? After all, it has been a while since I blogged anything.  So, without further ado, my firsts: FIRST prom date Larry. We went

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Thanksgiving, Gilmores, & Favorite TV Families

Thanksgiving, Gilmores, & Favorite TV Families

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service  in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own.  Thanksgiving. Family. They are inextricably linked.  For some, family time at Thanksgiving is like a Normal Rockwell painting, a little bit of perfection. For others, it means tension and even avoiding those family members who cause the most stress. This year, strains between family members are higher than normal after a difficult election year where campaigns brought out the worst in each other.  Luckily, I’m still talking to

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9 Movies Perfect for Halloween

9 Movies Perfect for Halloween

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own.  One of my favorite holidays is Halloween. I’m not sure if that’s because it falls ten days after my birthday or all that comes with the holiday–the costumes, candy, jack-o-lanterns, decorations, and trick-or-treating. In fact, it might be my favorite holiday of all. (Although my sparsely decorated house this year gives off a different impression.) While this year has been a bit crazy and I’ve had little

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15 Fantastically Funny Facebook Posts: 14th Edition

15 Fantastically Funny Facebook Posts: 14th Edition

Some Mondays are the worst! They can really suck all the fun out of a day. Last Monday was one of those days. It was a busy day from moment one and extended into Tuesday. So, if you were looking for this round-up of fantastically funny Facebook posts last week, that’s why you never saw it. I ran out of time to work on it. Isn’t that crappy? This week isn’t much better, but I am less busy. This Monday, my kindergartner, GiGi, woke us up around 2:30 a.m. crying. She kept worrying about a T-Bot poking her in her

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Zootopia, Star Wars, and Captain America. Oh, My! Disney Comes to Netflix

Zootopia, Star Wars, and Captain America. Oh, My! Disney Comes to Netflix

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own.  September 20th is a magical day. Since early spring, I’ve patiently waited. And waited. And waited.  What have I been waiting for? Simple. Disney on Netflix! In May, Netflix announced a huge deal they made with Disney and Disney’s subsidiaries (Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Marvel). Starting in September, Netflix would hold exclusive U.S. rights to all Disney movies (including the subsidiary companies). This news thrilled me! While I enjoy streaming TV

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15 Fantastically Funny Facebook Posts: 13th Edition

15 Fantastically Funny Facebook Posts: 13th Edition

This past weekend was amazing and busy! My parents drove up from Florida to visit us for the week. Being good hosts, we decided to keep them and our children entertained. (Normally we aren’t good hosts and sit around doing nothing. I won’t lie!) Between trips to the farmer’s market, local aviation museum, church, and a pumpkin patch, by Sunday night, I was exhausted! Tired from the weekend, I woke up hating Monday. I just wanted to sleep a bit longer, but I couldn’t. It’s a school day. I got my kids ready for the day (with lots of help

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Battle Scars

Battle Scars

Twenty years ago today, I stood in frustration, tears, and pain on a lanai as I looked at one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Ahead of me, I could see that the sun was waking up, the day about to begin. Diamond Head stood strong in the distance. Just in front of me was a beautiful beach with the waves hitting the shore. Below me, hotel staff busied themselves with putting out chairs in preparation for some event later that morning.  It was around 7:30 in the morning when I decided to take off my glasses and place

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Fresh & Easy Marinara Sauce

Fresh & Easy Marinara Sauce

This weekend, after a frustrating week at home with the kids, I needed an escape. A friend asked if I would like to spend an evening with her and another mutual friend. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance! After much discussion, the three of us decided to go out for dinner at a local Italian restaurant. As we waited to place our orders, the three of us talked about how we were all picky eaters. We learned, though, how we were each picky in different ways. One person didn’t like sauces, and another didn’t like certain vegetables. Me,

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