A Star Wars Love Affair

A Star Wars Love Affair

A Star Wars Love Affair

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. “Star Wars or Star Trek?” I saw the question and knew how to answer without hesitation. For geeks like me, I don’t even have to think about my answer (Star Wars, FYI). But I know there are others who look at this question with confusion, thinking to themselves, “Who cares?” Whatever. They don’t know what they are missing.  At the tender age of five, I sat in the back

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I Want to Be a Superhero

I Want to Be a Superhero

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. “Wonder Woman!!!” I shouted at the top of my lungs and spun, imagining that I was turning into her so I could save the day. Naturally, my other friends wanted to turn into Wonder Woman, too. No one fought over it, we all spun in unison. It was a game played daily as a child in the 1970s. Although, at times we pretended to be Isis, Jamie from

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Parenting: Tribe Needed

Parenting: Tribe Needed

Taking my three little girls with me anywhere feels more like I’m wrangling wild animals than managing children who know how to behave. My children do know how to act, most of the time, but there are moments they “forget.” Like this weekend. On Saturday, my family drove up to north Chicago to attend a friend’s wedding with plans to stop for lunch with friends beforehand. As we drove, my oldest, Gigi, melted down. Her temper bubbled then festered until it exploded. She wanted something that we refused to give her. Gigi wasn’t shy in letting us know that she

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Lessons I Learned From Watching “Friends”

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. When I started graduate school many years ago, I didn’t know anyone at the school I chose to attend in small town Georgia. While I quickly met other students in my program, I did not have the social life or friendships I once had at college. Then, one day, I received a message from a random undergraduate. Tony contacted me because he was also from the St.

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Lessons From My Mother

This morning, I drove with my girls to a local fast food place so I could get a fountain Coke. It’s something I do every day. I don’t drink coffee (or tea) so I get my caffeine from my one large Coke a day. (A habit I struggle to break.) As usual, I placed my order then pulled up to the window. After a brief conversation with the worker (yes, I know her name because I’m a “regular”), I wished her a good day and drove away. From the back, my oldest asked me, “Mommy, why do you always tell

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Lost in Some Good Books

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. Whenever I enter the library or book store by myself, I have to go in with a plan, otherwise I will get lost in there, or just lose time. And, sometimes, it’s fun to go explore the shelves with no plan in

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Road to Healing

Road to Healing

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. Pneumonia. We’ve all heard of it and shuddered at the thought. When you get it, it sucks. When you get it as an adult in mid-life, well, it really sucks! Recovering isn’t the quick process it was when you were younger. For some, it can take weeks and even months to recover.  The doctor diagnosed me with pneumonia on Christmas Eve. Here it is, four months later, and

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Afternoon Escape

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. After my kids finish eating lunch, I send them off to their room for “quiet” time. My two oldest play quietly and the toddler naps while I get at least an hour or two of peace. At least, that’s the idea. More times than not, this seems to work.  In the past, I would use this time to pick up the house, clean, or work on laundry without

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Back to the Classics

Back to the Classics

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. I fell in love with movies as a child. My first memory of going to the movies involved a drive-in, lots of popcorn, and a double feature (The Jungle Book then Orca) with my sister and I asleep by the start of the second movie. The next movie I saw was Star Wars. When I was a teenager, I discovered AMC, back when they ran classic movies. I spent

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Burrito Verde

Burrito Verde

Disclaimer: There one Amazon Affiliate link in this post. If you click the link and buy the 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. Additionally, there are some links to Pampered Chef products where I am an independent consultant.  One of the first things I do when I move to a new community, and I’ve moved a lot, is to find a local Mexican restaurant that I want to frequent.

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