Thanksgiving, Gilmores, & Favorite TV Families

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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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Summer Bucket List 2016

Summer Bucket List 2016

School has come to an end (at least where I live). The temperatures have risen. It’s clear that summer is coming. And, just like last year, I have a lot I want to do. While I didn’t do everything I wanted to last summer, I think I can get it all done this year. Most of my list this year centers around my family. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.   Swimming One of the best things about moving to my new town is the number of public swimming pools, all within 10 minutes of where I live. I’m

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Lego Fun

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. It has been busy and crazy in my house lately (hence why I haven’t posted anything recently). Last Wednesday, my sister, Amy, and her two kids, Kendall and Carson, arrived for a visit during their Spring Break. It was perfect timing, really, because my oldest, Ginny, had Spring Break with her preschool, too.  With Amy living in Florida, I don’t see her or my niece and nephew

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Blessed

The first sacrament that Catholic babies experience is baptism. My husband and I decided on baptism dates for each of our girls long before they were born. Perhaps that is due to my organized nature (since we’ve me some Catholics who don’t think about baptism until after their babies are born) or on the importance we place on baptizing our babies as soon as we can.  So, in December, when I was only 3 months pregnant, we began talking to our families about possible baptism dates. Planning a date takes a lot of coordination with our families since we live

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Involving Children in Household Chores

  For the summer months, I plan on spotlighting guest bloggers with the topic Life Without Kids. While this post does not fit that theme, I thought it was a good one to share. It’s a great post about how to involve our children in household chores.  Kathleen Crane’s day job is a cleaner at CleanersLondon Camden Town and when she gets back home the last thing she would like to do is cleaning again. That’s why she relies on her family to help with the chores. It is hard to find time for yourself and for your family nowadays, especially

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I’m an Instagram Addict

I love photos and photography. I always have. One day I hope to have a DSLR camera so I can really play with photography and have fun with it. I still own my manual 35-mm camera but since taking film photos means developing film (an expensive prospect any more), I usually use my four-year-old point-and-click digital camera that seems to be on its last days (many functions and options don’t work any more).  All that said, I think I take more pictures on my phone. Why? Instagram, of course!! I can take a picture, edit it, and post on Facebook

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A Sense of Pride

Whenever someone asks me what my proudest moment is, I draw a blank. Every. Gosh. Darn. Time.  It’s not that I’m lacking in pride or haven’t had moments. I’ve worked hard at a lot of things in my life and feel proud when I make a goal or see someone I love do the same. But none of these moments leave me feeling any more proud than another. I don’t have a proudest moment. Instead, I have lots of moments that I remember with a sense of pride.   Learning how to roller skate for the first time when I was

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The Magic Kingdom

When my husband, Chris, and I told my parents we would visit them in February, we discouraged them from making plans to visit Disney World. It isn’t that we don’t like “the happiest place on Earth.” (Well, my husband isn’t a fan but he doesn’t like any theme park because he hates crowds.) I just feared that we would be limited due to my pregnancy. After I did some research and found that my pregnancy would not limit me at the Magic Kingdom, we gave our consent to make plans for a trip to Disney World. My sister and her

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Sweet Saturday: Grandma’s Pecan Pie

Growing up, I always looked forward to Thanksgiving for one main reason, eating my Grandma Scott’s pecan pie! We only had the pie once a year back then, at Christmas time. I remember joking with my parents as we “fought” over the last piece of pie. Dad would then say, “You know, I made a big mistake. I convinced you to try the pie in the first place.” I guess you can say it was love at first bite. To this day, I still love the pie, but I bake it instead of my grandma who passed away in 2001.

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A Family Thanksgiving

My parents, sister and her family, and an aunt and uncle all live in Northern Florida. I, on the other hand, live in central Illinois. I have lived in Illinois since I got married in July 2009. In that time, I have spent only one holiday with my whole family in Florida, Christmas 2009. While my parents have come up and spent Thanksgiving with us on two different occasions, it isn’t the same as having a full family Thanksgiving. I’ve missed my family every year at the holidays. Finally, this year, my husband, children, and I drove to Florida for

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