My Love Affair with Stand-Up Comedy

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My Love Affair with Stand-Up Comedy

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.  Years ago, as a teenager at a time when my parents briefly had cable, I found myself bored and clicking through the channels looking for something to watch after everyone else had gone to bed. I stumbled on a program with a woman telling jokes to an audience. As I watched, I became captivated and amused. Soon, I was laughing out loud, and I had a woman

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10 Awesome Summer Movies

10 Awesome Summer Movies

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.  Mid-July. Hot. Humid.  Miserable. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate summer weather? I’m sure I have. Thank goodness for Willis Carrier, who invented air-conditioning in 1902. He was a brilliant man who helped make summer more bearable.  Granted, this does not mean I can get out of spending time outside. With three little girls, spending most of my summer outside is a requirement, what with

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19 Ideas for Enjoying “Me Time”

19 Ideas for Enjoying “Me Time”

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.  Let me let you in on a little secret. Once you become a stay-at-home parent, you lose something precious you probably didn’t value enough. No, not money (although you do lose some of that). No, not sex with your partner, although that may happen less often. Who has energy for that after several days with little sleep? You lose “me time,” those quiet moments where you can

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#TooFemale? Too Awesome! Women on TV

#TooFemale? Too Awesome! Women on TV

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.  The other day I wrote a post about how CBS executives passed on a pilot that tested well but rejected it because the show skewed “too female.” To say this confused me might be an understatement. How could a show test “too female”? What does that even mean? After much thought, I think I know what “too female” means in TV speak. It means the men didn’t like

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Opposites, Otherwise Known as Sisters

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.  Growing up, my younger sister, Amy, and I were always opposites. I was the introvert, she the extrovert, I had blonde hair, she had dark brown hair. Amy was popular, I was not. She liked Beverly Hills 90210 and I didn’t. Being so different led to many fights over the years, to the point that my mom worried that we would irreparably harm our relationship.  Despite our differences,

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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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Date Night In

Date Night In

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 you have kids, going out is a treat. Unless you have lots of family members nearby who volunteer to babysit for free or are wealthy enough to afford hiring babysitters every night, you spend most of your nights at home. Okay, maybe all of your nights at home and the rare night out every few months. At least, that’s how it works for my family.  My husband,

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Family Adventures

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.  Each year I love to consider all the possibilities, all the places we might go. This year is no different. In past years, we’ve made trips to Minneapolis, South Dakota, and Chicago. When I got married to my husband, Chris, and moved to Illinois, I told him that we would have to visit my family in Florida once every calendar year, and we have. I’ve also made

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Bedtime Hell

“Ginny, it’s time to go to bed.” Ginny gives me a sour expression, narrows her eyes, and declares, “I’m not tired! I don’t want to go to bed. I’m NOT tired!!” “Welcome to bedtime hell,” I think to myself.  There was a time when putting my oldest to bed did not involve screaming, yelling or crying (from me). We would tell Ginny to go to bed, and she would respond, “Okay.” We would walk her to her room, tuck her in, and say goodnight. Within 10 minutes (usually less), she would drift off to sleep.  I miss those days. A

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Dusting Off My Shelfies

Last night, the Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles and aired for the world to see. The Emmy Awards signal the beginning of première week on television. The Emmy’s say goodbye to the last season as we welcome in the new one. As a lifelong fan of television, I look forward to September; bringing with it all the new shows I can’t wait to see for the first time to all my returning favorites. Of course, with a million channels, I go through the difficult task of narrowing down what it is I will watch. When I was a

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