Opposites, Otherwise Known as Sisters

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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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15 Great Back-to-School Movies

As summer tapers off to the beginning of autumn, you know what comes next–the first day school. Scrolling through my Facebook feed lets me know that many children have already returned to their classrooms to learn. Friends and family have taken their daughters and sons off to college to start their adventures away from home.  At my house, we sit and wait. In two weeks, our four-year-old’s preschool year will begin. This year she will be attending a new preschool in our small town, instead of driving 20 minutes to our parish school. We decided on the change for a

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11 Reasons Why Buyers on House Hunters Drive Me Nuts

One show I love to watch is House Hunters. I’m not sure why I enjoy watching people searching for a new home. It could be my nosy-nature, wanting to see what other people have (and can afford). The other part is wanting to see what I like and don’t like in homes. Just watching the show clarifies what I want in our next home. Since we plan to buy a new home this fall, I find myself watching House Hunters a lot! Lucky for me, I can watch the show on Netflix. How handy is that? The part of the show that annoys

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8 Fabulous TV Moms

A week ago Sunday was Mother’s Day! Some people love the “holiday,” others, not so much. We all have our reasons for being happy to see the second Sunday in May or want to hide from it. I’m in the former camp.  While not all of us had the perfect mom (and really, who did?), most of us have women (or, in some cases, men) in our lives that serve as mother figures to us in some way. One place everyone can turn to see motherhood in action is television. While it isn’t real, we can enjoy the moms we

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An Almost Adventure to Africa

I had a plan. Now, I just needed to implement it. Never mind that I was only eight years old and this plan was a hard one to carry out even for an adult, much less a child; I would reach my goal. Soon, I would run away to Africa.  I’m not sure what prompted my wish to run away. It’s possible that I got scolded and grounded, leaving me lots of time to think in my room. Think and plan. And, that is what I did. I pulled out my globe and looked at it. My dad, a sergeant

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