Hooray for Visitors (And Their Mess?!)

Besides great company, one of the greatest things about having out-of-towners is perhaps the 'glasses' you put on as you walk around your house. You notice every speck of dirt, clutter pile, paper stack, crumb, misplaced toy, etc. And you work hard to make your home shine - so your visitors feel comfortable and can rest easy. And - perhaps most importantly - so you

August 26th, 2015 0 comments live

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Phew. The past few weeks have been quite a whirlwind - mostly emotional, sometimes physical - but finally, FINALLY!, I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

But today, in a rare moment of quiet reflection (at least recently!), I realized that light at the end of the tunnel wouldn't be in sight if not for the gentle breeze of kindness

July 22nd, 2015 0 comments live

Maybe the Neighborhood Kids Aren’t Actually “Missing”?

Lately, I have been reading a lot of blogs / posts / articles / conjecture about the status of 'neighborhoods' and basically, what boils down to the lack of kids playing outside willy-nilly in said neighborhoods all summer long, from dawn until dusk. (Ok, I am exaggerating a bit, but you get the point.)

I'm assuming this is due to the recent start of summer break,

June 17th, 2015 0 comments live

Mom! You’re So Embarrassing. (Sunscreen-style)

Yep, already.

I am already mortifying my kids. It only gets better from here, right?

Today's cause?

Those little gems right up at the top there.

And, no, they are not embarrassing because they don't rub in well and leave a pale white pallor on the kids' skin once applied. (We love both of these products - they work really well. Trust me - this

June 10th, 2015 0 comments live

Lip Gloss + Laundry

Ah, lip gloss and laundry. A pair that was never meant to be. Two items, that when joined together equalled me having my first Den Flannery "Son of a B! Who left their Chapstick in their pocket and threw it in dryer?" moment. (But replace that "B" with the full word and potentially pepper the sentence with some other choice words. And then picture me

June 5th, 2015 0 comments live, our kids in portland

My Dad’s Take on Facebook

This post is eventually about my dad's take on Facebook, but first, I feel compelled to whinge a bit about my lack of blogging. (Enjoy. haha!)

The Lack of Blogging Whinging

How is it May? Seriously. And how have I not written a blog in two months? Ugh.

Thanks to an extraordinarily busy year at work so far, I've been absent on the personal creative front.

May 5th, 2015 0 comments gwc shorts

40 is the New 21 (For Me. Apparently.)

This past weekend, I had the good fortune of traveling home to Philadelphia to surprise my best gal pal at her surprise 40th birthday party.

I've never really done a weekend "away from it all" since having kids - perhaps shockingly, perhaps not so much. I travel fairly frequently for work, so purposefully leaving the fam on the weekends never really seemed like the thing

March 12th, 2015 0 comments live

Budding Fashionista

Apparently the sweet little Hello Kitty motif of the sweater Santa gifted Grace for Christmas was not quite "fashionable" enough for our little Grace.

It needed something else.

Something a little extra.

Something to push the cute factor over the top.

Something that might swaddle tiny six-year-old thumbs in a soft fabric hug.

You know…something like thumb holes.

After she Billy Ray Cyrused her hair

February 19th, 2015 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Here We Go – Being Mom to a “Ginger”

Few things rile me up more than when I see or hear about kids getting bullied or picked on. You can imagine how that multiplies when it involves my own children - no matter what side of the equation they are on.

Gavin got off the bus today and ran over to me.

I could see his normally bright eyes were tinged red as he

January 12th, 2015 0 comments live, our kids in portland

First Christmas in Portland

We're gearing up for our first Christmas in Portland. Although we've lived here three full years, this is actually our fourth Christmas since we moved at the end of October in 2011. And Santa has yet to visit us out here - hahaha.

Why? Because we've been heading back to the Philadelphia area to do our Christmasing since the big move.  Adjusting to the holidays has been

December 23rd, 2014 0 comments live

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