40 Things Learned in 40 Years

A Birthday Eve post: I'm sorry for all the cliches, but they are all true! Here are 40 things I have learned in my 40 full years: 1. I do believe in love at first sight...it happened to me.2. I still feel like I'm 16.3. I'm in better shape now than 10 years ago.4. Family is where my heart is.5. You don't have to be related to be family.6. My kids bring me so much stress and joy at the same time.7. It's okay to say no.8. I think I've lived many lives.9. The grass isn't always greener....more
I'm 46 and aside from what you've learned, I have learned that after they are 21, it is ok to be ...more

Forty Gifts

I woke up and my children hugged me.I walked to the coffee shop, like I do every morning, and got a hot Americano.When I got home, Esme stood on the door step with one card and Desmond held another. Randy Newman sang "You've got a friend in me" when I opened the "Toy Story" birthday card from the kids. My eyes filled with tears because of how much the movie series has won the hearts of my family. The tears made it hard to read. ...more

Celebrating My Birthday By Honoring All of Me

I wait in the clearing for them to join me. It is my celebration, after all. The sun is shining, bathing the lea in a warm glow. There is an entire meadow of soft greenery for us to dig our toes into. Nothing sharp, nothing dangerous, nothing to mar our time together. There is just the slightest breeze. The sky is the most pleasant timeless blue imaginable. ...more

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Invisible Me

"If I could say, Mrs. Barrett, nobody here believes you're 40," Tyler says, as he hands me an iced tea.  We're settled in at the pool and in a lovely birthday gesture, the girls have hired two sitters to watch the boys poolside so I can sit in a lounge chair. "Thank you, Tyler," I answer with a smile.  "Did the girls pay you to say that too?" "Get out of here, gal," Dara says, whipping a towel at me.  "You look fabulous and you know it."...more


Elizabeth 8/14 8:55 a.m.Beyond comfortable. So true. Time is funny. So are memories. Some are gone and some are so clear in my head it's like they happened yesterday. You seem like a yesterday. What did you do for your 40th?Andrew is a year older than me, his birthday on May 25th. And I have always thought of him on that day, wondered where he is.Andrew 8/14 8:58 a.m....more

Lordy, Lordy, Look Who's 40!


Just my luck no coupons today!

It figures that the week I decide to put my plan into motion there are no coupons in our Sunday paper. Oh well there is always the online ones and next week of course. In the meantime I am reading TONS of blogs online about saving money and other things.These are my favorites at the moment:http://www.grocerycouponguide.com/articles/eating-well-on-1-a-day/  this guy is totally hilarious sometimes!...more

Lisi for Less

Next April I will be turning 40, to celebrate I'm going to go to Disneyland with my hubby, friends, and family.To do this I will need to:1) Save/make enough money for the tripObstacles: I am currently unable to work due to physical and mental issues, so I must come up with ways to both save and make money....more

Enjoy Your Labor Day Like Never B4

Your other option is this: you could use your 3-day "end of summer" weekend, to do the things you've always done, the ways you've always done them.  That's the easiest thing to do, for sure.  But after 8 months of doing 1 new thing every week, I can guarantee you that if you do something this weekend that you've never done before you'll ... ...more