NaBloPoMo (11/2016) - Day 18: Going to my happy place

 The last few blog posts I've written have dealt with fairly serious, heavy subjects. I think they were warranted, actually. This month has brought about some serious, heavy emotions in me. In many of us. And since I don't have a lot of people that I can just vent with at the drop of a hat, I needed to get those thoughts and fears and ideas out somehow. (Besides, my cats aren't great listeners. They just roll their eyes at me and go back to their naps.)So, I want to take this opportunity to focus less on the serious, heavy subjects and more on things that are a bit more fun....more

For All the Valentine’s Day Haters

Many people hate Valentine’s Day... and I’m sure there are plenty of reasons why.Image via ShutterstockHere are some you may have heard: ...more
Our first valentine together, when we were 18 years old, my hubbie and I did give cards and ...more

Hallmark are you Listening?

We are all clumsy from time to time and yesterday was no different. I was passing by a half-open door and swung my hand and well… you can figure out what happened next.Both girls saw it happen and as I disguised my swearing into more kid friendly words… Sugar…. Mother Trucker!!!I somehow managed to avoid the “Christmas Story” movie scenario where Ralphie’s dad, Old Man Parker, weaves a stream of consciousness string of obscenities, punctuated by “NADDAFINGA!!”But that is not my story. My story is about the kindness of my daughter....more


The first Sunday in May is officially Girlfriend Mom Day. Mark your calendars Hallmark....more

Our Valentine's Recap

My husband and I hate Valentine's Day with a passion. Mostly, because we consider it a Hallmark Holiday mostly aimed at selling stuff. Since we're all against the gift part but all for the love and romance, we decided to have a nice, cozy V-+Day celebration at home with the kids. A few days earlier, I told my husband, who usually takes care of dinner during the week because I come home from work late, that he wouldn't have to take care of dinner since I had plans. The plan was as follows:...more

Happy Anniversary, Fakebook Style!

My Fakebook Status:  Happy Anniversary to my soul mate, my rock, my reason for living.These past 17 years have been wonderful, and every morning I wake up next to you, I have to pinch myself to be sure that I’m really awake and not still dreaming.  When you look at me, I still get that giddy feeling and butterflies in my stomach like the glorious day we met.  ...more

Free Father's Day Cards

Favorite Photos FridaySome time ago I designed a few Father's Day cards using antique photos from my collection. Here are three of them.Just in case you haven't gotten around to buying Dad a card yet -- Father's Day is June 17 this year--feel free to assemble your own card by printing one of these, pasting it on a blank piece of folded paper, and writing a sentiment and your name inside, with lots of "X"s and "O"'s.Free Father's Day Card....more
I love them! That is awesome!more

Treasuring The Handwritten Card

BlogHer 11 was my very first BlogHer conference. I loved so many aspects of attending, but one stands out in my mind, 6 months later, as having made a lasting impact....more

Hallmark has a good sense of humor

hose ladies at Hallmark sure must be fun at parties.  Putting the retirement cards next to the potty training and loss of tooth/teeth cards?  I mean, I guess it could technically be in the right place – it Depends. (See what I did there? Ha!)  Hooray!  You used the potty…just in time to retire and play golf....more

how does hallmark know me so well?

 banging my head on the laptop cuz i can't figure out how to load pictures.  and i can't figure out how to delete this!   help!!  ...more