Marriage // Our First Five Years

We're going on six years married in January, eleven together. Today I'm participating in Five on Friday and thought it would be fun to remember those first five years married. {One ....more

Ball Gown Decisions

It's that time of year again.  Time to decide on an evening dress for the December Ball.  Last year, I was fortunate to find a beautiful gown with weeks to spare.  I found it on Amazon for only $40!  And it arrived in the mail just in time for the event....more

Writing Survival Tips for Thanksgiving

 ...more

The Backlash of Having High Expectations

The Backlash of Having High Expectations As individuals, we all have certain expectations of people and things.  We may patronize a new restaurant with expectations of enjoying our meal.  We may go to the theater to see a new movie in anticipation that it will be exciting.  We may go on a first date expecting to have a good time and meet a new friend....more

Chile: Blowing up the ATMs

375 of them: Crooks Blow Up ATMs in Crimes Leaving Chileans Stuck in Line The method is simple. Use a hose to inject propane into the machine while being careful to seal all cracks and vents with duct tape, then light the fuel with a spark. The top of the machine explodes, leaving the cash tray almost intact ....more

Go From Day To Night With These 3 Pieces

As I get older, I’m starting to learn the importance of investing in wardrobe pieces that are functional, instead of what is trendy. It’s so easy to see a crop top and think, “I need that!” But, the truth is, maybe everyone shouldn’t wear a crop top. Don’t get me wrong I am all about being confident ....more

Pumpkin Roundup #5: Pumpkin Bread

This roundup features my favorite way to eat pumpkin:  pumpkin bread.  I do not like it in a pie.  I do not like it with a fly.  But I do love it in a bread, while laying snugly in my bed.  That's how I like to eat pumpkin.  I prefer a classic pumpkin bread, but I may just have to try some of these interesting recipes. Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bread...more

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS! YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED FOR HOMELESS PREGNANT MOMS

ARE YOU A BLOGGER? If so, please take 2 minutes to read this post and consider giving your time and voice to this very worthy cause. NO FINANCIAL COMMITMENT IS NEEDED.Everyone knows a wonderfully blessed mother-to-be who is experiencing the joy of impending motherhood during the holiday season. She’s excitedly counting down the days and imagining the love and joy she’ll feel to hold her newborn bundle of heaven in her arms. She’s had or will soon have a baby shower where her friends and family will bless her with everything she needs to welcome her new baby…...more

PCOS and Weight: How to Get Your Groove Back

When I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) earlier this year, the doctors game me all kinds of helpful (and alarming!) information about the condition.  What they didn’t tell me was that their diagnosis would trigger my long-dormant obsession with the bathroom scale, send me into a calorie-counting frenzy and give my self esteem a serious pummeling. ...more
Well, that comment didn't go well... I was saying that I have PCOS, or at least an endocrine ...more

caught my eye + deals 11.21.14

I still love this BHG feature of Lauren Liess’ home! * Favorite Things is still going on -- loving it! * Why I Decorate Early For Christmas at the Inspired Room * Dear Parent: About THAT Kid and DEALS -- these can change or run out at any time: * Target has 40% off kids’ bedding and other bedding today (Friday) only! ...more