10 Advent Calendar Crafts You Can Make

When I was a kid there wasn't much that matched the excitement of counting down the days to Christmas. While I did it by marking x's on the calendar, today many families have embraced the advent calendar. You can find a wide selection of advent calendars in the store but they can be quite easy to make at home. We've selected 10 of our favorite homemade advent calendars to share with you. ...more
Thanks for featuring my over the door advent calendar here.  I love all these ideas so much! more

Do We Ever Really Leave High School?

Lissy Ryder, the main character in Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, never really left high school. She hit her peak during those four years and stopped growing and reaching. When she discovered there is life after high school it was a complete and total shock. While we may not all be like Lissy, I still see references every week online to things being just like high school....more
I completely agree with @Shellthings .  The people who peak during high school are the ones who ... more

Who Do You Want To Be?

When we first met Lissy Ryder in Jen Lancaster's novel Here I Go Again, she didn't know who she wanted to be. She was still focused on who she had been. Her high school days has been her glory days, so why should she want to be any different than she was in her teens? During the course of the novel she learns that if you stay who you were, you'll never become who you are supposed to be....more
When I was in high school, I had it all figured out.  I was going to be a psychologist, or ... more

Would You Like To Go Back In Time?

In Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, Lissy Ryder is given a potion that can help her right all her wrongs. Being the person she is, Lissy doesn't approach it cautiously. No, she throws it back like it's an espresso shot. When she wakes up and realizes she's back in the past -- back in high school -- she's elated. That would not be my reaction. ...more
Hindsight's 20/20, or so I've heard.  There are definitely things I would like to have done ... more

Music Tells Your Story

One of the things I probably identified the most with in Jen Lancaster's Here I Go Again were the discussions between Lissy and Brian about music. When you are teenager, few things feel bigger than the music you listen to in high school. It becomes the soundtrack for that part of your life, and you carry it with you going forward....more
I'm about to date myself AND show my redneck roots, I'm afraid.  For me, Achy Breaky Heart by ... more

Remembering Mama

This is a post that has been, quite literally, over two years in the making.  When my Mama died in November, 2010, I did what I do best - I kept my emotions inside.  But I started writing.  And writing.  Because even though she's been gone over two years now, I don't ever want to forget what she did for me and what she meant to me.  This is the first of a dozen or so things I've written about Mama since she died, and it is the first that I've chosen to share.   ...more
@kisschronicles Thanks so much for your kind words.  This is something I haven't shared on my ... more

I just posted something and it's listed 3 times. UGH. It's user error I'm sure, but I don't know how to remover the duplicates. Help please!

I just posted something and it's listed 3 times. UGH. It's user error I'm sure, but I don't know how to remover the duplicates. Help please! ...more
@Karen Ballum Thanks! I'm technologically challenged today! more

I just posted something and it's listed 3 times. UGH. It's user error I'm sure, but I don't know how to remover the duplicates. Help please!

I just posted something and it's listed 3 times. UGH. It's user error I'm sure, but I don't know how to remover the duplicates. Help please! ...more
@kisschronicles Thank you so much! more

Enter to Win a Kroger Family of Stores Gift Card!

I downloaded some coupons to my Kroger card, used a few paper coupons, and got some great deals. ... more

Week 2: Explore BlogHer.com and Win an iPad!

Last week we invited you to take a look around our redesigned homepage. We love the feedback you gave us and now we'd like to share some of our features beyond the homepage. And, since we are still in a jolly giving mood, this week we want to give you a chance to win an iPad! ...more

So thanks for the chance to win something and make it productive time...

till next ... more