"I Have Stage IV Cancer and I'm Getting Married. Help!"

Most women have suffered great angst over planning their wedding day, and some even suffer from something called "post-wedding blues," but can you imagine what it would be like to be diagnosed with cancer in the midst of planning this special day?...more
That is amazing! I did not want to wear a wig when I was going through chemo, and I could never ... more

Nine Outdoor Projects You Can Do This Weekend

Now that the warm weather has (finally) arrived we're spending our weekends trying to find that sweet spot between doing all the projects and actually taking time to relax. Some of the projects are the less fun ones (I'm looking at you yard work) but then there are all the fun ones. Oh, the fun ones. I basically live on the internet so more and more fun dream projects get added to my list each week. This list is a mix of the fun and the practical and can all be done in just a few days. Pallet Fort...more
I just built a raised garden bed in my back yard. I'm hoping I get home grown tomatoes this year! more

My Top 10 Coping Tools for Getting Through a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Lately I've been renewing friendships with people I haven't seen in a few years, or just seeing people I haven't seen since pre-BC (breast cancer), and one of the things that they often ask is "How did you manage to get through last year?" I've actually been wondering the same thing lately, as I get absorbed into the very busy life I lead as a wife, mother, consultant, friend, homeowner, etc. There are so many things to do and so much to keep up with, how did I actually manage during the whole year of breast cancer treatments? ...more
All great coping tools! I relied on my friends, too, and my parents were with me every step of ... more

Me and My Non-Smart Phone (The Day I Realized that I'm a Fuddy-Duddy)

My kids swear that we are the last people on earth to not have a data plan with our phone service. They might be right too. Having just a regular cell phone—texting option only—is such a rarity that when I recently tried to replace my old phone, the Pink Dinosaur, as my daughter called it, I couldn’t. AT&T offered only one model of phone without data plans. I call it extortion, a phone company’s empire forcing me to comply with their money-making scheme. My kids call it keeping up with the times. ...more
Pecked2DeathByChcknsI remember those Kangaroo shoes! I never owned a pair, but they were so cool! more

Me and My Non-Smart Phone (The Day I Realized that I'm a Fuddy-Duddy)

My kids swear that we are the last people on earth to not have a data plan with our phone service. They might be right too. Having just a regular cell phone—texting option only—is such a rarity that when I recently tried to replace my old phone, the Pink Dinosaur, as my daughter called it, I couldn’t. AT&T offered only one model of phone without data plans. I call it extortion, a phone company’s empire forcing me to comply with their money-making scheme. My kids call it keeping up with the times. ...more
I am stuck with my pay-as-I-go flip phone because it's just not in the budget to have a data ... more

You Know You've Been Blogging Too Long When ...

Remember when the whole idea of "blogging" was fresh and new? When you had to explain to everyone around just what the heck "blogging" is? And when "blogging" always had quotes around it, because no one knew what to make of it? ...more
You know every detail about your bestie's life, yet you've never met IRL! more

This is What it is Like to Live Without Your Breast

My question to Glamour is this. Why did I get these emails? I don't subscribe to Glamour magazine,  and I don't follow them on any social media. Why are they emailing me? I'm sure the answer is publicity, since I write a blog that is about living after breast cancer. The question they pose, however, strikes me as being sensationalist journalism. "How would your life change without YOUR breasts?" Here is my answer, Glamour magazine. ...more
modmom Yes, I think you're right about body symmetry! I'm fortunate and don't have lymphedema, ... more

My Apple Trick Will Help You to Not Overeat at Thanksgiving

I read about a different way to eat an apple on my friend's blog.  Soon after, The Atlantic also covered this idea of eating from the bottom up rather than around the side.  Doing so creates less waste.  According to their article, "we are all wasting 30 percent of our apples at $1.30 per pound, that's about $42 wasted per person per year—which is $13.2 billion annually, thrown in the trash." ...more
My dad will eat the core and all! I don't like to eat the core, but I'm definitely going to try ... more

This is What it is Like to Live Without Your Breast

My question to Glamour is this. Why did I get these emails? I don't subscribe to Glamour magazine,  and I don't follow them on any social media. Why are they emailing me? I'm sure the answer is publicity, since I write a blog that is about living after breast cancer. The question they pose, however, strikes me as being sensationalist journalism. "How would your life change without YOUR breasts?" Here is my answer, Glamour magazine. ...more
Kiss my List So true, and so hard to remember! more

This is What it is Like to Live Without Your Breast

My question to Glamour is this. Why did I get these emails? I don't subscribe to Glamour magazine,  and I don't follow them on any social media. Why are they emailing me? I'm sure the answer is publicity, since I write a blog that is about living after breast cancer. The question they pose, however, strikes me as being sensationalist journalism. "How would your life change without YOUR breasts?" Here is my answer, Glamour magazine. ...more
anotherjennifer Yes, it is an odd question to ask, isn't it? more