Stop Me if You've Heard This One

My name is Justine. And I write a blog about the weird things that happen to me. It’s also a blog about cooking. And a blog about decor and crafts. And a blog about the funny things my friends say. Sometimes it’s a blog about money. Almost forgot, it’s also a blog about family. Oh, geez, and sometimes it’s a blog about fitness. Every now and then, it’s a blog about travel. A lot of the time, it’s a blog about really nerdy things. Basically, it’s a blog about things I like. And, yeah, ok, things I hate too.

This is a blog about life. Mostly my life, but occasionally other people’s lives too. (Like my handsome husband; we got married in April 2011.)

I’m a writer-turned-marketer/writer, which has been, well, a weird adjustment. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that nothing stays the same forever.

Which is why I would never promise you a blog about one thing, when I know very well it’s about many.

Basically, this is a blog about stories. I like to tell stories. A lot of stories. Sometimes the same stories over and over. This is hopefully a step to correct that.

How to: Summer Vegetable and Chicken Sausage Pasta Recipe

It’s funny how so many good things in life start out as accidents. Funny how making the best of a situation can sometimes turn out to be literally the best. In New York, I made the best of a lot of things ....more

Beauty week: How to create messy waves tutorial

Kicking off the second post of BEAUTY WEEK, I’m sharing a tutorial that I use...more

Beauty Week: Here’s what you need to know about Lipsense

Since moving, I won’t lie to you, I’ve been struggling to get a more official “schedule” worked out. Part of the problem has been that our schedule hasn’t been real until this week—Joey just wrapped up training at work, so now he begins his four-days-a-week routine. Part of it has just been that moving is time-consuming, but now we’re also pretty much done getting settled and can stop making Lowes runs every other day ....more

From the trenches of sleep regression.

Technically, I’m not sure if it’s a true regression or just remnants of a toddler not fully adjusted since our move. Moves throw off routine and structure (two of toddlers’ favorite things, despite what they’ll tell you), and sleep is usually one of the first things to suffer. But the point is, while Vivi started going to bed like normal just two days after we moved, she has progressively been waking up about ten minutes earlier every day ....more

The good and bad of small town living

I really thought moving would give me a lot more to talk about on this little blog. And, well, it probably has. But I’ve also found that I’ve become so busy with getting settled (on top of my already packed schedule of mom-ing, pioneering, working, et al., I rarely have time to sit and work my thoughts into something coherent ....more

It took me almost 30 years to realize I’m addicted to achieving.

I feel safer when I have a long to-do list. When I have a goal. A project with steps, to follow, conquer, and complete ....more

I failed at motherhood and lived to tell about it.

Not surprisingly, motherhood is packed with an assortment of learning experiences. You learn that you can function on roughly twenty minutes of sleep. You learn that actually, no, four diapers is...more

The 7 steps of the insanity that is packing with a toddler.

1. Buy a bunch of boxes weeks out from your move date whilst smugly telling yourself, “Gosh, I’m so on the ball! This will be done in no time.” 2 ....more

The break-up.

New York is the first boyfriend I never had. That sounds weird to say because, obviously, I had a first boyfriend. But that boyfriend was Joey, and we always dated a little more seriously, with a little more direction ....more

A tale of two babies

In some ways, being a parent give you a lot of perspective. You suddenly appreciate your own parents. You reprioritize everything ....more
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