So Close to Amazing

So Close to Amazing

 
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I am a firm believer in coordinating a matching outfit for every event.

Like a prairie skirt with a sweater vest trimmed in ribbons and high-heeled shoes with ruffled socks and a bow with my name on it.

Or a blazer (complete with tags) for a shopping day on the town.

Maybe it’s because I secretly wish one day a Hollywood producer would discover me.

Maybe it’s because I believe that everything is more fun in a head-to-toe coordinating outfit.

Or maybe it’s because I watch the Hallmark movie channel for a living.

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Why You Should Always Clap in the Rain

Why You Should Always Clap in the Rain

 

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I think I fell in love with my husband because he makes me laugh.

Every. Single. Day.

Especially the dad humor.

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You know what I’m talking about.

You understand.

Dad humor is like a cross between why did the chicken cross the road and puns that make your roll your eyes and groan.

You simply can’t help it…..

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The Contract

The Contract

 
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After the twins were born, I stood in the middle of my living room one evening….bleary-eyed from lack of sleep with hair that hadn’t been washed in a week….wearing pajamas covered in spit-up…..

…..and wailed plaintively to my mother.

“How can I do this?”

“I’m not going to make it.”

“They are totally winning.”

Then I wiped my faced and brushed the hair away from my eyes….inhaled and exhaled several times and then stood patiently waiting for her words of wisdom.  I mean after all….my mother is brilliant (and getting more brilliant with every year that passes) and experienced and wise….

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The Day I Was Almost a Fashionista

The Day I Was Almost a Fashionista

 

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In a vain attempt to try to bring my wardrobe into the year 2014…..

…..I have been reading fashion blogs.

For someone who buys her t-shirts at Wal-Mart….it’s been a little intimidating.

To say the least.

It’s a whole other world of glamorous, stylish people who effortlessly mix florals and stripes and wear at least five bracelets and use terms like “statement necklaces” and “boyfriend jeans”….

….all while perching precariously on six-inch high platform shoes.

But I’ve learned so much.

I’ve learned that everyone should own at least one pair of black jeans and plaid shirts are a current trend and that you can mix menswear with ruffles and a peplum can truly be flattering….

….and everyone should own a blazer.

Absolutely, positively brilliant.

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How to Jump

How to Jump

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About seven years ago we took the leap and moved from a very large metroplex to the country.

We closed our eyes….took a deep breath….

….and jumped.

You can read the rest of the story here.

Or just wait for the book. :)

I get asked all the time if it was easy to jump to the country and why we did it and if it was challenging to adjust and how we supported ourselves….

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What I Never Knew I Needed From the Clearance Aisle

What I Never Knew I Needed From the Clearance Aisle

 

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The other day Hobby Lobby had an 80% off sale.  And since nothing says date night more than rows and rows of urns and picture frames and pillows and bird’s nests marked with yellow stickers for a mere fraction of their original price….

….I brought my husband along for the treasure hunt.

He stopped to join all the other patient husbands in the front by the candy aisle and I took off in a full sprint to the back of the store.

First one aisle….then another.  And then…..half way down aisle two….I saw it.

You know…IT.

The thing that you find…..that you never knew that you wanted….that you had absolutely, positively no idea that you ever even needed….

….until you find it and wonder how you have existed until this moment without having it in your life.

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My Most Embarrassing Moment (Times Nine)

My Most Embarrassing Moment (Times Nine)

 

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I missed you.

I mean….seriously….three days without a blog post?  Is that even right?

That’s a lifetime in blog land or in the life of a caterpiller.  Take your pick.

And spending the last few days rubbing elbows with the rich and famous at the Haven blogging conference and driving to Atlanta and back….

….is absolutely no excuse.

Does it help if I wrote about 20 blog posts in my head when I was there?

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There’s Something Fishy About That Scale

There’s Something Fishy About That Scale

 
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I spent the last few weeks getting ready for the beach.

I mean….seriously…..just between us…..

….it’s an undertaking.

Can I get an amen?

I highlighted my hair and doused myself in fake tanner and bought some face bronzer and found some new red lipstick….

…..and apologized profusely to the nail tech during the first pedicure of the season. :) Continue reading


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