Ugh. I promised myself that I would NOT get sucked into the holiday vortex and neglect my updates…unfortunately, it appears that I have done exactly that! The good news is…plenty of new readers have still been happening upon the site and deciding to subscribe to my updates! Subscribers make me giddy! If you are a new subscriber…I promise you’ll be hearing from me much more than you have lately! The other piece of good news is…while I may have been… Read more »

Something about this frigid, windy night has me MORE than ready for Christmas! I have been so busy with work, projects and spending time with my husband (seriously, I’ll never get tired of that guy! <3) that I haven’t had a chance to update lately. Some very exciting changes are happening with the blog…I can’t wait to share more soon! In the meantime…in the hopes of getting all of my readers into the holiday spirit…here is a perfect holiday playlist!… Read more »

There is this pesky rumor going around that women are difficult to please and incredibly hard to shop for. Not true. When picking out a gift for any of the women in my life I like to make sure the item falls under one of the following categories: Expensive Unique Cozy Scented Just Plain Cute If it falls under one of those categories…you’ve probably got yourself a great gift! Here are some of my favorite picks for gift giving this… Read more »

Sometimes I write letters to my daughter…one I don’t have yet, but someday expect to bring to life. It feels like a diary, a lesson, a glimpse into the life I lived before & maybe during her existence. I hope one day, when she feels like she’s a million miles away from me, dealing with experiences and heartache that I can’t begin to understand I can hand her this journal…giving her a literal piece of my heart and we’ll find common… Read more »

There is nothing more gratifying than giving someone you care about a gift that they  LOVE! Unfortunately, finding that gift can be a less than pleasant experience. By “less than pleasant” I mean stressful, pressure filled, crowded, miserable and rash inducing. For real, I’ve worked myself up in such a gift giving tizzy that my body had no choice but to rebel in the form of a rash on my back. Issues, I’ve got lots of them! 😉 So, if… Read more »

I am what you would call a morning person. I wake up each morning…much earlier than is ever necessary. I can literally hear life and all of its chores and all of its adventures whispering in my ear…telling me that I’m missing out, I’m running out of time to accomplish all of the things I want to accomplish. Usually, this spurs me to action. I leave my husband to sleep and I go to the gym, I start the laundry,… Read more »

Andrew and I had a terrific weekend.  We spent most of it prepping for our Halloween party on Saturday and the remainder of it recovering from said Halloween party. I love planning things…I really do. All week long I felt like I was on this little adventure! Of course, it helps that I have a wonderful husband who enjoys planning right along with me…and somehow manages not to get exasperated with all of my (sometimes crazy) ideas! I wanted to… Read more »

I don’t understand pumpkins. How does something that unappealing (those innards are seriously gross people) contribute to the wonder that is pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin beer… Seriously, pumpkin never fails.  Usually, by this time of year I have blown entire paychecks on pumpkin spice lattes, I have dove head first into a pan of pumpkin bars, I have made special trips to Village Inn for a slice (okay, sometimes an entire pie) of Pumpkin Cream… Read more »

How fitting. One week ago, I was writing about battling and (mostly) conquering my debilitating insecurities and desperate need for approval…and today, after a work meeting in which I was handed my new tasks and duties I was also handed a whole lot of “productive” criticism. To be fair, I directed the conversation toward “respect”, how to earn it and how to keep it. I guess, I was expecting a “work more hours, step up more often and finish tasks… Read more »

This title…with no words attached to it has been sitting in my drafts for a couple of weeks…its been taunting me. Daring me to write something honest and vulnerable and a little bit ugly. I guess I could never find the beginning which is technically the past and not a place I like to reside…so I will just start with the now and see where I end up. I’m sitting at my dining room table, with the window open because… Read more »