Gwyneth Paltrow Is Right!

Gwyneth Paltrow, public blonde person, has come under fire for complaining about how hard it is to be a rich and famous movie star. Again. This time, instead of moaning about how much easier it would be to work in a cubicle in Peoria for minimum wage and no benefits, she compares being made fun of on the Internet to being a soldier at war. After thinking about it, maybe she’s right! Those … [Read more...]

Fun Times with Wine and Yoga Pants #NamastEPPA

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This is a sponsored post. I received product and compensation from One2One Network, but I was not required to write about anything specific. A week ago I left behind my daily routine to arrive in San Jose, California, for the biggest conference in blogging, BlogHer. Ironically, the first event I attended for BlogHer looked a lot like a normal evening for me—wine and yoga pants. That’s where … [Read more...]

Get Your Back-to-School Vaccinations at @MinuteClinic

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Sponsored post. Disclosure: I have received promotional consideration from Minute Clinic. School just let out for summer a hot second ago, but it’s already time to get ready to go back to school. For us that means thriftily shopping for used vests at the Goodwill. (Not really. But it was fun to take pictures. Those are tapestry airplanes, y’all.) We do need to get cracking on that long list of … [Read more...]

Simple Summer Berry Tart Recipe #BerryJoyfulSweeps

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I consider myself an average cook. If I search for a recipe on-line, I usually include the words “easy” or “simple”. Also, “Crockpot”, but that’s a post for a cooler season. I was inspired by an article in the July 2014 edition of Bon Appetit magazine. They let me subscribe, even though I don’t even own any Maldon sea salt flakes. Usually when Bon Appetit says “simple” it only involves a … [Read more...]

June is Home Safety Month.

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I never thought about home safety much before 2006, especially fire safety. Sure, I’d baby-proofed my house. We tested our smoke alarms when the clocks sprang forward or fell back. We had a fire extinguisher in the kitchen that we once had to use on fajita night. That was about the extent of my considerations for home safety. Then, we got a 5 a.m. phone call while we were on vacation. My … [Read more...]

My Story of Strength

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I have received information and materials from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of EXTRA STRENGTH TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. Motherhood crept up on me. As a child I preferred books to dolls. As a teen I babysat a little, but didn’t seek it out. As a young women I never really thought about being a mom then or in the … [Read more...]