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A perfect day #NaBloPoMo 4.23

Today was as perfect of a day as I've had in a really long time. We have three of the five kids with us right now (the youngest girls - 12, 10 and 7).  We had a lazy morning - none of the kids have school thanks to the holiday and parent/teacher conferences.  After a light breakfast, I let them … [Read More...]


Out my Window #NaBloPoMo 4.22

It's cold as heck in Chicago, and my little suburb got just shy of 10 inches of snow yesterday.  Despite it being early, it FEELS like Christmas is coming, so we are putting up the tree early.  And here's the new view out my window: I hope it sticks around for a while.  I love how beautiful … [Read More...]

Do you wanna build a snowman

Do you wanna build a snowman? #NaBloPoMo 4.20 & 4.21

It's snowing at my house as I write this.  It's actually been snowing since last night around dinner time.  There is something magical about the first snow, especially when it's that heavy snow that sticks to every twig still remaining on the trees and turns them in to artwork.  There is nothing … [Read More...]

Alvin and The Chipmunks Band

Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Musical in ROSEMONT! #AlvinLIVE

The Iconic Chipmunks come to life on stage for FOUR performances singing and dancing to top Billboard Hits of today, Favorites from the past AND original songs! After the successful kick-off of its North American tour, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Iconic Entertainment Studios … [Read More...]

#2BenefitU for your out of pocket medical expenses (

Save On Out Of Pocket Insurance Costs With #2BenefitU

Is your wallet straining each month with the rising price of out of pocket insurance costs? If so, then maybe it's time to look into adding the supplemental Health and Wellness Discount Program 2BenefitU. When you join, 2BenefitU brings members non-insured benefit programs featuring products and … [Read More...]


Sharing Prayers #NaBloPoMo 4.17

For those of you that missed my post on Sunday, I'm still in a decent amount of pain from throwing my back out (bending over to pick up SHEETS).  My go-to fixes include visiting my friendly neighborhood acupuncturist, Lauren at Joyful Balance Wellness to begin the healing process. I love her.  … [Read More...]


#BlackFriday $100 Target AND $100 Amazon Giveaway!

It's hard to believe Black Friday is upon us! What are your plans for the day? Whether you are one who loves to Christmas shop online from the comfort of your home or you look forward to joining the crowds for the day's awesome deals, it's always nice to have some extra spending money. I love me … [Read More...]


Oh My Aching Back #NaBloPoMo 4.15

I started the day with SO MUCH motivation.  It's the middle of November and the sun is shining and I have my windows open.  Sunny and 60. While my better half is outside, hanging out holiday lights (no we aren't turning them on yet), I was determined to get my 7-year old's room organized.  While … [Read More...]


Monkey Love #NaBloPoMo 4.14

My youngest daughter has a pet monkey. Not a REAL monkey, or course, but a Curious George stuffed animal I purchased from a friend at a garage sale when she was a little over a year old. Since the moment she saw his sweet face and hugged him for the first time, "Monkey" has been her … [Read More...]

Pray for Paris

Friday 5: I love you, Paris #NaBloPoMo 4.13

As I write this, Paris is under attack  According to SkyNews, the French army has been mobilized and the international borders have been closed as a state of emergency has been declared. At least 40 people have been killed and around 100 others are being held hostage following a series of … [Read More...]

Drew Barrymore Quote

True Happiness #NaBloPoMo 4.12 (almost)

Well, it was bound to happen. In four years of participating in #NaBloPoMo, I missed a day. I fell asleep on the couch, watching "The West Wing" on Netflix (more on that in days to come) and when I woke up at 11:30, I decided to go to bed. It was a conscious decision to let my post go for the … [Read More...]

Reese Witherspoon via Glamour Magazine dot com

I Heart Reese Witherspoon #NaBloPoMo 4.11

As a woman with daughters, I do my very best to teach my girls that they can do anything.  Be anything.  Create anything.  That there is no difference between them and their male classmates.  They are allowed to be determined, fierce, inquisitive, and bold without being held to a standard of what … [Read More...]


Every Woman #NaBloPoMo 4.10

This was shared by a friend on Facebook today and, believe it or not, I've never seen or heard it before. It resonated with me instantly; some things my Dad had taught me to make sure that I was strong and independent. some things that I've learned on my own to help me survive. some … [Read More...]


#ReEntrySucks – the #BlogherFood15 version (#NaBloPoMo 4.9)

I'm not sure there's enough hashtags in that title. I've barely unpacked.  And by "unpacked" I mean moved things from the bags with which they were transported in to various piles strewn all across the house. It took me all day to do 1 load of laundry. It's in the dryer, still, for the 4th … [Read More...]

Peace and relaxation

I would walk 500 miles #NaBloPoMo 4.8

Or maybe just 17. I've been home from #BlogHerFood15 for 12 hours, and the most productive thing I've done today is calculate how many miles I walked from Thursday morning to this morning - 90% of which was all inside the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The total is SEVENTEEN.  I walked 17 miles inside … [Read More...]