How To Do Disney’s Frozen Hairstyles

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It's no joke that Disney's Frozen is probably the highest grossing animated film of all time.  Practically every little girl I saw during back-to-school week had a Frozen backpack, t-shirt, shoes, and other paraphernalia on them! If you've got little girls and have logged in many hours of listening to several renditions of "Let It Go" this past summer, you are not going to want to miss this sale. To get you and your little one in the spirit of the sale, zulily has put together some special tutorials on how to create the magical updos and braids of Anna and Elsa. Share (or PinIt!) these … [Read more...]

#TimeTravelTuesday: Young and Seventeen

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I didn't know how smooth my skin was back then. No wrinkles or age spots. I should've washed my face everyday and not slept with make up on. And I didn't know how to take care of my hair. I should've paid attention to the hair products I used. I should've put on lotion everyday. And I shouldn't have sometimes slept with my contacts on. I probably should've not eaten so much fast food every week either. But I was young and seventeen.  I just didn't know any better. Please join me for Time Travel Tuesday (& Almost Wordless Wednesday) link-up!  It’s sort of … [Read more...]

Let Them Play


It's back to school night and the husband and the oldest are in the auditorium for their 5th grade meeting. I'm outside with the two little ones in the kindergarten playground. The teacher in me wants to be in the auditorium asking questions, writing notes, and generally seeing what everything is about. But now I'm actually glad that my husband sent me out with the little kids. I'm loving this time seeing them play together and getting along. It's a moment I wouldn't have wanted to miss. … [Read more...]

#TimeTravelTuesday: VHS – Remember Those?


I'm not ashamed to say it. I lived in a time when people still watched movies in video tapes. When you had to push this button called "Rewind" after watching the movie. When a 3-hour long movie took two tapes - so you had to stop in the middle and put in the second one. VHS. Remember those? Here are just a few of mine I found stashed in my parents' house. I can't believe I watched these movies like that. So ages ago! Please join me for Time Travel Tuesday (& Almost Wordless Wednesday) link-up! It’s sort of like throwback thursday or flashback friday, except it’s on Tuesdays … [Read more...]

After 5 Years of Homeschooling, First Day of School Ever!

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If you've missed my FB post, you've missed a pretty earth-shattering update from our corner of the world... We did it.  After 5 years of homeschooling, we enrolled our girls in (public) school. {Cue music - Dan-dan-daaaaaannnnnnn!!!} School started last Wednesday.  Today's Friday.  I'm SO exhausted! First, you're probably wondering why they're not in Catholic School.  Simple.  The closest Catholic School is a 45-minute drive - without traffic!  Considering I'm pregnant, due in November, AND the toddler just got potty-trained (Squee!!!), that's too long a trip to make twice a … [Read more...]

#TimeTravelTuesday: Rockin’ The 80′s Style


Here are the cousins and me.  I'm the pissed off looking one with the white tennis shoes. My cousin said I was mad because I probably didn't get the ice cream I asked for.  He's probably right. But I love everyone else's outfits too.  My fave is my cousin's teal sweats get-up. Also, my brother's bowl haircut? Awesome - to go with his awesome smile. Please join me for Time Travel Tuesday (& Almost Wordless Wednesday) link-up! It’s sort of like throwback thursday or flashback friday, except it’s on Tuesdays and accompanies a post. <a … [Read more...]

Mommy Referee

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I have a daughter who just turned 5. I have a son who just turned 3. They are the best of friends.  On some days. They are the worst of enemies.  On some days. This mommy is their referee. When one is gone, the other misses. But sometimes, they have too much of each other. And they fight like yin and yang. And they both go to time out. Some days they get along so well though. They collaborate on all sorts of mischief. And they both go to time out. They punch and hug each other. They grab each other's toys and share each other's food. They giggle in time out together. And they … [Read more...]

Happy Love


I don't have many decorations up in my house, but the ones that are there are mostly due to my husband.  He's got a very good eye when it comes to decorating.  (Shocking, I know.) If it was up to me, nothing would match and my pack rat tendencies would become bare for all to laugh at. Lucky for me, my husband's always there to balance my need to display everything. One of my favorites is a super-sized cross we found at a vintage store.  (Yes, be bargained for that too.) It's not so much that he bought the thing that made me happy.  It's the place that he put it. Waaaaaayyyy UP … [Read more...]

Sleeping and Motherhood Don’t Mix

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Are you laughing yet? I don't know about you, but the blissful sleep that these supposedly mothers are showing has not happened to me in almost 10 years of having kids. If you have, please do spill your secret.  I would gladly pay you (in chocolates or wine) for such wisdom. Sure, the kids all look like that when they're sleeping - they're angels, right?  But the moms in the pictures? Staged. Acting. Illusion. So excuse me while I wipe these tears of laughter from my eyes. I needed that laugh. Did you? … [Read more...]

#TimeTravelTuesday: It’s Called A Perm!


It seems not so long ago, but I'm glad the phase passed. Yes, I got a perm.  It was in style when I was in high school.  I opted in. It wasn't so bad, really.  Made fixing my hair easy. Just empty half a can of mousse on my head, then either comb out for a fluffy look... OR... let it dry for a wet scrunchy look! Like me! Did you go through that phase too?  (Say I wasn't alone!) And that's an "I Love You" sign - not the "Asian Peace Sign Thing." And I totally love my friend's photobomb - back when photobomb wasn't even a word yet.  (I feel so old.) So, what … [Read more...]