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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…{BLOGS}

Since Twitter has #FF (Follow Friday), where you give a shout-out to Twitter profiles that you want your followers to check out, I’d thought I’d do something similar today.

I would like to share a few of my favorite blogs with you. Some of them I go to for a recipe or a craft idea, some just make me laugh. 

Check them out and let me know what you think! Read More »

Books Guilty Pleasures

Summer Reading List, Part One

Summertime means going to the beach. And for me, going to the beach means relaxing with a good book.

(Well, that’s what it used to mean. Now it means building castles with moats, jumping the waves with a two-year-old, and eating goldfish in the sand.)

But I won’t begrudge the rest of you who still are able to go to the beach and enjoy a book. I know I will have that again someday…in about 20 years. Read More »

Books Guilty Pleasures Parenting

Carry On Warrior: Book Review

Carry On Warrior

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When I added Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts On Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton to my Goodreads “To-Read” Bookshelf, a friend asked if I was a fan of Glennon’s blog. I was not; I had only heard of Carry On, Warrior from a blurb in a parenting magazine.

I didn’t know that author Melton also had a wildly-successful blog called Momastery, with close to 100,000 fans who follow her every post. (I tell you this to explain that I was not already a pre-established Melton fan before reading her book.) I certainly am now, though!

(Note: It appears that the Carry On Warrior has since been updated and now includes the subtitle “The Power of Embracing Your Messy and Beautiful Life.” Just in case you are looking for it and get confused!) Read More »

Books Guilty Pleasures Parenting Products Reviews

Mastering the Mommy Track

In my April Happiness Project post last week, I mentioned a book called Mastering the Mommy Track: Juggling Career and Kids in Uncertain Times by Erin Flynn Jay. It was in that book that I got the inspiration to focus on Marriage for the month of April. A chapter about keeping romance alive in a marriage suggested focusing on “the marriage trunk of the family tree.” This was just one of the many helpful ideas I took from Mastering the Mommy Track. Read More »

Guilty Pleasures Marriage Relationships TV

Too Much TV?

I realized over the weekend that Dancing With The Stars starts today. I got so excited, thinking about how great last season was with Shawn Johnson’s amazing dancing and the Kelly/Val are they or aren’t they relationship. But am I ready to dive into another 12-week season of four hours per week of episodes?? I just got finished with The Bachelor! I don’t know if I can handle that type of commitment again! Read More »

Guilty Pleasures Parenting Products Reviews Shopping

Unique New Baby Gift Ideas

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Looking for something different to bring a new mom and baby? Here are some unique new baby gift ideas.

Unique New Baby Gifts

I am always on the lookout for unique gifts, whether it be a birthday gift for my husband or a new baby gift.

Usually, I strike out and end up buying something tired and overdone. Lately, however, I have stumbled upon a few fun new baby gift ideas that I can’t wait to use! Read More »

Guilty Pleasures Me, Myself, & I Relationships Shopping

My Happiness Project: March

Happy First Day of March, everyone! Today marks a fresh start- a new set of happiness goals to work on for the month of March. I am feeling especially encouraged to start this new month because just yesterday, Gretchen Rubin (author of The Happiness Project and my inspiration for this project) actually responded to my email! I emailed her inquiring about doing a giveaway for her newest book, Happier at Home…never thinking in a million years that I would even hear back, let alone get a positive response from Gretchen herself! Read More »

Guilty Pleasures TV

DWTS Cast Revealed!

The new cast of Dancing With the Stars was revealed this morning on Good Morning America. No major A-list celebrities, just your usual fare of a few B-listers and mostly C-listers who you’ve never heard of:

Wynona Judd, country singer

D.L. Hughley, comedian/TV star

Jacoby Jones, Batltimore Ravens’ wide receiver

Lisa Vanderpump, reality star/restaurateur/all-around fun gal

Andy Dick, comedian/hot mess

Victor Ortiz, boxer

Zendaya Coleman, the obligatory Disney star

Aly Raisman, gymnast

Ingo RademacherGeneral Hospital stud

Kellie Pickler, country singer/former American Idol contestant

Dorothy Hamill, Olympic gold medal ice-skater

I will be rooting for Lisa Vanderpump & Ingo Rademacher!! Predictions: Andy Dick is the first eliminated. Aly Raisman, Kellie Pickler, and Victor Ortiz make it pretty far. The show premieres March 18th.

Books Guilty Pleasures

Can I Get an Amen? {Book Review}

Can I Get An Amen?

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I must confess: Can I Get an Amen? sat in my “to-read” pile of books for a good couple of months.

My friends Sarah and Dana raved about it, saying I had to read it. I often read books based on the recommendations of friends, so I was confident that this book would be just my cup of tea.

I even gave it out to family and friends as holiday gifts before I read it myself! Read More »

Guilty Pleasures TV TV Recaps

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

I’m not terribly excited about the Super Bowl this year, since neither my Giants nor my husband’s Eagles are involved. (Well, let’s face it…the Eagles are never involved.) Still, I have been trying to be “football festive” this weekend. Last night we watched Silver Linings Playbook, a movie heavy with football and Eagles references (good for my husband), and lots of Bradley Cooper (good for me). Read More »

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The BEST Super Bowl Snack EVER: Pepperoni Pizza Dip

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You won’t want to miss this recipe! Perfect for parties.

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Listen up, y’all.

There are a handful of recipes that I tend to make over and over again because they are true crowd-pleasers. But THIS one is beyond.

This is the type of dip that people remember years later. The kind of dip that prompts a random email from an old friend- Remember that dip you made with the pepperonis for New Year’s Eve five years ago? Can I get that recipe? Read More »

Books Guilty Pleasures

Us Weekly Fridays!

Us Weekly

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Fridays used to be “Us Weekly Day!”

That wonderful day when my Us Weekly showed up in my mailbox, hot off the press and filled with glossy pictures of my favorite celebs.

I would sit down on the couch and read it cover-to-cover, even if I wasn’t particularly interested in “What’s in My Bag?” featuring Christa B. Allen. I don’t even know who Christa B. Allen is, but I faithfully read the article anyway. Read More »