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Me Too

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My story of a sexual harassment incident when I was in my teens…

Yesterday actress Alyssa Milano asked any woman who has been sexually harassed or abused to write “Me too” as her status.

From Twitter to Facebook to Instagram, I’ve seen hundreds of people (in my timeline alone) that have raised their hands to say “Yes, I was harassed, too.”


Well, here is my story.

I wasn’t raped. I wasn’t fondled.  Read More »

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Drinking & Tweeting

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Note to self– don’t engage in a Twitter feud while drinking wine.

Sometimes right before I go to bed I will email myself listing the things I’m either worrying about or don’t want to forget for tomorrow.

Last night I was up late watching the Yankees BEAT THE INDIANS AND MOVE ON TO THE ALCS (!!!) and I wrote myself the following email: Read More »

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How to Throw an Awesomely Spooky Halloween Party

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Fun ideas to throw an awesomely spooky Halloween party!

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start planning a fun little soirée for the kids!

My neighborhood likes to have a spooky get-together for the children each year.

Here are some ideas I’ve come up with to throw an awesomely spooky Halloween party! Read More »

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Feeling Inspired

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I’m feeling inspired on this lovely Saturday morning!

Good morning everyone!

I am feeling inspired on this Saturday morning, and in a week that has been filled with so much despair, I thought I’d better get all my thoughts down before they go away.

It certainly is not a convenient time for me to be feeling inspired to write a blog post RIGHT NOW, at 7:21 A.M. on a weekend morning.

Various children of mine woke me up at various points of the night, so I’m tired. (But aren’t we always tired?) Read More »

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Post-Sobriety Diaries {An Update}

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An update on my life since I finished 30 days of being sober…

If you followed along with The Sobriety Diaries, maybe you’re feeling like you’re in withdrawal (alcohol joke– ha!).

I haven’t written about drinking in over a week, so here goes…

My thirty days without alcohol ended and I resumed my drinking life.  Read More »

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It Gets Better

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The teen years can be tough, but it gets better.

Yesterday I ran the We’re All Human 5K Color Run.

It was my first color run. For those who are unfamiliar with it, a color run is a race in which the runners/walkers get sprayed with color during the course.

So you end up with a colorful t-shirt, body, and hair plus some color dust in your eyes and mouth. Read More »

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13 Candy Alternatives for Trick-or-Treaters

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Here are 13 candy alternatives for trick-or-treaters this Halloween!

Tired of contributing to the massive sugar overload the neighborhood kids will get this Halloween? 

Be different this year and hand out non-candy treats instead!

Also, it’s a great way to include children with allergies in the trick-or-treating fun. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 30}

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I made it…sort of!

Well, the day has arrived. Day 30.

Even though I cheated at the Sam Hunt concert and had a teeny tiny bit of beer, I still feel proud.

This past week was definitely challenging. Read More »

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13 Nights of Halloween Movie Schedule {2017}

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Don’t miss any of Freeform’s “13 Nights of Halloween” lineup! Print out your schedule here. 

13 days of halloween movies schedule
It’s kind of hard to get into the fall spirit when we are still having 80 degree days here in Virginia, but I’m trying!

2/3 of my kids have their Halloween costumes already picked out and we have our fall decorations up. 

So we are ready for Halloween and the season of scary movies!

Thanks to Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family), you won’t miss any of your favorites! And if you do miss one, don’t fret– most of these are available for purchase on Amazon for CHEAP. Like less than $5 cheap!

Get the full schedule for Freeform’s 13 Nights of Halloween programming, starting October 19th, here.

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 29}

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My husband was away all week and it sucked.

One of the hardest things about this final week of The Sobriety Diaries is the fact that my husband was away on business.

To make matters worse, he was in London. Where they had a terrorist attack a week ago.

Let’s just say I was a bundle of nerves. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 28}

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I know why people turn to alcohol in times of grief.

On Sunday I got the news that an ex-boyfriend of mine had passed away.

As friends and family reached out to me upon hearing about his death, I repeated each time that “I’m fine.”

Which I really felt I was– just fine. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 27}

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Unrelated: I need help with a parenting issue.

HELP!

This is unrelated to drinking and sobriety, although I guess technically, it’s an issue in my life that’s causing me stress, so maybe it IS related.

Whatever– I need help.

I can’t seem to get my six-year-old out the door in the mornings without a battle. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 24}

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Trying to figure out what to do for the Sam Hunt concert tomorrow…

The day before the Sam Hunt concert had me thinking a lot about what my plan would be.

Should I drink?

Should I not drink? Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 23}

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If you decided to cut back on drinking, would you have a support system?

Thursday is always the unofficial start to the weekend in my house.

It feels like you’ve almost made it through the week, plus my husband has off every other Friday from work.

Even during the times when I don’t drink during the week and only do it on the weekends, that means I can drink on Thursdays. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 22}

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In Chapter 5 of “Almost Alcoholic,” things start to get real.

Today is Wednesday.

I’m still slowly making my way through Almost Alcoholic.

I really like this book because it acknowledges the fact that you can be a person who is going through a “problem drinking period” without it meaning you are an alcoholic. Read More »

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Fall Must-Haves

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Treat yourself with these ten fall must-haves!

The fall weather has arrived and with it comes pumpkins, apple-picking, fall clothes, and not shaving your legs.

Woohoo!

Now go get yourself a Pumpkin Spice Latte (if you’re into that sorta thing) and check out my list of Fall Must-Haves for this year…. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 21}

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I’ve been a little short-tempered lately.

I’ve been writing and talking a lot about the stress of the 5:00 dinner hour at my house.

If I had thought that being sober would be a magical solution to making me yell less and be a better mom, I now know that I was wrong.

It is Day 21 and I’m still struggling at the end of the day, still yelling, still feeling like I have zero patience. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 20}

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Lisa was my virtual drinking buddy until we both decided to stop.

I met my friend Lisa through blogging several years ago, but I can’t pinpoint when or why we started chatting daily on Facebook messenger.

Eventually, we started talking about drinking.

We shared a love of wine, yet a hatred of how it wrecked our sleep and made us feel like crap the next day. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 19}

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Ahh, the start of football season…

 

So many things are deeply entwined with alcohol in my brain.

Brunches. (Mimosas!)

Concerts. (Tailgating!) Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 18}

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Drinking is a way of life here.

Day 18 was Saturday. 

I got up and ran SEVEN MILES by myself, which is more than I have run in close to two years.

I felt so good during the run, too. Read More »