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Yep, I'm another wife/mommy blogger who feels the need to share with the cyber world the scoop on my fascinating life. I'm quirky and cynical. You have been warned.

Sorry I’m Still PregnantJul 21st

Guys, I’m getting into that late pregnancy funk. The kind where all you can think about is getting the baby out and nothing else matters. Every twinge, every spasm makes me pull out my phone and check the clock. So annoying, because there are lots of twinges and spasms. Also, I feel as if I’m […]

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Nursery Sneak Peek!Jul 14th

  This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Playtex, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RefreshYourNursery  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Today I’d like to share some of the fruits of my nesting labor. No, no real labor going on over here. I haven’t peed my pants again, […]

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When Going Camping Makes You Want A DivorceJul 10th

**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wyndham Vacation Rentals. When you grow up in a household with six children you end up with a decent assortment of stories to tell. For instance, I could tell you about the time my younger brother’s finger fell off and my mom had to hold it […]

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Raising Compassionate KidsJul 08th

A few months back, I had one of those “aha” moments with God where a concept suddenly became real and imperative for me to understand. I don’t have these moments that often. I’d like to blame pregnancy, but the truth is I often am not quiet enough to hear myself think, let alone let God […]

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Five Fun Reads for Your WeekendJul 03rd

Well, the infamous 4th is almost upon us. I should be excited for the food. I should be excited for all the drunk-people watching. And I should be excited for the fireworks. Instead, I really just want to either go into labor (first choice) or settle in with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and […]

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My Extraordinary KidJun 30th

I took my five-year-old daughter into Claire’s the other day. It was her first time. If you don’t know what Claire’s is, it’s basically accessory heaven for girly-girls. I remember discovering it when I was about twelve years-0ld and life was never the same after. I knew Coco would be impressed, but I had no […]

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Did My Water Break, Or Did I Pee?Jun 27th

While I might be in the last stretch of my third pregnancy, I’ve decided I’m still a total nube. Pregnancy is just NOT one of those things that gets better or easier with practice. I’ve gone into labor and delivery twice already. Once for suspicious bleeding that turned out to be the result of a […]

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17 Things You Have To Do To Be A Good LeaderJun 25th

This past weekend I had the privilege of going with my church on a women’s retreat. It was unlike any women’s retreat I’ve ever attended. I knew it would be good, and that’s why I dragged my large, extremely-pregnant-self up to the mountains for three days. On the way up the mountain, my feet crossed […]

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Beach Day With Taste of NatureJun 20th

Living near the beach has many perks. But my favorite one, besides the weather, is that people want to come and visit us. We also live close to a major airport and this too brings folks our way. Nevertheless, the beach remains a natural source of attraction and this summer we plan to manipulate the heck out […]

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Nesting: the third time aroundJun 17th

Well, I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy. Almost five weeks left, and guess what? I’m not ready for this baby. I mean, I’m totally ready to meet and hold my little dude. And I’m definitely ready to be done being pregnant. However, the other day I realized just how unprepared I am to have […]

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Why Kids Need PoetryJun 16th

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I make it no secret that I’m a straight-up English nerd. Reading is near and dear to my heart. And yes, in case you’ve wondered about my children’s “weird” names–Cosette and Chaucer, it’s because I adore literature. I first discovered I liked poetry when I was in 6th grade. I was at my mom’s friend’s […]

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The Dad Who Keeps Me LaughingJun 13th

For the last twelve years, the guy I married has kept me laughing. I met him in high school, and it was his sense of humor that first attracted me. I think I was laughing with (and at) him long before I was ever really interested in a romantic sense. We had several classes together, […]

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Let’s Talk About Mom JeansJun 12th

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Today I want to talk about a fashion trend that is popping up like the measles in Los Angeles. And if its happening here, that means it will happen everywhere else, given enough time. The Mom Jeans Trend. I live in the city of beautiful people. Like, scary beautiful people. Lots of youth and talent […]

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Why Pregnant Ladies Should Go To The BeachJun 09th

I’m pretty much over this whole being pregnant gig. My body has reached what I believe are its limits in weight, girth, and hormone capacity. I’d like to have it back to myself now, thank you very much. And yet, I must press on. Onward and outward until my baby boy is ready to pop […]

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Raising Siblings As FriendsJun 05th

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Greetings from the other side, my friends. And by other side, I mean the almost dead side. Jiminey Christmas I had a horrible flu! I think I’m done with it, but I still have this cough that sounds like a cross between old school consumption and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. It’s violent, I tell […]

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Shopping For Nursing BrasMay 27th

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If you read yesterday’s post you’ll know that some horrible flu has come upon my household. It is with great sadness that I report that I, too, have fallen victim to its evil ways. FORTUNATELY, my kids don’t have it. Yet. My blessed mother-in-law has had them for two days now so that Matt and […]

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Wedding Vows for Real LifeMay 27th

My little sister got married this weekend. The day was hot, the bride was beautiful, and I managed to pull off my pregnant-bridesmaid dress. My husband was gone all last week, so I’ve been looking forward to THIS week for awhile. After an exhausting weekend of weddingness, I was glad to come home and let […]

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Help A Story Teller Change The WorldMay 21st

Hey guys! I want to introduce a sweet friend today who could use our help. This is Becka and her brand new husband, Zach. Aren’t they adorable? Becka is a high school teacher English teacher, but her passion and heart is for Africa. Specifically, Rwanda. She feels so strongly for Rwanda that she got Africa […]

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5 Ways To Style Bandanas For Little GirlsMay 20th

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Hey all! I was at a women’s retreat with my sweet friend Amber a few weekends ago and they gave each cabin a piece of “flair.” Don’t worry, no Office Space flair. Really it was just a square cloth–a bandana, if you will, that we had to wear to represent our cabin. Most of us […]

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