The Best Christmas Gifts

We’re another week closer to Christmas, people! How’s the holiday shopping going? Last week, I shared the ten worst Christmas gifts (in my opinion) and it caused a lot of discussion among friends of mine who are now disappointed that they can no longer gift me scented candles with reckless abandon. There is another side [ keep reading ]

When one door closes, another restaurant opens

restaurant, closed sign

Noralli’s is gone. Not Noralli’s Pizza, but Noralli’s Pizza and Subs, which took over the space when Noralli’s Pizza closed. The restaurant occupied a tiny storefront on the lonely east end of a dying shopping plaza. Once there was a thriving grocery store right in the center of this plaza, and I was quite disappointed [ keep reading ]

So You Love Winter? You’re Lying to Yourself


This year, I made a resolution to be more optimistic. 2019 has been the year of positivity for me. Over the years, my default pessimistic outlook on life has taken a toll on my mental health. I owe it to myself and my family to show up every day as the best version of myself, [ keep reading ]

Celebrity fun facts to lighten your day

Hollywood, sign in hills

Are you feeling it? There’s an atmosphere of mixed anticipation-slash-anxiety as the official 2019 holiday season swiftly approaches for kick-off. If you need a break from planning your Thanksgiving menu or guest list, I’ve compiled a short list of celebrity fun facts to lighten the load. I have a dear friend from high school who [ keep reading ]

Whippet Good: The Best Kept Secret in the Dog World


I’m here to make a confession. I was never a dog person. In fact, I had an acute disdain for canines. To me, dogs were an infinite chore. They were smelly, messy, and didn’t belong in the house. I swore I’d never own a dog. Before you label me a monster, let me assure you [ keep reading ]

Pet peeves: Store clerks are driving me nuts

pet peeves, grocery store

Before I get one step closer to the rest of this post, I wish to add a disclaimer. The pet peeves I’m about to discuss have nothing to do with my local grocery store. I love the clerks there and my kids and I look forward to seeing them. Now that that’s taken care of, [ keep reading ]

Letting God choose family size: I don’t regret it

letting God choose family size, family walking

You never know what you’ll wind up talking about as you wait for cross country runners to come out of the woods and sprint toward the finish line. I’ve been attending meets for nearly 10 years now, and the topics of conversation some parents choose catch me off-guard. For instance, I never expected that another [ keep reading ]

No One Is Putting Drugs in Halloween Candy

It’s Halloween time, and all across the country kids are shining flashlights under their faces, creating eerie shadows across their features.They’re telling their friends about how 40 years ago, a couple of high school students died under mysterious circumstances. Or the story about their ghosts roaming the streets, snatching up souls as they seek revenge [ keep reading ]

Road trip games to keep kids unplugged in the car

road trip games, cows in field

When my husband and I were young, we delighted in taking Sunday drives with our kids. Such excursions often included impromptu stops by a creek or a playground, or car lots to look at trucks. ::makes snarky face but loves her husband:: Nowadays, there’s a lot more traffic on the road. Speed limits are 70 [ keep reading ]

Worst Halloween Candy: Is there such a thing?

worst halloween candy, many bins of candy

Apparently there is such a thing as a worst Halloween candy. This is the candy a Trick-or-treater will throw away or trade first. Each year, different organizations take polls and surveys to come up with the top ten best and worst candies, supposedly in an effort to help parents when they go out shopping for [ keep reading ]

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