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Alison loved the color blue. She loved irises, her cat Tigger, writing, music, acting, dancing, Sylvia Plath, order and neatness. She loved soothing candles and homemade soup that she’d make with specific friends in mind to show them she cared. She tucked in her shirts. She wrote thank you notes on thick stationery. She tied […]

Join Auntie Anne’s in the Mighty Fight Against Childhood Cancer

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I want all of you to meet Patrick. This sweet baby began his fight against cancer during his first year of life. As he approached his first birthday, his mother noticed a lump in Patrick’s belly. He was later diagnosed with Wilms’ Tumor, a rare form of cancer that strikes the youngest among us. I […]

Did You Off-Ramp or Take the Access Road


(This post was originally published 5/5/2011.) The first time I visited my husband’s home state of Texas, I was baffled by the roads running parallel to every major highway.  Imagine building two of the exact same road right next to each other, one with six lanes, one with two, one moving quickly, one not as […]

The Myth of the All-or-Nothing Mom

(This post was originally published 4/19/2010) “…I try to draw the line but it ends up running down the middle of me most of the time.” – Ani DiFranco I grew up in a family that gave very little thought to how other people lived. Certainly we sat around summer picnics and shared all the […]

You’re Not a Bad Parent – The Marshmallow Hypothesis

This post was originally published 9/12/2009. Last week my dad handed me an interesting article he was reading about children and self-discipline. The basis of the article was new research showing that children can be taught self-discipline (is ‘taught self-discipline’ oxymoronic to anyone but me?). While I agree that parents can work with children to […]

Cookie Crumble Ice Cream Sundaes with HERSHEY’S Syrup

Cookie Crumble Ice Cream Sundae

This post is part of a sponsored blog campaign. All opinions are my own. There is perhaps no dessert more quintessentially summer than the ice cream sundae, and no sundae is complete without the smooth, satisfying taste of Hershey’s Syrup. With the final days of summer upon us, my family decided to treat ourselves with […]

Four Guys, a Girl, and a Hotel Room in Vegas…


This post was originally published October 24, 2010. And you won’t believe where we’re going… A year ago I reviewed a book calledSpilt Milk, and while I enjoyed the entire book, there was one passage in particular that never left my heart.  Author Linda Vujnov writes: “‘All men are idiots, and I married the king […]

Shoes That Fit with Rack Room Shoes

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This post is part of a sponsored campaign on behalf of Rack Room Shoes.  We’ve had a bit of shoe drama in our house over the last few months. Back in March we rescued a puppy from a foster home and quickly learned that her one vice is stealing shoes. Winnie doesn’t discriminate in her […]