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Save $30.00 By Giving Yourself an Outdoor Mani/Pedi!

The way I look at it, giving yourself a home mani-pedi will save you about $30.00! (I’m a good tipper, so for me a visit to the nail salon can cost even more.) If you pick up a nice glow from the sun, you’re saving $20.00 for a tanning or spray tanning session. If your child can be entertained outside by bubbles and lawn toys, you’ve just pocketed another $20.00 for child care! No need to pay a nanny or babysitter while you go and get your nails did… you can just hang out with your child while you both get some quality time outdoors.* It’s a win-win situation. The total money saved according to my calculations is $70.00!Continue Reading

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Saturday in the Park

I think the nicest part was having a few hours to chill with Greg. He’s been so busy lately with work, he didn’t even take Easter Sunday off. We took turns bouncing our youngest on all the playground equipment and pushing him on the swing. I think the kids were a little amazed that Dad was spending leisure time with all of us. For a while, Greg lounged in the grass and caught some rays on his muscular calves. It was a nice thing to see.Continue Reading

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Time to Just Be

Back to my happy place. My sister is a magical creature (a diva in the vocal sense, not the self-involved sense) who regularly charms the karaoke room and has actually sang with a band on more than one occasion. If she lived in the town where she’d sang with the band, she’d probably be their regular vocalist. I can carry a tune, and my voice is decent, I guess, but I’ve always had a problem with projecting/ being heard when there are other singers/ musicians in the room. But our plan is me doing the guitar & backup vocals and her singing lead. She thinks we’ll be famous- I don’t care. I’m in it for love of music and for fun. Oh yes. One more thing. I only know how to play one song. I never expected it, but my sister Melody is my #1 fan.Continue Reading

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Toddler Fan Song

Here is a video of Gryphy singing “Who Let the Dogs Out” into the fan.Continue Reading

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A Simple Salad and Some Smoothies

Last night I made a salad in a big bowl for the whole family, with organic baby greens and green curly leaf lettuce, carrots, cauliflower, tomatoes, a little cilantro, garbanzo beans, pan-toasted walnuts, australian boxing cheese (sweet, nutty and a little fruity), parmesan cheese, topped with ranch dressing (we wanted simple and quick so weContinue Reading

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The Struggle for Creativity

I want the best of both worlds. I want the opportunity to be seriously creative, and focused on my creative projects with no distractions, interruptions or interference. At the same time, I want to give my children the chance to exercise their own creativity and imaginations without feeling stifled. I don’t want my own creative projects to become a negative experience for them (i.e., me yelling at them to ‘Stop touching that!’ and/or ‘Go Entertain Yourself and Leave Mommy alone!’)Continue Reading

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Here Comes the Bird!

I am thankful for my kids and my great husband. I am grateful that we have a way of providing for ourselves and our family that we actually enjoy. I am glad that we are all healthy and that we get to exist in a generally peaceful environment. I am thankful for the family and friends who have stayed with us (and many times helped us) through good times and bad.Continue Reading

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Is Half-Assed Sometimes Better?

That is the thing with OCD. If you don’t do what it is telling you to do in the moment, you feel as though you might die or go crazy. But once you remind yourself, ‘Hey Self, you’re being a little obsessive-compulsive about this dumb thing and it’s costing you too much of your precious time & energy,’ it’s easier to let go of the little stickywicket and move on.Continue Reading

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