Outtakes, Easy DIY Photo Backdrops and Other Fun Stuff

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  We are giving preschool another shot this fall so I took Scarlette shopping for back to school clothes. Turns out that when faced with a wall of clearance pajamas, Scarlette will break free of your hand, run off screaming like a banshee and then SWAN DIVE into the racks while giggling hysterically. Honestly, I am not sure why I did not anticipate that scenario. It is possible that we may have done a couple of time outs in the middle of Carter's. And by that I mean one for her and one for me. Afterwards I did a little photoshoot of her in her new outfits and cracked up at these outtakes when I was editing them. I was wearing my … [Read more...]

Southern Summer Barefoot Blue Jean Night

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Almost every single day as we get dressed Scarlette asks me "Um, so can I just be baeuh foot today?"  Then she runs around barefoot in the yard until the sun sets and I have to push the wash cloth between her toes while she giggles and sings "EBERYBODY YE-AH WASH YOUR BODY YE-AH!" because her feet are filthy and because The Backstreet Boys make for perfect bathtime songs.  See here. This summer has been a little bit crazy. My husband has been working some intense shifts, swinging between days and nights, and have you ever tried to keep a three year old quiet so someone can sleep during the day? Actually, have you ever tried to keep … [Read more...]

This Genius Gas Tank Tip Totally Changed My Life

This Genius Gas Tank Trick Totally Changed My Life

Listen, I am one of those people that hesitates every single time I go to the gas station. I consistently have to stop and think about what side of the car my gas tank is on and sometimes I still get it wrong. This is ridiculous as I have owned the same car since I was seventeen years old. A few weeks ago my friend Natalie was in the car with me when I stopped for gas and I paused for a minute as I pulled up to the pumps. That's when Nat told me that the little arrow above your fuel gauge? IT TELLS YOU WHAT SIDE OF THE CAR YOUR GAS TANK IS ON. Did you know about this? I did not know this! I legit thought that it was pointing towards … [Read more...]

That Time I Accidentally Went To Graceland On Elvis’s Birthday & Got Kicked Off His Plane

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I seriously slacked on my goal to write down all of my stories for posterity last year and am rectifying that starting with this little gem. Once upon a time I was dating this guy who was a musician. Actually, come to think of it, most of the guys I dated were musicians, except this one guy who was a massage therapist. I highly recommend dating guys who are in massage therapy school and need to practice giving people back massages to pass their tests, by the way. Anyhow, this particular happened-to-be-a-musician guy and I had been dating for a few years, the sort of long term relationship that makes you think he likes it and he's gonna … [Read more...]

Wildly Writing And The Places My Words Fall

Celebrating Your Preemie’s Homecoming Day

Things are short and sweet around here lately as I am using up all my words to finish writing my first book. And all of the rest of my words to explain to my three year old why we do not take things out of our friend's hands and about how Lucy Dog does not want to pull a sleigh behind her and that yes, I know she is pretending Lucy Dog is Sven The Reindeer but we still can't try to force her to wear earmuffs even though they do make very good pretend antlers. But I also write for a few other places on the web and wanted to share a few pieces that I've written elsewhere lately: This month I wrote about Celebrating Your Preemie's … [Read more...]

Happy Independence Day!

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Yesterday I took this little spitfire out to breakfast and  as I juggled her on my hip she looked right at the cashier and said "I would wike some apple juice. I am a bery good singer. I can sing a Fwozen song for you." And then she broke out into song. Enthusiastically. She did, however, generate a rousing round of applause from the morning diners at Chick-fil-A. Later at the neighborhood pool, any time a new kid swam near her she would wave excitedly, yell "HEY! IT'S ME, SHCARWUT!" and then throw her floatie-adorned arms up in the air in an oversized Ta-da! And I kind of felt as though that  just absolutely sums up my child. Have a … [Read more...]

Everything But The Kitchen Sink: Wayfair Daily Sales

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Recently I was asked to be a contributor to the Idea Lounge at Wayfair, which I was pretty excited about because we are still living mid-renovation around here so I am not lacking for home improvement projects to share. Plus, I just really like Wayfair because it's kind of one-stop shopping for all things home decor. As a bonus, I was given $100 to shop their Daily Sales section, which is sort of like the flash sale portion of their site. They launch every day at noon EST and are up to 70% off. You know I like a good sale and they offer it across multiple categories, so it looks something like this: I stalked the sales for a few days … [Read more...]

Skin Testing & Scarlette Shenanigans

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After having to push it back because Scarlette was sick, we had her skin testing done this week and as it turns out, she tested negative for everything! The allergist told us that he thinks Scarlette is the sort of kid who gets severe hives within a few days after or prior to having a very high fever. And that it looked like an allergic reaction to her pediatrician because of her breathing/blood pressure being on the cusp but was really an indicator of how sick she was going to get a few days later. Does this happen to anyone else? This was all great news for us because in addition to not being allergic to the foods she ate that day, she … [Read more...]

Red, White & Blue Marshmallow Pops

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We are planning to spend the Fourth of July celebrating with friends and I needed something to bring to the party besides my spark-ling personality and firecracker wit. (See what I did there?) And the thing is, I'm better known in our circle for dessert dishes than actual meals. After that one time I confused "Cloves" and "Garlic Cloves" when making the Christmas ham I basically never get asked to bring any sort of entree to get-togethers. Or side. Or appetizer. I have no idea why this is. I mean, sure the ham kind of reeked and maybe garlic and cinnamon isn't the most palatable combination but as long as you quickly followed it up with … [Read more...]