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June Book Review: You Are A Badass

nerky book club Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 6/28/19

Friends, I remember why I picked up this book so many moons ago. It was the first self help book I read because the rest of them made me roll my eyes so hard they damn near got stuck. I could relate to this woman who went from broke skeptic to badass millionaire on her own terms. If she could do it, why couldn’t I? The first time I read this book, I was in a job I loved, but was overworked, working long hours and still disappointing people because I was...

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Dogs and Dead Husbands

pets widow Oct 15, 2019

Originally Posted on 7/22/19

Y’all, we adopted the most adorable bundle of happiness and floof at the end of last week. My son has wanted his own dog for AGES. Honestly, I wasn’t down for being responsible for another living thing, gnomesayin’? So I did what any excellent parent would do, I came up with a way to delay the inevitable for as long as possible.

Enter, The Dog Chart.

My son had to take responsibility for all of our pets until I decided he was responsible enough...

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Bright and Cheery Patio Reveal

home decor Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 7/15/19

Y’all, I’m so excited about this. Redecorating, cleaning and organizing has been giving me life since Jason passed. My house is becoming more me and less us, while still honoring his memory with little touches of him everywhere. You can see my living room glow up here.

I spend SO much time outside, especially in the summer time, that my patio just needed an upgrade. Wait, how do you upgrade when there was no furniture to begin with? Basically...

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Mr. Furball's Great Adventure

life momming pets Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 7/11/19

I have a treat of a story for you today, about the time my son’s hamster Shawshanked out of his cage and had free reign over our house for 2-6 days and somehow managed to go undiscovered (read: uneaten) by any of the other much larger animals that live here.

My son has a fluffy long-haired hamster, appropriately named Mr. Furball, or Furbies for short. He lives in a hamster mansion – it has 3 levels, 2 wheels, 2 huts for him to sleep in, tubes going...

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Patio Weather Means Patio Inspo

home decor Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 7/2/19

Friends, I’m doing something new today. Try all the things, ya know? I’ve been RILL excited about getting new patio furniture. I’ve worked so hard to get my backyard lookin’ foiiiiine, that now I need somewhere to park it so I can enjoy looking at my hard work. Problem is, I have zero patio furniture. Between all the chaos of kids, broken pairs of goggles, deflated pool floats and half used sunscreen bottles, I just never got around to...

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Road Trippin' in Texas - Hacks and Fun Stops

travel Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 7/8/19

Friends. Last week I went on a Texas road trip with my son, and it was the best vacation I’ve been on in a long time, and y’all, I went to Mexico kid-free this year so that’s really saying something.

We basically did a tour of Texas water parks with other stuff sprinkled in, and I didn’t hate it. I have a couple of rad playlists that we played on repeat, and he played on his Nintendo in the car. At one point between Waco and Austin, he...

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Running Faves

fitness injury Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 8/6/19

Earlier I talked about all of my knee injuries and how it affected my running. Today I want to talk about my favorite things for running with a weak knee. If you missed the post, I have torn my ACL and meniscus 3 times and had 3 surgeries on the same knee within 4 years. My last surgery was almost 3 years ago now, and I’m just now to the point where I can get back into running.

My son and I are doing Couch to 5k together, which is a training plan...

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It's Been a Year

widow Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 6/4/19

June 4. A year. The magical point after a loved one dies when suddenly everything is okay and back to normal again.

Ha, okay. Sure.

As I type this (on June 3), I’m remembering what we were doing at this time a year ago and how much I’ve changed in the last 365 days.

9:27am we were leaving our hotel in Kentucky to go to the airport.

12:14pm we were in the air and took our last selfie ever together.

2:35pm we were in the car headed home from the Dallas...

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Nerky Book Club: September 2019

nerky book club Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 9/3/19

A late review of Daring Greatly. School started and I lost track of time with reading. Please forgive my lapse in the Nerky Book Club – we’re still going strong and we’re understanding when life happens and our reading list suffers! High fives and comforting nods all around!

Friends, I really, really, really wanted to love this book as much as I loved You Are A Badass, because I loved Brené Brown’s Netflix special and TED...

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Nerky Book Club: October 2019

nerky book club Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 10/2/19

Y’all. This book was SO INFORMATIVE. You can get a copy here if you missed it or didn’t want to read it before I gave my glowing testimony. I know it was a risky book choice for book club, but I’m here for it.

Oh man. Where to start. First, I think it’s obvious that our mood, ability to think and brain clarity are connected to the food we eat. I’ve experienced it for sure – fast food makes me grumpy. Point blank....

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