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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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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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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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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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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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Meal Kit Review

food Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 5/31/19

I wasn’t raised in a house where we cooked from scratch a lot, so I didn’t learn how to cook as a kid, I learned how to microwave. As I got older I did some trial and error and learned some recipes, but I always felt like I missed the basics class. Where is my Cooking 101? It wasn’t until I met Jason that I really learned how to cook. He made the best salmon I’ve ever had and taught me how to roast a chicken, make meatloaf (without...

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A Book Club, But Like, A Cool One

nerky book club Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 5/30/19

Hi, friends! I have a fun announcement today - we’re going to start a new club over here, and everybody is welcome. I’m announcing…*drumroll*… The Nerky Berk Clerb (*fireworks, oohhh aahhh*), or, yanno, The Nerky Book Club to normal people. We’re going to read a book together each month, announced the last week of the month prior – or earlier if you’re on my email list! I tend to read a lot of non-fiction books in the...

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Mental Strength

widow Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 5/23/19

Friends, it’s mental health month. It’s also the 12th month after my husfriend suddenly died, meaning we’re almost full circle at a year past the moment my life changed forever. You could say I’ve had my fair share of mental breakdowns, road blocks and difficulties this year. It’s really the first time in my life I’ve experienced the true depths of mental darkness, and I want to share what I’ve done over the past few...

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May the Fourth Be With You

art widow Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 5/5/19

May the fourth be with you. Star Wars Day. Y’all, Jason was a yuuuuuuuge Star Wars fan. A giant nerdy kid in a man’s body. I love Star Wars too, but he loved it more. He was the Han to my Leia, the Empire to my Rebel. That’s why this day was the day I knew I wanted to get my tattoo.

We were dating and living in separate houses when The Force Awakens came out. I remember the online system to buy tickets at Alamo Drafthouse went down the day...

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Add a Little BFF to Your Elevator Speech

life Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 4/30/19

Going to a conference for the first time, alone, sounds like an introvert’s NIGHTMARE. Does it not? That’s why I’m so glad my friend Brandi went with me to the Mom 2.0 Summit this past week. I’m what you might call an extroverted introvert. I’m only extroverted once I warm up to someone, otherwise I’m quiet, shy and I get anxious around a lot of people. Then I need some alone time to decompress when it’s over.

In fact,...

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