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it’s a heart-shaped world

i feel like such a season pusher here. it isn’t even February yet and i’m already posting about Valentine’s Day. personally, i think Valentine’s Day is a commercialized load of well crap fraught with unrealistic expectations and inevitable disappointments (thanks Hollywood and Madison Avenue). that said, there are so many completely cute things to make (and eat)! with […]

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everyone, meet Lily!

okay, so i know those of you following along are like whoa. wait a minute? who’s this Lily? where. is. Pennies??? excellent question, y’all. in just the way that sometimes, you don’t choose a dog — the dog chooses you — sometimes, you don’t get to choose the name either. even if you’re four and […]

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finding Pennies

for several months now, we’ve been telling Miss Girl we would get a new dog. ever since dear Maury went to the great puppy pasture in the sky a couple years ago, our home has felt like something’s missing. something about the combination of 2 dogs and a cat just always felt perfect. and an […]

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no rest for the weary, y’all.

i know i’m cursing a lot lately. i think i’m just getting more comfortable here and worrying less what my mom and Spy think. not that they don’t know how i speak in real life OR ever even read this. that said, about this post. i am a big, big lister. i always make to-do […]

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France: le countdown 1

(photo: indiegogo.com) did i tell y’all that i have the best husband in the world? i may have mentioned a couple times in the past month (or at least once) that we are going to Paris. my wonderful birthday present a few weeks ago was that he officially booked the trip that we’ve been talking […]

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orange you glad it’s Saturday?

sorry. i couldn’t resist. every year for the holidays, my dad sends us a crate of citrus from Florida. various kinds of oranges, gorgeous red grapefruits, tangerines . . . you name it. finally a couple years ago, i bought a juicer because, i mean, a person can only eat so many oranges, right? best. […]

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2015: goals are the new resolutions

(photo: pixgood.com) spoiler alert: this is not about actually running and has nothing to do with a Dixie Chicks song. or kittens. sorry. yesterday morning, i hunkered down for the very important work of reading my new month/new year horoscopes. this takes some dedication, y’all. and about 3 large cups of coffee, apparently. it’s a […]

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Friday, y’all: pantry livin’

omg. why has this week seemed like it was 1,000 years long? perhaps too many late nights with too much holiday cheer. perhaps too much expectation and excitement for next week. perhaps a (still!) too long to do list and too little time, despite my best-laid plans. whatever the reason, the fact remains that i […]

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who’s in charge here?

Donny, obvs. yep. he’s our Elf on the Shelf. first year we’ve ever done this. i can’t report perfect behavior, but it sure the heck is nice to have someone else to reference for discipline. for a month. #goodparenting i’ve also had a ton of fun with him. here are a few of his adventures. […]

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the Christmas party

i cannot even believe it is only 10 days ’til Christmas, y’all! i thought i had everything under control. now i’m not so sure. but aside from that minor detail of oh, you know, presents, i have hit all my major milestones, including the infamous Woodward Holiday Open House. this party is so legendary, i […]

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a birthday wish

today, i’m celebrating my 43rd birthday. that’s right 43. not 29 for the 15th year running. and i do mean celebrating. this year, i’m owning it — however little or much that stupid number means, it’s my official number this year and i plan to be proud of it. i’ve worked hard to get here […]

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gingerbread friends

lord. Miss Girl talked me into buying this gingerbread cookie kit at Michael’s last weekend. i knew it was bad news,  but i did it anyway. obvs. because i’m the best/worst mom in the world. it came with 8 pre-baked cookies, 2 colors of fondant, a mess of white icing and decorative candies. okay, let’s […]

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pumpkin patchin’

duh, y’all. my burgeouning (not to be confused with bourboning) career as a mommy/lifestyle/writing blogger would not be complete without the obligatory October apple picking post (check!), pumpkin picking post (read on — check!) and pumpkin spiced something warm and cozy recipe (fuck. that. shit.) though i do have to admit, i tried and failed […]

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Friday favorites

so happy to have Spy home for a few days and revert to at least some degree of normalcy here for a bit before he’s off traveling the world again. that is my very favorite thing this Friday! the plan is to lay low this weekend and do stuff around the house, including a little Halloween decorating. […]

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Blogtober14: my funniest childhood memory

a’ight, y’all. in all seriousness. the funniest thing about this post is how absolutely freakin’ absurd it is. could anybody please just give this old lady a break here? i can barely remember what i ate for dinner tonight, much less shit that happened literally decades ago. i mean . . . i am lucky […]

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