not everyone gets the school supply high

Great Clips #GREATLIST

Around this time of year (ahem, back-to-school time), I start to wonder if I just became a teacher so I can have an excuse to spend every July buying tons of school supplies (ooh, new pens!) and days shopping for school clothes. Like my old ones wore out or I out grew them like a child. Or like a … [Read More...]

kimono maxi dress

I guess we’re never really ready…

Today is my last day of summer break. I would like to call for a moment of silence.   Thank you. (maxi dress: Kohls, kimono: Marshalls [similar in red], necklace: … [Read More...]

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

weekend read: I’ll Be There…

This one is going to get the middle school girls all a-flutter. Whew. I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan is star-crossed lovers and magical and funny and wonderful. The story … [Read More...]

a beautiful story button

a beautiful story…

This post was first published in October 2012 but is getting new life thanks to reFresh Friday. This weekend we visited Riley Days, an annual festival celebrating poet James … [Read More...]

chevron maxi skirt

I finally gave in and signed up for Stitch Fix…

Sometimes I can do it all. Actually, I think I can do it all. In reality, I'm not. And I'm doing most of the things poorly, on top of not doing it all. So I've been trying to … [Read More...]

A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White

weekend read: A Soft Place to Land…

I can't remember where I got this book, at a garage sale or Goodwill or something. And because I have tendencies to stockpile books like the Nazis are coming, I also tend to forget … [Read More...]

banana bread recipe

almost-famous banana bread…

This post was first published in July 2011 but is getting new life thanks to reFresh Friday. I don't bake much. But the things I do bake, I happen to be an expert at. Not to … [Read More...]

creme de la cream kohls shirt

peanut butter & jelly is my very best…

Sometimes my best is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner. It's been a long day and, yes, you can have three servings of string cheese with that sandwich. You'll poop … [Read More...]

Purina One Difference dog food challenge

when Blue rescued our family…

This shop is a part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and Purina One, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #ONEdifference … [Read More...]

Paper Towns by John Green

weekend read: Paper Towns…

I know this is the summer of John Green and The Fault in Our Stars, but since I've been there and done that years ago (I wrote about it here in February 2012), I've been slowly … [Read More...]

grandpa's grave

my memories of these two men…

Last week I lost my good friend Joe and then, less than forty-eight hours later, my grandfather died. To say that the past seven days have been rough would be an understatement. … [Read More...]