Archive for November, 2012


Friends as babysitters

I have fond memories of the days when I was invited to a birthday happy hour or a holiday party and my biggest concern was what to wear. Now, my first thought is, “who can watch the kids?” I think it’s important for parents to have time alone and for kids to learn to adapt […]

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Little things I’m thankful for, day 7: my family

The past six days of “little things I’m thankful for” posts have been about things that somehow make my life easier. Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I thought I’d write about the people I am most thankful for (and the reason I started this blog in the first place): my family. I am thankful that I married Chase. He is […]

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Little things I’m thankful for, day 6: iPads

I swore when I had kids, I would not use the TV as a babysitter. I’ve stuck to that promise, since although you can watch shows on it, an iPad is not a TV! iPads are pricey, but if you add up the 30 minutes my kids use them each morning while we get ready, it […]

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Little things I’m thankful for, day 5: quality child care

I did not plan on including child care in my “little things I’m thankful for,” but today when Clay couldn’t wait to go to school, it seemed fitting. Child care does not save me money or time, but it does save my sanity knowing that my kids are in a happy and safe environment when […]

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Little things I’m thankful for, day 4: BB cream

When I was rushing to get ready for our family holiday photos today, I confirmed what I would be writing about for day 4 of the little things I’m thankful for: BB cream. A little over a year ago, I read about a new makeup product, BB cream. BB cream became popular in Asia years […]

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Little things I’m thankful for, day 3: Amazon Prime

Onto day three…I remember when I was in college, Amazon.com was merely an online bookstore. I loved the smell of a bookstore and liked to flip through books (still do), so I saw no need for this service. Times have changed and so has Amazon. Amazon is not just a bookstore anymore. It’s the world’s largest online retailer, […]

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Little things I’m thankful for, day 2: drive-through pharmacy

Before kids, I would go by drive through pharmacies and wonder who used them other than elderly people. Are people really so lazy that they can’t walk into the drugstore? This was coming from a girl in her 20s, who rarely got sick. Gosh, was I naive. I have been fortunate that Clay has only been prescribed antibiotics twice […]

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Little things I’m thankful for, day 1: Costco prepared foods

This month, several of my friends have done daily Facebook posts acknowledging something for which they are thankful. I think it’s a great exercise, to take the time to recognize all the good in your life, leading up to Thanksgiving. I’ve enjoyed reading their heartfelt posts, but it got me thinking about all the little things I’m thankful for. […]

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Trophy time

Clay finished out the soccer season scoring goals in all but one of the last five games. They give trophies to every kid, but he improved so much, I really think he deserved it. We celebrated with his favorite meal, a burger and fries at In-N-Out.

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It’s your money and you’ll spend how you want to

There was a time, not all that long ago, when I wouldn’t think twice about spending $200 on a pair of jeans or $30 on shampoo. I had no mortgage, no child care payments and loved the way that designer jeans fit and the smell of the fancy shampoo. I haven’t bought full-price jeans in five years. I buy drugstore […]

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