Archive for February, 2013


Costco rules!

I have a love/hate relationship with Costco. Definitely more love than hate since I like to save money, but we live in a small house with very little storage, so finding room for 20 bags of chips or 40 rolls of toilet paper presents a challenge. Though storage logistics can make me crazy, the good deals and quality products keep me coming back. […]

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My unlikely Valentine

Valentine’s Day makes me think a lot about relationships, and certain moments in my dad’s relationship with my stepmother are etched in my brain. I don’t recall the first time I met her, but I do remember the nights I learned of both their engagement and their marriage. For the former, I met them for dinner at a […]

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The Princess Bride

This week, Avery got a pile of hand-me-down princess dresses from our friend’s daughter. The wedding gowns are her favorite. We had music on last night, so she wanted to dance with her husband. When I asked who her husband was, she said, “That guy in the green shirt. My dad, Chase.” And then they danced…

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Dressing the munchkins: quality over quantity

When I was pregnant with Clay and found out I was having a boy, I did what many expectant moms do: I went shopping for baby clothes. I was in Florida visiting my friend, Heather, and Baby Gap was having a huge sale, so I bought a suitcase full of onesies and other sale items. There […]

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First Thin Mint

Clay took forever to go down for his nap today, so Avery woke up before him. We went to the freezer and got out the Thin Mints. She looked over me with one cookie in each hand and asked, “are you sure about this?” Yes, baby girl, I am sure. Enjoy your first Girl Scout […]

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Why l love the Disney Princesses

I live with a two-year-old, who, more often than not, is wearing a princess dress over her clothes. She only has two of them (Snow White and Sleeping Beauty) and they are both falling apart at the seams from constant wear. She has a princess stepstool, princess dolls, princess books and most of the Disney princess movies. […]

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Staying out of the red with the Target Red Debit Card

Everyone knows I prefer online shopping, but before my infatuation with Amazon and Diapers.com, my first love was Target. It is less chaotic than Wal-Mart, with good prices and the ability to buy diapers, a new TV and applesauce all in one place. When my kids were babies, I would sometimes go to Target after they went […]

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Milkshake Super Bowl

For three out of the past four weekends, one (or both) of our kids have been sick. What happened to their great immune systems from all that breastfeeding I did? Preschool happened, I guess. This weekend Avery has a stomach bug. Sure, milk isn’t great for you when you are sick, but if you have […]

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