Archives for September 2013

31 Days of Anger – Finding Peace in Unlikely Places

Sometime this evening, I’ll be joining in the biggest blog linkup I can find.  It’s the 31-Day blog challenge hosted by The Nesting Place.  It’s my second time to do so.  This year, I’m writing about ANGER.

Last year, I wrote for 31 days straight on the idea of JOY.  Specifically about finding joy in everyday motherhood.

By the last day, I was sick of the word joy. [Read more…]

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It’s another giveaway! Win a Timeless Beauty Bag from Thirty-One Gifts

I’m in the mood to give something away.  Well, actually TWO somethings.  Two Timeless Beauty Bags.

I’m an independent consultant for Thirty-One Gifts, remember?

Our October special is

For every $35 you spend in October, get


The Timeless Beauty Bag is included in that list. [Read more…]

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Five Minute Friday – TRUE

This week the word is TRUE.  Five minutes of my best unedited writing on a prompt I didn’t choose.  The words always tumble out to my fingers faster than my brain can think them.  That’s the magic of Five Minute Friday.

This week, Lisa-Jo asked us for our true stories.  The ones that pull the mask off and show us as real and vulnerable and imperfect.

This is mine. [Read more…]

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Crimes of Motherhood – I am the meanest mom ever

I am the meanest mom ever – at least according to my kids.

Personally, I figure that means I’m doing something right.

They have a different view.  They said that I’ve committed crimes.  I’m accused of…

(dum dum dum….)

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Eggs with a side of yelling… and socks.

No, I PROMISE I am not going to do 31 days of eggs.  I think I’ve egg-zausted the whole egg thing for now. This is more about the yelling thing.

I yelled this morning.

About socks.

I’m really grouchy about having to write it down too. [Read more…]

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MOMtor Monday – Why my kids are at private school

Happy Monday morning friends!  It’s my MOMtor Monday and I’m over at Mothering From Scratch.

I’m sharing why my kids are at private school.  It’s part of a larger discussion about school, homework, and how different choices are right for different families.   I love it because it’s absolutely NOT a mommy war thing.  How refreshing is that!

So go on over and join in the conversation!

>>>>> Why my kids are at private school. <<<<< [Read more…]

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Sunday Dinner Traditions

As I write this post on Sunday Dinner traditions, I’m sitting on my back porch with my feet up.  If I wanted to, I could see and hear a football game on the television from where I sit.

It is the first day that it actually feels like Fall here in Houston.  It’s finally not so hot and humid that you break out in a sweaty mess the minute you walk outside.

It feels marvelous.

I’ve given up on getting my kids to come outside and decided to just enjoy the peace and quiet all on my own. [Read more…]

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Five Minute Friday – SHE

It’s Five Minute Friday, hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker at The Gypsy Mama.  Five minutes of free writing flash mob goodness.

If you aren’t familiar, the rules are simple.  Lisa-Jo Baker gives a single word writing prompt every Friday.   Each of us have five minutes to write and post.  No editing, no second guessing, no fancy stuff.  Just plain writing – straight from the heart. (click HERE for the official rules and details).  Then we go visit other participants and shower them with comment love.

This week the word is SHE.

Last week, the word was MERCY.  It’s in honor of Mercy House.  Just… go click it.

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I’m yelling because…

Recently my family started using the phrase “I’m yelling because…” when things get loud.

It started as a simple experiment.  We were (and are) working on tone of voice issues. [Read more…]

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Writing Prompts for Writer’s Block

If you’ve written or blogged for any length of time, sooner or later you face writer’s block.

It happens to all of us.  Sometimes you sit down in front of the screen and just stare.  Sometimes, everything else just gets in the way and seems more important.  Sometimes, pure exhaustion sets in.

For a variety of reasons, writer’s block just happens.

Every writer has their own way of dealing with it, and I’m always looking for new ideas.

Here’s what I’ve found that works for me: [Read more…]

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