Happiness Journal: January 30

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A Happiness Journal Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law, Erik! You're getting old, McLovin! This week, I'm happy, because: The Bears may have lost...which is less than desirable...but now they have two extra weeks to rest up before they kick tail next season. On Monday, I celebrated one year of being an advisor for the Illinois Valley Chapter of People First, an advocacy group for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. They put on an awesome dinner and local politicians came to honor their accomplishments. It was awesome! I was featured on Three Boys and a … [Read more...]

What “Love” Means To Kids

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Valentine's Day is headed our way, so I thought I'd ask my little men what exactly love meant to them. The first time I asked, they all looked at me as if I was asking them to recite the Gettysburg Address, then ran off to do their own things. It's pretty much what I expected from three boys, five and under, so I tried a different technique. I call it "Cornering them while they're eating ice cream." This went much better for me. Me: What is love? Devin, 1-year-old: What? (Shoves a spoonful of neopolitan in his mouth) Jaxon, 3-years-old: I'm a rockstarrrrrr! (raises spoon in the … [Read more...]

Five Fabulous Bloggers I Can’t Get Enough Of

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Thanks to Trop 50 for sponsoring my writing about fabulous bloggers. This year Trop50 is granting 50 fabulous wishes. Click here to enter for a chance to win $1,000 to help grant a friend's wish! When I entered the world of blogging, I hadn't actually read many blogs on a regular basis. I'd catch a post here and there, but I couldn't honestly say I was a "fan" of any particular blog. Times have changed. I have several blogs I love to read consistently and I make it a point to check out at least three new ones a day,  so I can continue to find fresh new goodies. Blogs are addictive … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Pumpkin and The F-Bomb

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There are millions of people using Twitter, but every once in a great while you across someone you just click with. My friend, Pam, from I forgot what I was doing, is one of those people. Chances are, if we're chatting, someone's in danger of tinkling in their trousers. Love, love, love her. So, today she and I are doing a little switchamadoodle and I'm partying at her place while she's rocking in mine. When you're done reading about her little one trying out her cursing chops, hop over to Pam's place and hear about the Brocker's packing skills when my son was born. Take it away, … [Read more...]

Monday Mullet Madness: Five Reasons a Mullet is a Good Idea

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Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Twitter knows I have a special, unnatural fascination with those bold enough to go for a mullet. It's not something I'm proud of, but it's not something I'm ashamed of either. It is what it is. I heart mullets. Would I ever get one? Hells no. But, because I'm gifted with the ability to see things from different perspectives, I can understand why some people just can't seem to let go of the awesome. We've all heard the expression "Business in the front, party in the back," but this river runs much deeper than that. You'll see. Five Reasons … [Read more...]

Happiness Journal: January 23rd

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It's been a pretty average week, but that's certainly not a bad thing. I'm currently happy about: My family being healthy, save a sniffle and a cough here and there. That my husband works from home and hasn't had to travel in any of the heinous weather that we've been having. While our work is keeping us super busy, we have a seemingly endless stream of opportunities in an economy that hasn't been so kind to many. My kids love the snow as much as I do. In less than half an hour, the Chicago Bears are taking on the Packers for a chance at the big game. I … [Read more...]