Today my baby girl turns 14. Fourteen. What a sucky age. But really, do you remember it? No? That’s because it probably sucked. Think about it. At 14 you were at puberty’s peak and at the mercy of the multitude of hormones that were making your emotions run the gamut from elation to devastation that all took […]

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  • Nikki - Our daughter will be 14 this fall…you hit the nail on the head!ReplyCancel

You guys, I’m a failure. For the past two years I’ve been trying fiercely to halt the hands of time, and I just can’t. A year ago, as I was staring in the face of my daughter’s graduation and her impending departure from our little nest, I wrote a short post (one of my favorites) about how […]

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  • Snarkfest - Never was this more true than this weekend during our trip to WVU. Took my oldest out, she had her audition for the Marching Band and then we went to the Blue/Gold football game they had that day. During halftime, the band director came out and made the surprise announcement that the West Virginia University Marching Band will be marching in the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The excitement was unreal and my oldest was beside herself with excitement. So while high school is coming to an end, her college days are just beginning, and there are a TON of great memories yet to be made.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Oh, that’s SO exciting!! I’ll be watching! 🙂ReplyCancel

I have a problem: an addiction, if you will. It’s not new. This has been something that I’ve been struggling with for the past 10 or 15 years, and it’s an issue that I’ve tried many times to overcome, unsuccessfully. The interesting thing is, this problem doesn’t bother me. If I’m being honest, the [failed] attempts at […]

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  • Snarkfest - My mantra: If it’s not black, put it back.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Proof that we are meant to be lifelong friends.ReplyCancel

      • Jennifer - I have the exact same closet, except my only color is berry/wine/deep pink.ReplyCancel

        • Michelle - Ooh! Love those colors! Actually, if I’m going to wear a color, it’s usually a deep wine (and I’m not talking about what sloshes out of my glass 😉 ).ReplyCancel

  • Jennie Thomas - I’m the EXACT opposite. I feel uncomfortable in black, gray, white and brown. My closet is a rainbow.ReplyCancel

You guys, I have alarming news. My face is sagging. And listen, I’m not just saying that because I’m getting older and it’s what you’re supposed to say when you are a female and you are getting older. My face is really sagging. I just had a medical doctor tell me so. (In other news, […]

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  • NinaN - Ugh. Aging. What a bitch. I am currently enjoying am (almost) mid-30’s hormonal mess of mid-section weight gain, raging PMS, nightmare periods, monthly acne explosions, and unwanted facial hair growth. Not quite what I was expecting from my 30’s.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Lawrence - Im gonna try to NOT sound like an old sales lady in this comment, but I am a Rodan and Fields skin care consultant and we have some pretty kick-ass products that are really fighting the aging process. Our REDEFINE line is cutting edge and has been all over the news and mags. It has a 60 day money back guarantee and you WILL see results. I would love to speak with you and tell you more about it. I will be 39 in August and I’m not sagging without a fight! And I’m winning so far!!ReplyCancel

  • pamb - A few years ago, I asked my dermatologist about Botox and expected to hear “oh, you don’t really need it”. Instead I got a graphic detail of how many shots and where they would be placed and how often I’d need to have them. Then he recommended microdermabrasion instead. Since it was cheaper and less painful, I did that. And saw no results.ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - I started to notice the sagging cheeks about a year ago and, quite literally, had a tizzy fit about “finally getting/looking OOOLLLLDD”. It was a sad, sad day at my house. I just try not to look in the mirror much anymore and slather on that firming cream to cheer myself up.ReplyCancel

  • Julia M. - I totally get this! I’m 40 now and sometimes I contemplate having a little something done here and there but I am terrified of adverse affects and recovery time. What’s freaky is when you go to wipe off some “makeup” and then realize that’s a permanent line near your eye! When did that get there?? And those lovely marionette lines around the mouth… It’s so not fair–I was never a tanning girl or even enjoyed being out in the sun but I’m still aging! Ha
    Like you, I have decided to just age gracefully; I refuse to look like those scary women I see around town that just don’t quite look right. (I’m from Dallas-Ft Worth)ReplyCancel

You guys, I’m writing this post from bed. And it’s well after noon. That’ll do it for this week’s Friday Favorites! Thanks for reading and goodnight! Nah, I’m kidding, but not about the being in bed after noon part. Am I sick? I think you know me well enough by now to know the answer […]

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  • NinaN - Just bring your birks and socks out here to the west coast and you’ll fit in just fine. But better bring your rain boots too. And an umbrella. And gimme your sandwich…..ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Believe me, I am COUNTING THE DAYS until I can move to northern CA. By my count, I have about 3.000 of them.
      Is that where you are? If so, you may be sorry you offered…ReplyCancel

      • NinaN - Ha! No, much further north. To the lands of rain and spring flowers 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Van Ness Pinero - You do realize that birkestocks are back in and wearing them with socks is totally hipster of you!! Just thought I’d share and that pic of your sandwich is ridiculous.. Now I’m starving and I already had dinner and dessertThanks a lot!ReplyCancel

I love to sleep. Actually, that’s an understatement, but I can’t think of another word besides “love” that conveys the message more. I cherish sleep? Worship sleep? Yeah, those too. It’s true. My mother tells me that when I was a little girl, a bedtime wasn’t necessary. In fact, I’d often ask her how much longer […]

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  • Snarkfest - I’m so sorry you deal with that. I, on the other hand, am the loud culprit in my house. It’s hereditary, I got it from my mom, who even at 120 lbs soaking wet snored like a freight train. I use strips. They don’t work. So now I’ve taken to passing out earplugs to everyone who sleeps with me (no, I don’t often sleep with large crowds). Distance will help but ear plugs are a good backup plan, at least for all who sleep with me.ReplyCancel

  • Allyson - OMG, I can so relate! My mom told me that I slept through the night the 1st night they brought me home from the hospital and never looked back. If sleeping was an Olympic sport, I’d have a gold medal. I laughed out loud reading your article. Hilarious stuff!! You have a new fan!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Kindred spirits!! Thank you! 🙂ReplyCancel

The Friday Favorites have been hijacked this week by something that might very well trump the next month of them. Or six. Yesterday I found out I am a New York Times best selling author. Um, excuse me? No, no, no. You heard me right. A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR!! Seriously, one minute […]

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  • Snarkfest - Proud to be in such cool company on the old Googles. Congrats my friend and let’s see how many more books we can sell before our friends and family get sick of us again!!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Right?? (About both the Google and people getting sick of us, although that happened awhile ago, I’m sure. 😉 )ReplyCancel

  • Stacey @nursemommylaughs - 9:00 pm This was so funny I actually read it aloud to my husband, whilst interrupting his iPad reading. Seriously! We both had tears in our eyes.ReplyCancel

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