Oh, you read right, kids.YMFT’s very first giveaway!It will be fun to see how badly I can screw this up. I don’t really do product reviews on this blog, unless you count my favorites lists on Fridays, but I’m not sure singing the praises of chocolate covered pomegranate seeds or Brownie Brittle really counts. But […]

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  • Kathe - I’d love to win one for my soon to be daughter-in-law! Thanks for this sweet giveaway 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Ooooh, these are right up my alley! If I don’t win I may need to buy one for sure! 🙂 Thanks for doing this!ReplyCancel

  • cynthia - super cute and I love the ideas/prompts!ReplyCancel

  • JKT - So fun! Love these! I may have to make a purchase if my bad luck keeps me from winning 😉ReplyCancel

  • Kati - Incorporating Color - YAY, pumped that you’re doing a giveaway. I’ve never done (or won) one, but there’s always a first!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Such a cute idea! I’m hoping to win a baby book for little girl due next month!ReplyCancel

  • seetastelove - Those are adorable. With prompts I might actually journal instead of it staying blank forever.ReplyCancel

  • Funny Is Family - I am in love with these journals! My five year old got a “Dude Diary” at the PTA book fair last week, and it has questions and prompts. I CAN’T WAIT to get one for myself so we can journal together. His will continue to be about slugs and superheroes, and mine will be filled with prettier, but probably not cuter things. Also, I need to win the gratitude journal. Every year, I document one thing I’m thankful for the entire month before Thanksgiving. The gratitude journal would be perfect!

    Michelle, I love your blog. It’s funny, and heartfelt, and real. I’m so glad Jen brought us together!ReplyCancel

  • Johlet - Found your blog on THIS HIVE!
    Love it! 🙂

In a few days my brother-in-law is getting deployed for 9 months. This is his second trip to the hot, dusty, brown and barren lands full of tanks and giant helicopters and walls and gunfire and what I can only imagine are terrifying noises and things that go bump in the night, but last year […]

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  • Teri Biebel - My husband was deployed in 2004 when my girls were 7 and 5. It sucked and it was hard but we got through it. I wish him safe travels and for him to stay safe and return safely to your family!


    • Michelle - I cannot imagine how difficult it is with 2 small children at home. Thank you for your kind words of support! I’ll pass them along…
      🙂 m.ReplyCancel

  • sandie - Please tell him Thank You for his service.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Great post, thanks to your b-I-l and his family! Will be thinking and praying for a safe return!!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - Beautiful post, Michelle. Best wishes to your BIL and his family during this deployment. Thank them for their sacrifice!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Please pass my gratitude on to your BIL. My thoughts and prayers are with him and your family! Also–I nominated you for a Liebster Award! 🙂 Here’s the post for the deets: http://www.fillingupmycup.com/2012/10/my-first-liebster-award.html


  • Kami - What a great post!ReplyCancel

  • kyna... - Please tell him we are praying for him and so so grateful for him!
    ♥ KynaReplyCancel

  • Christine - Hi! New reader and military wife here. This was a beautiful post. It sounds like your sister (and brother-in-law of course) has an awesome family behind her for this and that is SO important. And you can totally be there for her even if you’re far away. You can answer the phone when she calls to talk about nothing because it’s lonely and quiet without him. You can send him care packages of yummy baked goodies (it doesn’t matter if it melts, they’ll eat it anyway). And most, and it seems you’ve already got this part down, you can “get” that even though she’s putting on a brave face, this is going to be a hard time for her. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kara - Your brother-in-law sounds like he’s on the fast track and I’m sure he’ll do a great job downrange.

    I’m glad you took the time to point out that we do what we do by choice (kinda; once you’re in, you do as you’re told, ha!) and people don’t need to pity us. Support is always great, though!ReplyCancel

Our family loves “Modern Family”.  It’s fun to have a prime time show we can all watch together that isn’t a singing competition. Thing 2 especially loves it, I think, because it’s the only non-Disney or Nickelodeon or singing show she’s allowed to watch. There’s been a few episodes in the past 2 years that […]

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  • Kari - Nice work! Hooray for Modern Family to help you out… 🙂

  • jeanne cummings - Holymoly AND OMIGOD!!!…WELL done…(from your Morher!!)ReplyCancel

  • Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous - Well played! There’s one teen pregnancy bullet dodged!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - I think if my mom had done half as good a job having this discussion with me back in the day I would have had far fewer memories from my college years that I was forced to suppress…nice work!ReplyCancel

  • Jersey Housewife - I’m laughing out loud at her interjection of “hookers” as you were searching for the right word. I’m not looking forward to this discussion but I think I’ll take notes on how you handled it.ReplyCancel

  • kyna... - Oh boy…these are the conversations I am going to dread…as important as they are (and they will happen). I just hope Ellie stays 3 forever! lol!
    ♥ KynaReplyCancel

  • Kelly B. - HOOKERS! hahahaha. oh gosh. I’m bookmarking this to have the chat when I’m a parent.ReplyCancel

  • this hive. - HAHAHAHAHAHA stop it!! she did not say that! omg – that is sooooooo hilarious. so awkward yet soooo awesome. i just love you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - I love this! That’s kind of like my Mom telling my 17 year old sister that if she were to go missing the cops would probably just assume she ran away to be a prostitute instead of actually ya know get kidnapped. We busted out laughing. My mom is totally Mom of the Year material!ReplyCancel

  • Condom Suppliers - Sex education at its best. Thank you for sharing and two thumbs up for a job well done.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Mitchell - I too, had this uncomfortable conversation with my daughter=/ while driving….an hour way…too counseling. I bet she had loads to tell her counselor=)ReplyCancel

  • Darcy Perdu - Hilarious! You should teach a Sex Ed course, woman!ReplyCancel

  • AJ Collins - The whole sex convo makes me twitch. My son is 10 and I am aware that he knows more than he is letting on (we’ve had a “talk” already)… but is also super innocent, and I am REALLY okay with that. But as a 5th grader he had a friend that is also a girl over and I had to say no closed doors in his bedroom. To which he said (all offended), “But Adam and I close the door!”… makes me twitch. lol! This post reminds me of this scene in the movie Mean Girls… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBBhK9waWSc HAHAHA!

    • Michelle - Love that movie! And you’re right!
      Good luck with your 10yo. I kind of wish I had a boy so my husband could take over more of the sex ed. than he does!ReplyCancel

  • Darcy Perdu - Love that she contributed HOOKERS to the convo! So funny!ReplyCancel

  • Modern Family » You're My Favorite Today - […] Modern Family is pretty much it. And even though Modern Family has created a few, shall we say, teachable moments over the years, it’s our family favorite. (Click that link if you missed the “Sex, […]ReplyCancel

  • Need a condom? Just go to college. » You're My Favorite Today - […] they get “the talk” in health class. (Hopefully, what they hear is nothing new because you’ve given them the talk at home long before that, correct?? *PSA alert* Give them “the talk” long before 8th […]ReplyCancel

  • Talking to your kids about SEX: The Do’s and Don’ts » You're My Favorite Today - […] the time my (then) 11-year-old schooled me on the subject, click HERE. For another Do’s and Don’ts list, click HERE. Sharing is caring (most of the time)! […]ReplyCancel

Thing 1 got the keys to her freedom last week.She got a car.She’s had her license since pretty much the day she turned 16 (a year ago)… …but has had to prove herself worthy before we turned her loose with her own set of wheels(or because buying a 3rd car would mean cleaning out the […]

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  • Carly Ann - I have to say, everytime I feel a sneeze coming on when I’m driving, I pray to the sweet baby Jesus that i can control myself and keep my car on the road!ReplyCancel

  • this hive. - how sweet are you guys! LOOOOVE the car – so awesome. brian and i just stared at that pic for like 2 minutes without blinking lol LOVE the car annnnd the beautiful trees in the background haha. she must be sooo psyched! and that commercial is a total tear jerker…. gahReplyCancel

  • Jenna - I love your list! I think I will need to get a copy of it when my kids turn 16 (thank goodness I still have some time left)!

    I love her (your) car! It is so cute!


  • Allan - Loved the post.This is called perfect parenthood :).. She must be so happy

    Good job!



    ship a carReplyCancel

  • ~Dawn~ - WOW – nice ride!! 🙂 You are such NICE parents to buy her a car!!

    I will be copying this list for my daughters when they get behind the wheel. I have a few years to go yet, but it will be here before I know it. YIKES.ReplyCancel

  • Mommy Lisa - Okay – I am jealous of her car. Also, Boo Boo cannot get to 16…simple. Or I won’t let her drive maybe???ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - My parents made me recite a similar list of rules when I started driving in front of my whole youth group with a giant construction paper key on my head. So my friends would yell at me for talking to them while driving. So she got off easy in my book! Though I would include the rule of don’t pretend your steering wheel is drum while driving, not from experience or anything.ReplyCancel

  I haven’t yet taken part in one of the many Instagram link-ups that make their way around the blogosphere, or likewise, one of the ‘my week in Instagram photos’ because frankly, I doubt many of you really care to see everything I do on a daily basis.   And I don’t have a link […]

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  • ~Dawn~ - hahaha I love the beer in the snow. that is sooo typical here in MN!

    And I LOVE the sisterly bond your Things have! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Millie - Great photos! Snickerdoodles are ALWAYS worth the regret 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sally - Snickerdoodle recipe, please. Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

You’re about to hate me.Or think I’m ridiculous.Or maybe even be extremely jealous of me. Because I have to tell you that I already picked out our Christmas cards.3 weeks ago.I think. There’s a back story here, though (like there so, so often is). Every year (since the beginning of time) I have placed waaay […]

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  • kyna... - I am just.like.you….lol!
    ♥ KynaReplyCancel

  • Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous - I made the decision a few years back that I wouldn’t give out christmas cards anymore. Instead I give out christmas tree decorations. I’ve found they cost around the same and people seem really chuffed to get them. As for those who I’d normally post cards to, I’m afraid they have to make do with a seasonally themed email 😀ReplyCancel

Last week I was listening to Dave Ryan’s show (he gets credit for a lot of my blog ideas….thanks, Dave) and they were talking about the 10 biggest regrets people have on their deathbed. Here’s the condensed version: I regret that I ……Didn’t pursue my own dreams…Worked too much and never had time for family…Didn’t […]

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  • Cassandra - Loved reading this. That first picture had me laughing and I’m so happy you brought up Tim McGraw because I was thinking of that song when I started reading. Glad you waited to step away from the computer after you finished the post, because I really enjoyed it haha.ReplyCancel

  • Evani Gatsby - I am your newest follower because of this! I also managed to read like half your blog in one day, I am cheering for you versus the squirrelsReplyCancel

  • meandmr.com - Love this post! Thanks for sharing!

  • this hive. - i loved this! and gross nooo guinea pigs! i dont understand why people would want them as a pet.. blahReplyCancel

  • Teri Biebel - This is awesome!! I saw you post on my Snarkfest page and thought I’d come check you out. Very glad I did. Making my own list today, thank you!!


    • Michelle - Thanks for stopping by! Mutual admiration here, because I’ve been poking around your blog today and loving it! Glad to have another kindred snarky spirit in the blog world!
      🙂 m.ReplyCancel

    • Teri Biebel - We are destined to be lifelong friends. Cheers, my friend!!ReplyCancel

Remember a couple of months ago when Scott Baio retweeted me and I died a thousand deaths? If not, you’ll need to read this post for this one to make any sense. Go ahead.  I’ll wait. Okay, so today, for only the second time in my life (I am not lying, HUSBAND) I sent a tweet to […]

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This week started off as kind of a drag…so I went shopping. I’ve been battling a head cold since Monday that’s left me simultaneously stuffed up and dripping and absolutely bone tired and craving a 4 p.m. nap (okay, that last part might be the norm for me, but this week I’m blaming the cold).Thing […]

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  • *LO* - i’m really liking your office make over. that new desk just works out so well for the space. lucy is cute: ) my cats tend to like my chairs like that too! and how do you have all that cutesy fall stuff out? dont your kitties try eating them or knocking them over???ReplyCancel

  • Kalie - Love your office makeover, it looks great! And pumpkin Eggos, I may have to try those… Stopping by from H54F!ReplyCancel

  • ~Dawn~ - LOVE the office makeover – will you come and decorate my house, please?ReplyCancel

  • this hive. - ah it looks sooooo good! ive looked at the pics like 20x today. where did you get the upholstered chair? and the plant with the stand thingy? sorry in advance for literally copying this entire room LOL it’s just so cute!!! ps – copying the fall decor also.ReplyCancel

  • this hive. - pps – i drove my saguaro today and thought of you!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - I love the office make-over. I don’t hate our office set-up, but mostly I want a new desk and I love the one you got! I think I need a little more storage space though (we have a lot of shiz).

    I could absolutely pick you out of the photo!

    And that stupid cold – I have had it allllll week too. I’m determined to get rid of it this weekend. Ugh, I hate being sick – hope you feel better!ReplyCancel

  • Sally - Wow… the office looks amazing. I’m impressed!ReplyCancel

  • Amy @ Not Your Average Baby Blog - OK, so that chair is freaking perfect. LOVE. Found this on Ellen’s blog because she’s always awesome like that and gives her besties the nicest shout-outs! To me, offices are the most fun to decorate for some reason. I think maybe because they don’t get dirty easily like kitchens and bathrooms and they stay awesome and new.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Jones - Hey,

    My name is Katie. I was wondering, do you accept guest posts on http://youremyfavoritetoday.com/? It’s about home improvement and stuff, so it would be a perfect fit for your blog and would greatly increase the traffic on your site. I’ll gladly send you over some sample articles if you like.
    Will be waiting for your response.

    All the Best,


    • Michelle - Sorry Katie, I do not accept guest posts. Good Luck to you!ReplyCancel

For those of you who have been following along HERE and HERE, you can imagine how thrilled I am that the god-damned squirrels are now attacking the house. They’re coming for me.

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