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….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

  • - 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 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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I don’t have time for this. I’m in the middle of making dinner, but this cannot go untouched on this blog. Just came in to do a quick email check while the cornbread is cooking and (of course) opened up Thus, today’s {quick} installment of Hot Hollywood Hell. This is Jamie Lynn Spears’ 4 […]

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  • Amy Matsumoto - so this post made me laugh. Unfortunately it was somewhat awkward, uneasy laughter. It’s hard for me to believe what some parents are okay with allowing their daughters to wear. Even if it is dress up. I just complained to a coworker of mine that girls are quickly running out of decent role models. T. Swift may be the only one left as of now. sad sad days ahead.
    preach it!ReplyCancel

  • Kimmyyy83 - This post definitely made me laugh this morning. But you are right, girl role models these days are far and few between!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer fromFUMC - Holy crap! I’ve never seen the Hooker Toddler image before. I’m no prude either but could almost be considered child abuse, in my opinion. That is so, so wrong…on several levels. But, is it weird that now I want to dress up as Hooker Vivian for Halloween? I guess that would also be wrong on several entirely different levels… with the most problematic being the whole my love handles in plain view level…ReplyCancel

  • *LO* - wow i have to sign up for those emails! this is hilarious yet disturbing at the same time. It’s sad almost. That 4 y/o’s skirt is a little too short… it would have been “acceptable” if it was at a normal length!ReplyCancel

  • Hot Hollywood Hell (6) - pull up your damn pants. - Youre My Favorite Today - […] (3) – Miley’s ridiculous hair, How Jessica Simpson attempted to strangle her baby, etc.Hot Hollywood Hell (4) – Jamie Lynn Spears’ little hoHot Hollywood Hell (5) – She’s gonna […]ReplyCancel

Nope, I’m not talking about these 3 – Good.   Ugly.   Bad.Good times.  Good times. I’m talking about my weekend. Linking up with Kati and Kate to fill you in… Friday night we had a fun family dinner at Red Robin (GOOD – very GOOD).  It’s one of our favorite places to go for […]

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  • Sally - Good to read about your weekend… Apparently Bad that I’ve never been to Red Robin (yummmm)… and I think it is going to get UGLY with those damn squirrels.

    Good luck.ReplyCancel

  • JJ - I need to hit up Red Robin very soon. I miss that place.

    That martini look great. I need to try making that.

    Bummer about the bed/furniture looks like you got a few cute things.ReplyCancel

  • Kati - Incorporating Color - So excited that you linked up with us! I, like my mother, have also never been to RR. I feel like the bottomless fries are something I should stay away from! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Danavee - I want that lake sign and that green lampy thing! LOVE!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Classy Living - Okay, all of those food items sounds AMAZING! I think I need to find a Red Robin ASAP! And a grape martini 🙂 I’m just imagining some frozen grapes sitting decoratively in the bottom to keep the drink cold…yumm!ReplyCancel

  • *LO* - i actually really like your fish bench collection!! they are cute and quirky. i think the picture with Jackson and that squirrel is hysterical!! i swear that squirrels do that to torment them! i have a simliar pic on my blog with my boy cat but with birds !ReplyCancel

  • Beach Momma - I just read through a ton of your posts and I love your blog! Finally a blog I actually like to read! Haha seems like so many blogs are all writing about the same things over and offer. New follower!ReplyCancel

I’m a list maker.A list lover.And I’m not just talking groceries and to-do items and Christmas gifts and things I need to make the Things do so that I do not have to – I’m talking favorites lists and Top 10s and people you’d like a hall-pass from your husband/significant other for (Stamos). A couple […]

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  • Kati - Incorporating Color - PUMPED. I already wrote my posts for this week (my bad…), but I’m definitely linking up with this biz next week. YES.ReplyCancel

  • JKT - SO fun! Such a great idea 🙂 I’m going to see if I can get my act together to get post like this written up 🙂 If not- count me in for next month! Going on the calender now 😉ReplyCancel

  • Kimmyyy83 - YEs! Count me in for next month! I am the list making queen! J hates and loves it! haha!ReplyCancel

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