After a crazy, busy, tiring past week, it’s finally time to get the suitcases out and throw in all the clothes I’ve been putting in piles in our bedrooms for the past few days (and threatening the Things NOT to wear again before Tuesday).Yep, for the 5th time in 8 weeks I will be boarding […]

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  • Meagan - Have so much fun! I went to NYC last year and loved it. My brother actually lives up there now…he’s way more ballsy than me. I start to get claustrophobic there by day 3…ReplyCancel

  • Kari - Jealous!!! It sounds like a win-win trip all around! Good luck spotting the celebrity!

  • Jackie - Michelle!!! You’re here!!!!
    I hope you’re enjoying the city – the rain is pretty bogus today… sorry about that.

    Hope you get a sec to stop by and seeeee meeeeee!!

  • sophistifunk - i am sooo so jealous! i hope you are having the best time 🙂 everytime i go to LA i always celebrity hunt, lolReplyCancel

♫ School’s…OUT…for – SUMMER! ♫  Every year I sing that Alice Cooper song in my head for like 3 days after the last day of school.  But that’s the only line of the song I know so it gets pretty old, pretty fast. It’s officially DAY 1 of summer vacation…..and the Things and I are spending the […]

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  • this hive. - iiiiii neeeeeed a smash journal. where does one find such a thing?!?! its perfect & looks SOOOO fun.


    • Michelle - Target (of course) or Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics. Usually a whole display with all the trimmings! Happy SMASHing!

Summer Vacation.2 words every kid longs to hear, right?Not my kids. They’ve always been those freaky super-students who love school and cry on the last day. It’s only since Thing 1 has been in high school (and the homework load has gotten intense) that she’s finally come over to the dark side and joined the […]

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  • this hive. - omg.. i am overwhelmed with emotions… you’re kids are HOOTS and the way you described them is absolutely hillllarious. holy crap i literally LOL’d at the zoo conversation… too funny!ReplyCancel

  • bonbon - Just found your blog and love this post. I teach school so I understand the whole “end of the year blues” things. I think school more than anything shows us the passage of time, and so it’s scary when another year has already come to an end. It sounds like you’re a very supportive and understanding mom, though, so they definitely are lucky for that!

    new follower 🙂

    • Michelle - Thank you for that! I’m also a new fan (and follower) of your terrific posts. I wish you’d have been MY teacher! The post is up about the SMASH journals I mentioned, btw (if you don’t know about them).

As I’ve been navigating the surprisingly deep waters of the blogging world, I’ve discovered many trends and tricks to lure readers over to your blog.  Link parties, sponsoring and (my favorite), guest posting. I’ve become a follower and a fan of many blogs that I only discovered by reading their guest post on one of […]

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Friday afternoon I lost my right hand.Our Internet went out.For the past 2 and a half days it’s like I’ve been living in Little House on the Prairie but without the benefit of a Pa playing jaunty tunes on the fiddle and singing me to sleep. I’ve also come to the realization that I’d never […]

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  • Meagan - I am laughing out loud because I would TOTALLY be reacting the same way if this happened to me. Hang in there, sister!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly { MessyDirtyHair } - I would be the same way! When our power goes out I freak! But yet sometimes it’s nice to be free of everythingReplyCancel

  • Millie - I’m a new follower and from what I can tell, you named your iPad, which makes me love you already. I have a MacBook, which I named “MacKenzie.” I name all of my electronics and love that you do, too. That is all 🙂ReplyCancel

I’d like to start out this week’s favorites by saying that 4 day weeks are my favorite. The End. Nah, but it’s true that as I sit here with a nice chilled glass of chardonnay by my side I can’t believe it’s time for another favorites list already because I actually had 2 – yes, […]

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  • this hive. - hii!! thanks for the comment on my blog 🙂 i am your newest follower! love your blog.. sooo cute. you are hilarious! cant wait to read more!

  • Tiffany @ Blabbering Thoughts - Aw yeah – you’re welcome!!ReplyCancel

  • Recently Roached - Haha. I love this post. Anything is better with some Chardonnay in our hand, right?

    I love that you named your IPad. I’ve been dying to get one! And I love that app. Instagram is good, too!

    I’ve been meaning to try that show. I recently discovered New Girl and am totally obsessed with it. You should sef give that one a try if you haven’t. Hubs and I are with ya, we watch basically anything. Sad but true. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • sophistifunk - i totally love picmonkey, it’s my favorite! 🙂 also do you live in az? because that first photo is totally arizona!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - No, but you are correct!! That was taken last month at the Phoenician. We are originally from AZ (Go Devils!!) and were visiting family. Good eye! Are you from AZ?ReplyCancel

Time to slow it down and put on my serious face for a moment (but only for a moment, I promise). Since I’ve been a kid I’ve always loved to write.   When I was a teacher (back in the day), teaching those kids how to write was always my favorite part of their 4th […]

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So I realized at 8:25 (in the middle of dinner – grilled chicken, homemade bruschetta, salad, corn on the cob for me and Husband, Nutellla and strawberry crepes for the Things) that I hadn’t set The Bachelorette on a season pass and so we unfortunately missed Ryan the football player’s one on one date.And now […]

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  • Lucy McCracken - I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only onethat found last night’s episode vey dull. I totally agree about Ricki. I was thinkikng the same thing. Reg Emily who talks like that? She always speaks in the same soft monotone voive. It’s a bit creepy. I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to stand watching this season. If I hear her say one more time “Ricki and I” I will scream. Isn’t she her own person? anywho I really like your blog and I’m your new follower 🙂 http://www.findyoursparkle2.comReplyCancel

  • Lucy McCracken - BTW we should swap buttons. What do you think?ReplyCancel

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