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Sunday Night Sadness: 8 Ways I Prepare to Beat the Monday Morning Blues

Sunday Night Sadness: 8 Ways I Prepare to Beat the Monday Morning Blues

I assumed it was just me. Then a friend commented how she doesn’t enjoy Sunday evenings because it’s like the fun party she knows is coming to an end. Her mind vacillates between enjoying the evening and dreading the next morning filled with work, chores, errands, and crazy.  Coming in the door from church always… Continue Reading

Two Cops & a Black Eye: Our Up Close & Personal Encounter with Abuse

Two Cops & a Black Eye: Our Up Close & Personal Encounter with Abuse

Living in Mexico brought a ton of unusual, funny, memorable experiences. Even the hard times sound like a picnic compared to the night the cops dropped off an unexpected guest. Our large property consisted of five double-wide mobile homes, a fire pit, trash and tool hut, huge water tank, fig and pomegranate trees, laundry lines,… Continue Reading

Creating an Organized New Year: The 3 Best Places in Your Home & How to Start

Creating an Organized New Year: The 3 Best Places in Your Home & How to Start

If you’re assuming this post is all about turning your whole house upside down and starting over, you can exhale now. This isn’t for the expert organizer, the detailed filer who never has a paper out of place, or the housekeeper who scrubs with a magnifying glass and Q-tips. And all the normal people said amen. … Continue Reading

Christmas Eve Chaos: The One Where We Went to Church Dirty and Avoided Our Friends

Christmas Eve Chaos: The One Where We Went to Church Dirty and Avoided Our Friends

The morning of Christmas Eve 2019 in NorCal started like any other: frosty, sparkly, and bulging with practical anticipation. But the way it ended messed with my mind pride in ways I didn’t think possible. Without fail, every Christmas Eve of my whole life consisted of the same things: nice clothes, hair-sprayed hair, and a… Continue Reading

Hosting or Being Hosted: Helpful Ideas to Get Your Heart & Home Thanksgiving Ready

Hosting or Being Hosted: Helpful Ideas to Get Your Heart & Home Thanksgiving Ready

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring you… your relatives.  Raise your hand if you’re prepped and organized for Thanksgiving. It’s okay… most people aren’t. You’ve got this though. You’re stronger than you think, you can juggle more than you realize, and I have some tips. Depending on your hosting situation, I’ve crafted three… Continue Reading

Starting the Fall Season with Non-Annoying Orange Autumn Items for All You Undercover Pumpkin Spice Fans

Starting the Fall Season with Non-Annoying Orange Autumn Items for All You Undercover Pumpkin Spice Fans

If you live in my area of SoCal, you know it doesn’t exactly feel like fall yet. With temps still bouncing into the 80s this week, I can barely wear shoes much less think about sipping hot cider. But autumn’s comin’! I gathered these items with my faithful readers in mind. (That’s you!) Most of… Continue Reading

A Neighborhood Divided: Years of Friends, Months of Loss, Weeks of Grief

A Neighborhood Divided: Years of Friends, Months of Loss, Weeks of Grief

When we moved out of Baja and back to Cali, I wasn’t what you’d call… excited. Besides the whole experience feeling anti-climactic (we already lived in SoCal once), track houses aren’t really my jam. Apparently, the neighborhood cookie-cutter fairy put all of our floor plans on a blueprint and the creativity stopped after five. Five… Continue Reading

15 Favorite Family-Friendly Flicks to Watch at Home With the Kids This Weekend

15 Favorite Family-Friendly Flicks to Watch at Home With the Kids This Weekend

There are tons of great animated movies that we adults can love right alongside the littles, but this is a list of our family’s favorite real-life flicks when our kids were in elementary and middle school. Depending on your strict meter, most of these are for ages 8/10 and up, and they’re all rated G… Continue Reading