One More Year

Oh lordt, this post. When the thought of my oldest daughter turning 12 was too much to stomach. 
That little girl is 20 today and the past eight years flew by. 
So those of you in the thick of it, buckle up. 
Ellie is 12 now and she feels so much older than Anna did at this age which makes me think it is all about perspective. 
Happy 20th to our Annie, our sunshine, our monkey, our poo. 
You are so very loved by so very many.

First published March 13, 2012
My oldest daughter will be a teenager in one more year.
Last year, I wrote a post about my girl turning 11 here and how fast that was going.
And now here she is turning 12.

No longer is she young enough for the kiddie meal.

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Decorating, Humor, Life

I Don’t Hate Painting Furniture Anymore

A few years ago, I wrote a post titled I Hate Painting Furniture. It was a good post, actually one of my favorites which is why I reblogged it this past Friday. If you didn't get a chance to read it, maybe go read it first then come back and read this post. Like demented… Continue reading I Don’t Hate Painting Furniture Anymore


I Hate Painting Furniture

I am publishing a follow-up post to these hideous nightstands on Monday, so I felt it only necessary to share this post today. Plus it’s one of my most favorite posts. 🙂 

First published on September 12, 2017

I have read my share of DIY blogs to know that everything that I crank out is sub-par at best.

In fact, one could argue that my once DIY blog no longer has anything to do with DIY.

That is unless DIY stood for Dammit!Ick! Yikes! which is exactly my reaction to anything I try to remedy on my own as it pertains to decor.

I am good at decorating. I am bad at painting. And for the sake of every piece of untouched furniture in my home, I need to turn in my paintbrush. Because it’s insulting to the furniture when the after looks worse than the before.


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Humor, Nonsense, Tater Tots

Scriú air, Tá mé ag ithe Tater Tots – Cuid a hAon Déag (Screw It, I’m Eating Tater Tots- Part Eleven)

This month's post is in the Irish language in honor of St. Patricks Day, my husband's Irish heritage, and my oldest daughter Annie's 20th birthday which is only four days before St. Patricks Day. Happy Birthday, sweet Annie! We love you more than you will ever know. 🙂  Here is an interesting article about the… Continue reading Scriú air, Tá mé ag ithe Tater Tots – Cuid a hAon Déag (Screw It, I’m Eating Tater Tots- Part Eleven)


Four Ingredient Recipes- Filipino Egg Rolls (Lumpia)

I have written about Rebecca’s egg rolls many times over the past ten years. They are probably my most favorite food I’ve ever eaten. If you’ve never had them before, they are worth the effort to make. And if you live close to me, make some extra, please. 

I blogged about these wonderful morsels of deliciousness last February here.
It’s a funny story about how egg rolls have become a huge part of my life.

A love story really.

Let me give you the Cliff Notes version of the history behind this recipe: Rebecca and I met in 1994 while working in the same department together at Kohl’s Department Store with Levi Bendover Slacks (no that’s not another employee) and people farting on our heads (2020 note-story to come in a few weeks) and through our mutual hatred of Levi and flatulent customers, we became the best…

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Decorating, Family, Humor, Life

On Painting Bedrooms and Dying Hamsters

I wrote this post two days after our hamster died. I preface this post with that statement because I don't want you all to worry about me. Sobbing about a dead hamster two weeks later. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I needed to write this out at that moment and I… Continue reading On Painting Bedrooms and Dying Hamsters


Making John Hughes Proud at the Skydeck Chicago Sears Tower

So much to love about this post: Chicago being just so beautifully Chicago, my little family, John Hughes, Ferris Bueller, and Ellie doing us all proud. It’s my favorite sponsored post I’ve ever written because it doesn’t feel like a sponsored post. 

First published June 14, 2016

Yes, I said Sears Tower.
Yes, I realize it’s not called the Sears Tower anymore.
No, you won’t ever hear me calling it anything else.
Even in a sponsored post.

When the fine people over at the Skydeck Chicago at the “Sears Tower” asked me if I wanted to come on over to their pad and hang, I was all “sure! Be right over in a few!”
Okay, maybe they didn’t ask if I wanted to “hang” but I feel like that is what the Sears Tower would say to me if we were BFF’s and I do feel like we are BFF’s…

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