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Humor, Motherhood, Travel

California. On a Kari and Anna Budget

A few years ago, Anna and I discussed going on a girls' trip after she graduated from high school. I'm not sure when we started talking about it, but it became less talk and more action over the last two years. Because when your teenager requests to vacation alone with you, you take it seriously. We also… Continue reading California. On a Kari and Anna Budget

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Favorite Things, Humor, Link Party

Green Doors Can Heal You

Anna goes back to college tomorrow and this week I've been sad about her leaving. By the end of next week, I will be good but this week is tough. My friend Rita said it best when she said, "it's like a long, slow breakup." It is like the first year she went away all… Continue reading Green Doors Can Heal You

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Motherhood, Parenting

Eighteen Years Ago

Seems like a lifetime ago and really, it was. My oldest daughter turns 18 tomorrow. Eighteen years ago this week, I was getting ready to have my first child. I was watching a movie a couple of weeks ago (OKAY IT WAS PRETTY IN PINK) and in it, Duckie was rewinding a tape deck in… Continue reading Eighteen Years Ago

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Family, Favorite Things, Life

Hummingbird

I thought this tied in well with Monday's post.  In full disclosure, I edited the ending because originally I said we were getting a hummingbird tattoo. We still haven't gotten it yet because life happened, then the pandemic happened. But my mom and I should do this together this year once it's safe. A bird… Continue reading Hummingbird

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Humor, Life, Link Party, Menopause, Music

Did You Know There Are 34 Menopause Symptoms?

First published November 20th, 2017 I've been going through perimenopause for the past ten years. Just kidding, it's only been two years. It only feels like ten. Because the symptoms of perimenopause are SUCKING MY SOUL RIGHT OUT OF MY BODY. According to the website 34 Menopause Symptoms Dot Com (yes, it's a real website), there… Continue reading Did You Know There Are 34 Menopause Symptoms?

Family, Summer, Travel

What Happens in Vegas Stays In Salt Lake City

Full disclosure: I wrote this title a week before we left to go on vacation. It was a witty title and as you know, those are hard to come by. So I wrote the title, pressed the Save Draft button and off I went to my normal non-blog writing summer life. In fact, I have… Continue reading What Happens in Vegas Stays In Salt Lake City