CHOP CHOP?

I’m contemplating a hair chop. This happens just about every year at this exact time. I love my hairstylist/dear friend because she understands my indecisiveness. Pinterest has only exacerbated this problem because once I start clicking on cute bobs, more of them appear in my feed. Here are a few of my faves at the moment:

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MY NEW LOVE FOR QUEEN

Soooo… I don’t like the word hate. I’ll just say I strongly disliked Queen’s music my entire life. And I dabble in all genres of music. But, Queen? I just didn’t get it. Well, until now. I just (finally) watched Bohemian Rhapsody.

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PERSPECTIVE

When you replace, ‘why is this happening to me?’ with ‘what is this trying to teach me?’ - everything shifts. Wow. I felt those words this morning as I scrolled my Pinterest feed. Mainly because I had that very epiphany a while back as I lay in my bed, physically and emotionally spent after my sixth miscarriage.

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WHY WE WORK

Something I get asked a lot… how do you and Matthew make it all work? People say we look so happy and seem to have it all together. What’s our secret? Well, before I answer that let me assure you… while we are happy, we do NOT have it all figured out and we definitely do NOT have it all together!

That said, here’s my relationship advice. I am definitely not an expert. But, from past relationships I took away lessons. I know what doesn’t work. And, after 17 years together, I now know what does. For us, anyway.

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GREEN TEA

I’m not a coffee drinker. I tried. It’s just not my thing. But, I do love sipping on something hot and Lord knows I need the caffeine. So, I started drinking tea on the regular. Then, I read about the benefits of green tea and now I’m obsessed. I just found the BEST I’ve ever had.

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A COMPELLING BOOK

Whoa. THAT was quite a book. I just finished reading ‘A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming’ by Kerri Rawson… the daughter of the BTK serial killer. I have thoughts.

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TARGET AND EMOJIS

Two things. We’ve gotta talk Target and Emojis. First… Target.

Do you love shopping there as much as I do? Duh. You don’t even have to answer that. IT’S THE BEST! It’s… therapy. It’s… a problem. Let’s just say for as often as I pay my local store a visit, they really should send me a Christmas card. So, I was pretty bummed to see THIS!

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MAMA BEAR AT THE SOCCER FIELD

So, I’ve heard about over-the-top parents at kid’s sporting events. And I don’t mean the mamas clapping and shouting loudly for their baby out there on the field. I get that. I AM that! I’m talkin’ about the mean stuff. I got my first taste of that over the weekend.

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27 TIPS EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW

Shoutout to my daughter, Julianne, for this one! She (like pretty much every kid right now) is an avid YouTube watcher. She loves watching the 5-Minute Crafts KIDS channel. While watching this morning, she yelled for me to ‘come see’!

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THE CUTEST WATER BOTTLES

I am obsessed with these Spiritual Gangster water bottles! I got one for each of my nieces for Christmas and couldn’t help but pick up one for myself, too! Love the colors. Love the messages.

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GREAT MOVIE

The hubs and I don’t get very many date nights these days. So, when friends of ours asked not one but BOTH of our kids to sleep over last night, we basically skipped to the movie theater high-fiving all the way.

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YOU'VE GOTTA HEAR IT

Ok, when I heard Weezer’s version of Toto’s ‘Africa’ I thought it was quite possibly the best cover I’ve ever heard! I listened to it over and over and over… and funny thing?! I didn’t even love the original when it was a hit! HA! They made me love it all of these years later! So, they dropped a surprise album this week which includes that song… AND 9 OTHER COVERS! Ready for the track list?

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I'M SORRY, SWEET BOY

A 10-year-old Kentucky boy allegedly committed suicide after he was tormented at school for wearing a colostomy bag (full story here in case you missed it). This precious child took his own life because his classmates made fun of him. Sadly, our world is filled with horrible bullying stories. But, this one really hit me hard because while I was a grown woman and (to my knowledge) no one made fun of me… I wore a bag for a while and I understand the feelings that go along with it.

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FOR THE CHIP + JO OBSESSED

One of my favorite home décor items is my kitchen towel that says ‘if it’s not Chip + Joanna or chips + salsa, I’m not interested’ — so great, right? Um, and true. I’ve loved them forever and I was slightly depressed after they announced the end of Fixer Upper. But, didn’t we all know they weren’t just gonna kick back at the farm and do nothing?

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BODY SHAMING

Are you KIDDING me?! Have you been following along with the story about pop star Bebe Rexha (Meant to Be f/ Florida Georgia Line, I’m a Mess). She’s nominated for a couple of Grammy’s and is SO excited to attend the awards show… AS SHE SHOULD BE! What an honor! But, she’s seriously pissed… AS SHE SHOULD BE about the fact that her team has reached out to a bunch of designers to dress her for the event… and they won’t do it because of her size. SHE. IS. AN. 8. But, for the love, even if she was an 88… THAT IS INSANITY!

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MY SPECIALTY (OMG I ACTUALLY HAVE ONE)

Ok, a chef I am NOT. I mean, I can whip up dinner five nights a week to feed my family. But, don’t think that involves some sort of creativity and/or mad kitchen skills. Um, no. It typically involves my good pal Shake and Bake OR mostly the fact that my husband is not afraid to grill 365 days a year. He’s a smart man. He knows it’s a much safer option to put him in charge of the main dish.

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WIFE FAIL. SIGH.

I passed the hubs in the hall this morning and we high-fived. Just letting each other know we’re still around. Is anyone else right there with me? Anyone? Anyone? Our life feels so CRAZY sometimes.

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SELF-RESPECT

I saw the most perfect quote this morning (I’m a quote junkie, tons saved on my phone). ‘What you allow is what will continue’. Isn’t that the TRUTH? I can think of so many times in my life where I felt stuck in a situation that made me feel… icky. And, it wasn't until I mustered up the inner strength to step away that I felt good again.

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