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Weekend 9.3

A brief rant about smut merchants & the abortion law, plus some really fun sales. Think: Reformation linen, Cami NYC, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom & more.
In 2004, Joanne Webb, a mother, a Baptist, and a former schoolteacher in Burleson, TX, was arrested for being a ‘smut merchant’(1). If you are unclear on exactly what makes one a ‘smut merchant’ (or if you’d like some direction on how to pursue this very intriguing career path), Joanne was simply holding “Passion Parties,” which were basically the Tupperware...

Weekend 8.29

The school supply list included things like a $200 calculator, “intermediate” scissors, turtle food, a 3-inch binder filled with 67 sheets of paper, a single tissue if your last name ends with an ‘R’, and 3 wings of bat.
School starts in T-3 days, so I’ve gotta keep this short and sweet. Obviously I have not finished shopping for school supplies. And if you immediately translated “not finished shopping” into “haven’t even started” than either you are a long-time reader or a dear, personal friend and either way a gold star(!!) on your chore chart!! Or whatever they’re called. I’ve never...
Thank you to QVC & ShopStyle Collective for sponsoring this post! I'm in the process of purchasing my first home, and let me tell you all, I've got a list that is a mile long for all the things I'll need! New furniture, cleaning supplies, all the tools and gadgets for the many DIY projects I envision myself doing...and at...

Weekend 8.21

I am a big ball of angry right now. I’m angry about Afghanistan. I’m angry about Haiti. I’m angry about climate change & a very real Delta variant problem.
One of my best friends is from Venezuela. She came to the US as a teen, and her English is basically perfect. I say “basically” because she still shortens my name to “Chay” (which frankly, I love), and while she can argue in English just fine, if she’s really mad, her English starts to go. Once she -- now famously --...
Getting divorced is a HUGE financial turning point. SO, a bit of a financial planning checklist for women in the process of a divorce. Budget, assets, credit & more.
I'm so happy to have Megan Miller from Harbor Wealth Management here to share her expertise! Megan (and, initially, her mom) have been our financial planners (saviors?) for years, and have helped us navigate from our broke 20s, through the financial-rock-bottom years of having babies, and now into our 40s where we're starting to discuss those long-term plans that...

Weekend 8.14

We’re back home in Marquette, MI visiting my mom and sister for a bit.  Scotti’s doing shockingly well, now only 4 weeks post-op.  We’re doing our usual things: going out to dinner, heading to the beach, and while she does get tired faster, you wouldn’t even know that she recently had brain surgery.  Her face is still half-paralyzed, but...
Back-to-school means shopping for school supplies, plus routines & home organization for keeping kids on schedule & ready for class. We're on it, Mama.
I LOVE summer and all the freedom (and ice cream) it offers, but I am the first to admit...by the end of August, I am SO ready to put an end to my kids' late nights, terrible eating, and general chaos our summers devolve in to. Routines calm me. Yes, Shana...roll those eyes and give me a big "I want...

Weekend 8.7

We're thinking shapeless dressing, excited about the Faherty X Doug Good Feather collab + Madewell's plus size collection & shopping a few more sales.
I came up with a tentative after-school schedule for the boys yesterday. This is notable only because school doesn’t start for a few more weeks, and my move is usually to wait until the last minute and then scramble.  “Early August?? Look at you!” Linzi said. But I could hear the note of concern in her voice. Immediately, I’m annoyed. Both that she assumed...

Weekend 7.31

It's our anniversary, so a bit of an ode to the hubs. That, plus luxe loungewear, a yen to get outside & some really good earrings. Join us.
Mike and I have been married 22 years today. We have actually spent several recent years “celebrating” our anniversary on the wrong day (oops), until my Mom corrected us. And by “celebrating” I mean doing one of those horribly depressing adult things, the “oh hey, Babe! It’s our anniversary today!”  sudden-realization thing. If we’re lucky, one of us is able to run...
I’m officially two weeks out from surgery & I’m feeling a little better each day. My face is still paralyzed, but there’s more movement, little by little.
Gratitude. I'm feeling a deep, overwhelming sense of gratitude for my family, my friends, my community—for you guys. For your words, your messages, your prayers…they helped me more than I’ll ever be able to express properly. Thank you barely scratches the surface. Despite the circumstances surrounding it, feeling that kind of outpouring of love is nothing short of life-changing. It will always...

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