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our summer in pictures (plus a big surf waterpark giveaway)

This summer I took a bit of a bloggy hiatus. If you’re a blogger too you know how time consuming blogging can be.  Between my 3 out-of-school teenagers and my paying gigs, other things needed to be cut. There are only so many hours in the day, no? Our school district is on a year-round schedule and my kids are already back to school, while much of the country is still in the middle of their summer break. Our summer break is only 7 weeks long and I know if I think it’s short, my kids definitely do. Nonetheless, back…

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an update post

Have you missed me? (Crickets.) When I look at my homepage I see three Wednesday Linkies in a row and nothing of any substance. Sorry. That’s lame of me. So what do you say we do a totally random-stream of consciousness-catch all update post? Because that’s basically where I’ve been the past few weeks…everywhere and nowhere all at once. Nothing bad or wrong, but I’ve had a hard time focusing on one thing when there’s 35 things I could (or should) be doing. So here’s me over the last few weeks, since you asked… The holidays are fast approaching, my…

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weekend in pictures

This weekend came and went in a flash. There was a lot going on in these parts… The never-ending hardscaping/landscaping projects took a big leap forward this week. We have everything ready for a front patio to be poured shortly. On Saturday I got to participate in a blogging panel at a one day PR conference. Becca from Our Crazy Boys and I made the early trip up to Phoenix for the day and it was a great time sharing with PR folks. I finally got to meet Sara from Mom Endeavors, Julie from A Little Bit of Life, and Wendy…

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this summer we…

Amazing but true, our summer ended one month ago today. Being on a “modified year round” school system means we get 7 weeks of Summer and that’s that. I know its short when I’m not even ready for school to start (but a nice three week Fall break is right around the corner). So I thought I’d recap our Summer in pictures. We packed in a lot in 7 weeks… We read (almost) every day. We went to Monterey and visited the always amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium. We went to the beach…several times. We helped best college friends move. We planted…

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spark & hustle conference: you just never know

    So yesterday I took a little road trip up to Scottsdale with Karen (Desert Chica Ramblings) and Becca (Our Crazy Boys) to attend a one day event for women business owners and entrepreneurs called Spark & Hustle. It is the brainchild of Tory Johnson, Good Morning America contributor and creator of Women for Hire. Spark & Hustle Phoenix is the 18th stop of a 20 city tour for 2012. The conference aims to support and encourage women in their business ventures. Speakers included Julia Baker, creator of Julia Baker Confections, Becki Crosby, founder of Whippy Cake, and Chris Freytag (she was my fave…), National Health and Wellness…

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i don’t know how she does it {movie review}

Last night I had some work to finish up, so as I’ll often do, I popped in a movie after everyone was in bed and planted myself on the couch. I had my eye on this movie for a while and I was intrigued. What was I Don’t Know How She Does It going to say about the roles of working mothers? Was it going to shed new light and solutions on the age old debate/question/dilema? Why I’m surprised it was one of the stupidest movie I’ve seen, I don’t know. But I guess I was hoping Hollywood would leave…

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it’s my {midweek} birthday and i’ll {take the day off} if i want to…

The calendar tells me its my forty se…ghhahhsshhhhh… birthday, whether I like it or not. So why fight it? Lets make a day of it. First, I’ll probably… pay a visit to {my} Starbucks pick out some new yarn at the fabric store do some crocheting and lunch with Husband. I’ll most likely… not do the dishes not do anything resembling work and I’ll turn off the email push notifications on my phone. Perhaps I’ll… go see a totally tear jerker chick flick and window shop at the mall. I might even… take Baskin Robbins up on my free birthday cone….

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new year’s…continuations

I totally love making New Year’s resolutions…whether in my head or out loud, tormenting my family to go through the tradition of listing them with me. I know Im not going to accomplish half of them, but for me its sort of like making a to do list…it inspires me to give it a go. And if I’m lucky, the momentum of doing something new (and usually health/fitness related) carries me through (for a few months, at least). This year the holidays were pretty hectic and didn’t have a single minute to “go there” in my brain. When I started…

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all I want for christmas is you…

Our holidays were filled with cheer… fun… smiles… (and good smellin’ cool dudes)… teaching and learning… tradition… Hope yours was too…