Real Life

Hi friends.  Happy you're here today!  I am so excited to share with you that I am busy planning our family summer vacation.  That's right, it's almost the middle of July and I am just now getting on this.  I guess you can say we aren't so good at planning in advance. We are now planning a trip to northern California and part of Oregon.  Want to follow along in the planning process?  I could sure use your help.  In exchange, I will share with you my strategy for planning our trip. Honestly, it's not always easy working around the schedules of your kids.  I ...
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Hello friends!  How are you?  I was feeling pretty good about recent sewing projects and then the tension on the machine got all messed up.  Now I am cursing sewing projects.  Yep, that's pretty much how it goes if you're me.  Anyway, enough about my issues.  I am thrilled to be back with another Hodgepodge.  I am linking with Joyce at From This Side of the Pond along with many other bloggers to answer her questions.  Today's questions take us back in time to our childhood.  Kind of fun reminiscing.  Next week, I'll be taking a break from the Hodgepodge for some family time.  However, ...
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Hello sweet friends!  You probably cannot believe that I am actually posting on a regular schedule.  That's right, it's Wednesday and time to share what I'm wondering about these days.  You know, those random things that pop into your head and you wonder....someone surely has to agree with me on this.  Or, really?  That can't be right.  They're the things about which  you can't seem to get a real answer.  You know, you just wonder about them.  Many of those type of thoughts are actually about my kids and the things that come out of their mouths.  However, those are not always fit to share ...
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Hi there.  Glad you're here!  We are mid week for those of you still working hard every day.  For those of you on summer break, like me, it's another day in paradise. 🙂  So, what have you been up to?  I've been busy on a few project around the house, which you will be seeing soon.  I've also been fabric shopping so that I can complete my master makeover that I started here.  That means more projects are on my horizon before we head back to school.  In the meantime, I'm linking up with Joyce from From This Side of the Pond again for this ...
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Hello friends!  I was reading a blog recently, Sizzling Toward Sixty  and stumbled upon this post.  In it Sue talks about taking a challenge to write a list of 99 things she loves.  Although intimidated at first, she did it.  I loved the idea of taking some time to think of all the things that I love and am grateful for.  Isn't it funny how when you really stop and think you realize how much you already have in life?  I know I take a lot for granted.  I'm happy to have put in writing some things that I love. 99 Things I Love  the holiday ...
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Hello friends.  It's almost time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Last year at this time I was introduced to the sale ~ and the rest, as they say, is history.  I am now a fan of Nordstrom and shop there frequently.  If you're anything like me you might be thinking that Nordstrom is a little too pricey for your budget.  I had that same impression.  However, that is 100% untrue ~ especially if you shop their sale.  Don't get me wrong, there are definitely designer, high-dollar items as well; they are just what I look for when I'm shopping. 🙂  Today, I thought I would ...
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Who doesn't love mac and cheese?  I've loved it since I was a child.  Isn't it just good old-fashioned comfort food?  Yes.  Which means, I can't have it often. However, every once in a while you just gotta have some.  Right?  Well, today I am sharing the absolute best, most yummy mac and cheese in the history of ever. Okay, let me preface this whole thing by telling you I am by no means suggesting that I am some fabulous chef with fantastic cooking skills.  Truth be told, I don't really even like cooking that much.  I do love to cook if I'm entertaining, but ...
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Hello friends.  I am knee-deep in projects around here.  How's your summer going?  I have started a HUGE project on my patio.  If you've been following along on Facebook, you might already have a good idea of what it is.  Stay tuned, I'll definitely be sharing details soon.  Today though is Wednesday, and that means it's time for me to share what I've been wondering lately.  You know, those random thoughts that pop into your head and frequently, you can't get a straight answer to them.  womp womp  Anyway, let's get going. Why is when you feel you have so much to do and so ...
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Good morning friends!  Happy hump day for those of you who are still doing the work thing.  I am basking in the glow of having NO schedule.  That's right, I have no place I must be and nothing pressing to do.  Well, except for laundry, cleaning, and hauling kids.  I never said life was perfect. 🙂  Anyway, it's time for the weekly link up with From This Side of the Pond for some random Hodgepodge questions and answers.  Enjoy! 1. The first day of summer rolls in later this week. What are ten things you'd put on your list of  quintessential summer activities? Will you ...
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Good morning & happy Monday!  I should have already had this post ready to go, at least according to my posting schedule.  However, for some reason I cannot seem to get myself on top of things.  Weird, right?  I've been at this blogging thing for 6 months and doing it while working full-time.  Now, it's summer break and I have more time on my hands.  Oddly enough, I cannot get it together.  I have a lot of irons in the fire and am not completing any of it.   So, though I had planned on working this out a little more, I am going to ...
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