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Hey there!  I am so glad you decided to stop by today.  I am already mourning the loss of summer.  It's time for me to start getting ready for a new school year.  I hate to lose my free time, having no schedule, and getting to read as much as I like.  On the other hand, I like having routine - I seem to be more productive that way, and I have missed my friends.  Anyway, I have had time to do some reading this summer, and I'm here to share with you my summer reads - and they are ALL good!  So, if you ...
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A handbag is not only your personal workhorse, it is also the way to a better life.
Hi friends.  Are you a handbag girl like me?  Does the thought of a brand new bag make you almost giddy?  Do you, too, have a collection of bags that you will not part with?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then you and I are soul sisters. 🙂  I have been a purse carrying girl since I could walk, and I'm not even exaggerating.  #askmymom  I'd like to think I have a good eye for bags as well.  Maybe a handbag is my spirit animal.  I know for sure that a handbag can make your life better.  Let's chat about it ...
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Oh no! It's coming...faster than I would like...back to school time. Time to load up on those back to school supplies.  That's right friends, it's time to start thinking about sending those sweet little kiddos back to school. That means it's also time for teachers to start preparing for the year ahead too.  If you're a teacher, like me, then you already know how important it is for you to be happy in your classroom.  You want to use tools that make you feel happy and allow you to work more efficiently.  So, I've created a teacher school supplies must-have list.  These are the things ...
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Here are my hits and misses from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
Hello ladies.  Have you taken advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?  Well, I did.  You might remember that I posted about my picks from the sale here.   Well, as it turns out, there was WAY more included in the sale than was in the catalog.  This required a little picking and choosing on my part.  #youcanthaveitall  #canyou?  Anyway, today I am going to update you on what I did pick and what I kept. In case you don't know, one of the reasons I love Nordstrom is because of how easy they make it to shop.  You can order online and shipping is always ...
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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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It's summer!  Hooray!  That means we have a little more down time.  Our schedules ease up a bit and we allow ourselves time to do the things we enjoy.  And, if you're like me, you don't have any set schedule.  In other words, you are free as a bird.  So, if you like lounging and reading all day, you do it!  With this mind-set in mind, I have come up with my top 20 binge worthy shows and the books that have made my summer reading list.  Maybe one or two of these will appeal to you too. So, here's my top 20 shows that ...
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Father's Day will be here before we know it.  It's time to start planning a wonderfully, unique gift for your dad or for Hubs, dad to your kids.  Now, I know that Pinterest abounds with gazillions of ideas for handmade cards and craft projects that the kids can make for dad.  Those are wonderful.  However, I also like to give a gift that is useful or something that he would really want.  In addition, most men are not super sentimental.   So, while I am sure they love the cute little hand print art, they would also love something awesome.  Lucky for you I've rounded ...
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Alright girls, it's officially swimsuit time.  I dread this time of year EVERY year.  However, I live in Texas where's it is HOT.  So, it's either wear a swimsuit or hibernate from June - October.  No joke.  It's hot here.  Anyway, I am not her to tell you how to not dread it, but I am here to tell you about a place where I've had some swimsuit luck.  That's right.  I have found swimsuits you will not dread wearing.  #theholygrailofswimsuits So, a couple of years ago I found this little online shop.  I'm sure I found it from some Pinterest picture.  I really did ...
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If you're a regular reader here, it is no secret that I love to read.  I've written about it here and here.  I always have at least one book going, and sometimes two.  I've always been a reader and have (hopefully) instilled a love of reading in my boys as well.  So, I have read lots of books over the years.  Today, I'm sharing with you a few recent picks.  Maybe you will find one that sounds good to you too.  Alright, let's get this show on the road. 🙂 ~ note~ I found all the book overviews at Barnes and Noble as well as the ...
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Hey there!  I am so glad you decided to stop by today.  I am already mourning the loss of summer.  It's time for me to start getting ready for a new school year.  I hate to lose my free time, having no schedule, and getting to read as much as I like.  On the other hand, I like having routine - I seem to be more productive that way, and I have missed my friends.  Anyway, I have had time to do some reading this summer, and I'm here to share with you my summer reads - and they are ALL good!  So, if you ...
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Hi friends.  Are you a handbag girl like me?  Does the thought of a brand new bag make you almost giddy?  Do you, too, have a collection of bags that you will not part with?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then you and I are soul sisters. 🙂  I have been a purse carrying girl since I could walk, and I'm not even exaggerating.  #askmymom  I'd like to think I have a good eye for bags as well.  Maybe a handbag is my spirit animal.  I know for sure that a handbag can make your life better.  Let's chat about it ...
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Well hello there!  Chances are if you're reading this, you are a parent with a kiddo heading back to school.  You're probably excited to get back to a routine and dreading getting back to a routine - in equal measures.  Summer is nice, right?  Moving at your own pace, doing whatever feels good for the day.  Once everyone starts school or schedules really aren't our own anymore. 🙁  On top of those mixed emotions is also the headache of getting your child ready to head back.  Lucky for you, I have a teacher's insight for back to school.  I can help you get yourself and ...
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Hi there friends.  How are you and how's your week?  I have discovered a Netflix show this past week that I have binge watched it for HOURS.  I could be ashamed at this blatant waste of time, but hey...it's the end of my summer and I'm soaking it in.  Have you watched Bloodline?  It's one of those you can't stop watching.  Check it out.  Anyway, today I'm sharing this week's Hodgepodge questions. You know, where I link up with Joyce from From This Side of the Pond and other bloggers to answer some random questions.  So let's jump right in. 1. Do you try to ...
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Oh no! It's coming...faster than I would like...back to school time. Time to load up on those back to school supplies.  That's right friends, it's time to start thinking about sending those sweet little kiddos back to school. That means it's also time for teachers to start preparing for the year ahead too.  If you're a teacher, like me, then you already know how important it is for you to be happy in your classroom.  You want to use tools that make you feel happy and allow you to work more efficiently.  So, I've created a teacher school supplies must-have list.  These are the things ...
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Hello ladies.  Have you taken advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?  Well, I did.  You might remember that I posted about my picks from the sale here.   Well, as it turns out, there was WAY more included in the sale than was in the catalog.  This required a little picking and choosing on my part.  #youcanthaveitall  #canyou?  Anyway, today I am going to update you on what I did pick and what I kept. In case you don't know, one of the reasons I love Nordstrom is because of how easy they make it to shop.  You can order online and shipping is always ...
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Hello friends.  It's Wednesday so that means it's time for me to dump all the random junk in my head; all the things I'm wondering.  Maybe you can answer some of these conundrums.  As you read this I will be mid-road trip with all my boys.  I am excited to go and have a solid week of uninterrupted family time, but let's just say that a family road trip has some pros and definitely some cons.  In fact, some of the downside things are exactly the things that I'm wondering about.  You know, like, how much CAN they actually eat?  Why are they so loud? ...
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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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