APRIL FOOL’S IS AROUND THE CORNER how about a positive Pregnancy test

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I have often admitted that my mind is more twisted than the average bear. But as Meryl Streep says, “What makes you different or weird — that’s your strength.” At least that is what I tell my girls right now so they will keep speaking to their odd mother. So when I was thinking about a friend of mine, who spends all year strategizing one of her favorite days, April Fool's pranks have been popping up in my mind. Granted they are all over Pinterest, but I didn't want to have the old standard ... [ Read More ]

The Pee Book is on the NY Times Best Sellers List let the dancing begin

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Two years ago, I annoyed many of my readers, friends, and family with a little ole book called "I Just Want to Pee Alone." (Don't worry, I will only be annoying for one more day, and then back to work.) But I thought getting chosen to be included in this was wonderful enough and something I never thought would happen in my lifetime. But this morning, 37 co-authors of the first of the series of books, made it to big leagues. And everyone of us can now add “New York Times Best Selling Author” ... [ Read More ]

Take the Barfing out of Family Road Trips

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The other day my friend and I were discussing how we dreaded traveling with kids and it wasn’t for the reasons most parents have: “She crossed over the line and her finger is on my side!!” “Bobby took my headphones!” “Mom, Sarah won’t stop staring at me!” Oh, no, we both had the dreaded Car Barfer. After discussing this malady by the snack table at church, regarding traveling with kids on Spring Break, I realized that after I fought this “uphill” battle for 7 years, I could be ... [ Read More ]

The Power of a Hug

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Across the boards, bullying seems to be the new trend. Saturating the news are stories of people tearing each other down. Even Missouri’s Auditor and top Governor candidate Tom Schweich, who recently committed suicide, demonstrated that being a victim of harassment could be overwhelming. A local Home Owner Associations last week refused to let a 10 year-old girl struggling with Leukemia get her Make-a-Wish request granted because the playhouse didn’t fit their guidelines. Unfortunately, it ... [ Read More ]

You Don’t Have a Job Mom

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Do you dread going to work? Every Sunday night, do you curse the alarm clock, reminding you have 128 hours until you can clock out for the next weekend? You aren’t alone. According to an October 2013 Forbes article, 13 percent of workers have a strong passion for their job and employer. A whopping 63 percent are unhappy and “putting little energy into their work.” And the remaining 24 percent of American employees are what the Gallup folks call hatin’ on their jobs. With almost 90 percent ... [ Read More ]

Dolly Parton’s Diet Can’t be Beet

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One of my daughters is an extremely-selective eater. This isn’t news to anyone who has tried to feed her. She is maxed out on the “high maintenance” food plan. With that said, I have her try all foods, while attempting not to fill her head with preconceived notions. Just because I gag with some foods, does not mean that my daughters may not enjoy it. For instance, the last time we were eating at a good ‘ole cowboy steak house, the waiter welcomed us and said, “I’ll be back with your bees.” ... [ Read More ]

Volunteer Police put Folks Under Voodoo Spells

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“Excuse me. (tap, tap) Welcome, to the 2015 InsertAnyClubHere meeting. Before we start, I’m going to need a few volunteers.” Crickets chirp. “Where did everybody go?” Does this scenario sound familiar? Whether it’s your child’s school, a society, your church/temple/synagogue, you have surely witnessed this battle of the wills. As I see things, there are two types of people: “those who help” and “those who think they help, but are sorely incorrect.” What is it with people not ... [ Read More ]

Hey, Nurse! That is NOT a Smudge

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I grew up attending church almost every Sunday. My mother was raised Lutheran and my father had not gone to church as a child; therefore, the compromise was that my brother and I would attend a church which would have an interesting “speaker” pastor and great music. This way, Mom was happy we were getting churched, and Dad wouldn’t be bored. Immediately, when we started going on a regular basis, my mother placed me in the choir. I was in third grade. I’m not sure if I could carry a tune at ... [ Read More ]

VALENTINE’S DAY NOT SO SWEET

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Do you remember a time when Valentine’s Day was about young, sweet flirtations and chock full of excitement? And speaking of chalk…those dreadful tasting candy hearts were SUCH a hit. He gave me, “Be Mine!” Or better still, He thinks I’m a “Cutie Pie!” Ah, so creative, so deep, sheer poetry at its best! And do you remember making Valentine mailboxes out of your dad’s big-footed shoe box, so your loving suitors could cram bountiful love letters and joke cards into it? Then ever-so- ... [ Read More ]

Midlife CRAZY is Not Just for Men

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I’m a slow bloomer - at least in the midlife crisis department. I could give a rip how old I am, or that I don’t drive a sports car. Why stress over the fact that my abs are donned in a fat parka ready for the first hard freeze? But what I am noticing are scores of women making drastic changes in their lives. Once believing only men went through radical midlife plights, I am now forced to reevaluate my judgmental ways. I have known handfuls of women performing extraordinary measures ... [ Read More ]

Time to Get Your Love a Wooden Watch

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(This post is sponsored by JORD watches. I received a watch from them in return for my honest feedback. I cannot and will not be swayed by jewelry.) Valentine's Day is around the corner, and once again I'm unprepared. It sneaks up on me every year and I'm lucky if I get my hubby a card. (Note to self, add buying a card on my to-do list.) I blame my laziness weariness on Christmas. That whole 2-month festival wears me out. By February, I'm certainly not wanting to lift a finger to hit my ... [ Read More ]