Happiness is ______ {2014-W12} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W8} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Moms’ Night Out Movie – Parents of All Kinds MUST See

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I planned this whole big “Moms’ Night Out” with my San Antonio blogging friends. We were going to view the free pre-screening of the new Moms’ Night Out movie at the Regal theatre at 7pm, but meet for drinks at the Perico’s Grill next door at 5:30. I organized this get together for Maria with [...]

Have Coffee with Skimbaco Lifestyle, and This AMAZING Mocha Coffee Cake Recipe!

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I am SO excited to share with you this guest post by my good friend, Katja Presnal. Katja and her adventurous family are the absolute definition of carpe diem and living life to the fullest (her motto), as she lives her “Happiness Is’ wherever life takes her, which is currently on a countryside in SWEDEN! [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Fifty} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

(A Not So Typical) Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-Four} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Super Mario Party Ideas – How to Throw a Fun Mario Party

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On a sunny Sunday in April, we threw a HUGE Mario Party at our house. We invited over a gaggle of friends to nosh on some fantastic Whole Foods catering and enjoy playing some wonderful new games on Nintendo’s new Wii U game system. I think the only thing missing from the party was a [...]

Fun Photos at #typeacon

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This is what happens when Baby V’s sleeping head began to roll off my shoulder just as the picture of Cecily “eating” her head was snapped. HILARIOUS! Talking (and drooling) to friends at the AboutOne cocktail hour We got all kinds-of dressed up for the Ubisoft 80′s party. Baby V liked being dressed up at [...]

I Looked Okay On The Outside

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I smiled all of the time and meant it most of the time even though some of the times I didn’t want to smile, but actually cry Openly. In someone’s arms like I was a kid seeking refuge in my mother’s arms after being wronged except the only wrong inflicted was from myself my own [...]

Twilight Zone Kind-of Weird

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Have you ever awakened to be greeted by a stranger-than-normal day? As if your alarm clock’s ring was the theme song to the Twilight Zone, and everything you do and experience feels strange, pegging your day as one best spent in bed instead of trying to get anything done? That was my day yesterday. I [...]

Nesting and Happy Baby Mail

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This weekend has been a flurry of wonderful weather, an excellent burst of energy, and lots and lots of nesting. It has felt marvelous to be on my feet all day (words you never thought you’d hear from a fully pregnant, ready-to-go-at-any-time, right?), and getting everything “ready” for this baby’s arrival. Slowly but surely I [...]

Mom 2.0 – Just What This Writer-Mom Needed

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I have to unpack my mind as well as my suitcase, both are full from the past three days. Having clothed me this weekend, fuller by the day, chock-full of memorable trinkets, gluttonous moments made, and brimming with intention and new-found purpose after recharging my writer-battery. I am so filled with happy, I could probably piss [...]

Mom 2.0 Summit and The Traveling Mom Conundrum – Keeping it Real

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450 of you will see me this weekend at Mom 2.0 in New Orleans, and I’m gonna have on all kinds-of cute things from my wardrobe that NEVER get to see the light of day, except for occasions like this. I’m going to wear actual big-girl makeup, have the ability to leisurely slurp coffee without [...]

1000th Post! Whoa.

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I saw this on my dashboard this morning. I was completely taken aback, folks. Firstly, I haven’t posted since Tuesday? Sheesh! Guess I’ve been really busy. More importantly – One-thousand posts. Wow! I can’t believe how much I’ve written and shared with you all in the past three-and-a-half years. How much we’ve gone through here [...]

The Untold Rules for Military Goodbyes

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We stood there together, our pride busting through our collective skin, excited for our children, feeling rather celebratory for their win today at the County Social Studies Fair. We joked around, as we normally do, our families are so very close to one another, and we always razz each other, pretend punches to the arm, [...]

Virtual Holiday “Roast” of Collective Bias Member Nicole Rosen of FinanceDiva.com

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Twas the months before Christmas, when all through the walletNot a penny was wasted, not even out of pocket.The purses were hung by the laptop with care,In hopes that The Finance Diva soon would be there. The parents were nestled all snug in their beds,While visions of savings bonds danced in their heads.And momma with [...]

Project You Magazine – Did You See (Me)?

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The folks over at RoleMommy.com have made absolute magic with a wonderful new magazine called Project You. I feel blessed that I got to be a part of it for their inaugural issue. From their website: Project You is all about you – joys and challenges you face while also being nurse, confidante, chauffeur, teacher, [...]

A Little (More) About Me

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It wasn’t until I was surrounded by fellow bloggers again this past weekend that I realized I probably should’ve thrown up a post like this, to give new folks an idea of what a whackadoo nice person I am. Ahem. So, instead, I’m sharing now. With anyone who cares to read. Perhaps maybe, even if [...]

A Photo Recap of #Blogher10

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How do you put into words memories like this? Do you see the huge grin on my daughter’s face? That’s the “I can’t wait to show all the kids at school,” “This family trip doesn’t suck,” “My mom is pretty cool for bringing me to this event” face. (Well, maybe not the last one.) Meeting [...]

Nintendo Wii and Netflix Party (and Giveaway!)

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 I’ve grown up worshipping Nintendo all my life, owning every game system they ever created. I mean, who doesn’t have fond memories of playing Tetris all hours of the night and saving the princess in Zelda as a kid? Working with them as a Brand Ambassador is pretty much the awesomest “job” ever, if you [...]

A Super Hero Kind-of Day with Spiderman & Iron Man 2

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Spiderman came to visit the children of Fort Polk last Friday at the ACS Fest. With boys, you can’t help but be a Super Hero lover, and Spidey has always been one of our faves. My toddler, however, is all-Princesses, all the time. Spiderman-who? was her take on this. But she sat, eagerly awaiting entertainment, [...]

To Do Tuesday Week 56 – Thank You

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If this is your first time reading and you’re wondering what To-Do Tuesday is all about, click to check out the first post to find out more. Firstly, can I just please say how grateful I am for all the love and support you’ve all shown me? I’m going to staple myself to my desk [...]

For My Friends

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Written by Heather from The Extraordinary Ordinary When Lisa asked me to guest post, I knew right away I wanted to send her a post about friends. That’s because Lisa and I met nearly two years ago, right here, through blogging and she’s become one. Lisa is that kind of girl, isn’t she? The kind [...]

Candlelight Thoughts

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I let the ferocious “momma bear” instinct get the better of me earlier when I became defensive on behalf of Shellie, as she fielded many attacks from those doubting and questioning her loss on Twitter. It became simply too much to bear, I had to step away. How can people be so cruel in a [...]

Fellow Military Wife Shellie Needs Prayers

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Let me introduce you to a good friend of mine, Shellie, a fellow military wife and blog-friend (holding my Baby Dude). She has suffered an unimaginable loss. Her youngest, only two-years-old, was found at the bottom of their pool at their new home, and died. My heart bleeds for her. Words can’t even begin to [...]

Visit Me!

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Watch out, I’ve got my target acquired. Or, maybe that’s just my Baby Dude. Read more at 5MinutesforParenting.com, where lil ‘ol me has contributed once again to their Daily Dose of Humor section! Have you noticed the new Savvy Source widget in my sidebar? (See below) Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting Crazy Adventures in [...]

Happy Blogsgiving Day 5 – Sarah The Ohana Mama

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Happy Black Friday! Today’s last Happy Blogsgiving showcase is on blogger Sarah from The Ohana Mama. First of all, can Sarah possibly get any cuter, seriously? She’s this itty-bitty, petite little thing, as is evident by her picture here (but don’t go thinking she’s merely a youngin‘), with the biggest smile and bright eyes. Ever. [...]