The Importance of Our Parents Staying Healthy #AgingWell

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I participated in this program on behalf of Aetna and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. The holidays always bring about a sense of nostalgia for me, and a yearning to be the arms of my family once more. We’re unable to travel to see them this weekend for Thanksgiving, so I’m sitting here, […]

My Son’s Steelers Game Surprise {Video}

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See this face? This is the face of a kid who was tricked into thinking he was going to Ikea with his dad but they were really going to the Steelers game in Charlotte instead. My son thought he was earning $50 helping my husband. He had no idea what he was REALLY getting! This […]

Today, He’s Ten

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I don’t know how we got here. To double-digits, just like that. I blinked, and my curly-haired, sweet-faced, wide-eyed boy suddenly is ten. I scoured every memory card, online album, and blog post for images of him over the last decade. Ten years of raising my sweet boy. (TEN, OMG!!) His hospital picture. At an […]

Fun 80’s Shows to Show the Kids (& Netflix Giveaway) #StreamTeam

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I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. Do you remember your favorite shows from when you were a kid? I used to remember sitting on my parent’s checkered-print couch in the crook of my mom’s arm watching Dallas, or Bosom Buddies, or Night Rider. Gosh, just saying those names brings me right back […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W15} #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 ______ {Week Thirty-Eight} #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 […]

My Thirty Year Old Gift

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I knew the bowling balls were stored away in a box somewhere, I just didn’t exactly remember where we’d put them when we redid the garage. With the way the kids have trashed the garage playing in it this summer, I had little faith that my husband would emerge from the depths of “garage hell” […]

Childhood Chore Memories

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“Mommy? Are you doing dishes?!” She calls to me from another room. “WAIT!” She barrels into the room, hopped up on corn bread from dinner, spinning around looking for her chair. “Don’t do anymore dishes without me!” Finally finding the kid chair in the pantry – the chair she uses as a step-stool – she […]

The Story of Our First Home Purchase

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This post is brought to you by Genworth and Brandfluential. When the orders finally came down to leave Fort Polk, we couldn’t have been more excited. Finally, after three long years stuck in the woods, secluded from civilization, we were leaving! Hooray! I swear, my husband practically showed anyone who he came across that he […]

And Then She Said “Mama”

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Baby V finally said it! I’ve endured “Dada” for months, and “Nana” and “Tata” and “Gaga” but never “Mama.” And there we were, just finishing up her third feeding of the day with Target up&up baby pouches, and maybe she was licking her lips? Maybe she was maneuvering her tongue around for that last little […]

November Twenty and Birthday Reflections

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I’ve lived thirty-six years on this earth, and every time I see November 20th on a food expiration date, or advertised online, or written/typed anywhere, I revert back to being a kid again to proclaim (if only in my head) “Hey! That’s MY birthday!” I still can’t believe I’m not a kid anymore. Sometimes I’ll […]

Playdate at the Park and Proof Mom Truly Exists

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I’m the picture-taker. The memory-preserver. The life-capturer. But when I’m the one behind the camera shooting all the time, I’m rarely in the shots themselves, unless I use my DSLR with remote. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen right now, because I broke the lock off my memory card a few weeks back, and rendered […]

When Pause is Needed

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Back when I was a kid, if we liked an evening show, we’d have to be done with chores, eating, homework, baths/showers to sit down to be able to watch, or we’d miss it. You would hear “Shh, the program is on!” being called from parents to rowdy children in the next room, because you […]

Meet Lisa Douglas, Former Brace-Face

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I was the unfortunate victim of being a thumb-sucker when I was young. This only helped my dentist (later orthodontist) stay in business, because I was quite addicted to that tasty kid-sized thumb. So addicted, in fact, I had created quite an overbite on myself, forcing my childhood dentist to give me a retainer in […]

Déjà Vu Big Sister Style

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As I was busy frying up some ground turkey for dinner, my oldest came around the corner holding my youngest. I immediately inhaled and told her to STOP.RIGHT.THERE. I had to get the camera (or, my trust iPad). I had to show her what I was seeing in my mind’s eye and remembering like it […]

The Playlist of Your Life

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It was September 26th, 2008, and I felt as big as a house, being a day overdue with Baby Dude. I delved head first into the music folder on my then-desktop computer and played the dancier of my tunes to rock out a bit, hoping to dance the baby out. One of my more happier […]

What Mom Used To Be. And What She Wants To Become.

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I cried during yoga today. I cried as I stretched and breathed and visualized the person I want to be again, the person I fought so hard to become, the person I’ve let slip away. — When I picked up the kids from after their awards ceremony, they were in the dance instructional room. “It […]

Blogging Inspiration from SARK

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When you’re in college, you go through that self-discovery phase – who am I? What am I doing on this Earth? What am I going to be when I grow up? Am I ready to take on the world? I loved my college campus, sitting underneath the beautiful trees, soaking up the sun, reading a […]

Mother’s Day Magic

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Two years ago, I had arguably the worst Mother’s Day ever. My husband was away, I was sick, and the kids completely forgot the day altogether. Not only did they forgot about it, they didn’t even bother to help their ailing mother, either. It was so odd in it’s awfulness how it all went down […]

Tales from My Outdoorsy, Dirt-Filled Childhood

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Seeing the gigantic unopened ten-pound bag of potatoes was enough for me to crave a nice, bitey potato salad. As I washed, peeled and marveled at the size of some of these monsters from the fresh sack, the smell of soil and earth infiltrated my nostrils. I couldn’t help but close my eyes at the […]

A Happy Birthday Lesson (To Me)

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Today, as I celebrate being thirty-five years young, and (not) celebrating having to check off the 35-44 category on questionnaires now (instead of the 25-34 category), I am proof that you’re never too old or too young to keep learning new, valuable lessons. Even on your birthday. —- Yesterday, when my husband took (most of) […]

4:44pm

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On Friday, May 6th at 12:30pm, we received word the sellers for House Pick #2 were willing to work with us. We piled into our car to drive to San Antonio (again) to make it happen. On Saturday, May 7th at 8:30am-ish, we were up, finishing breakfast, and mulling over eggs in a complete ball […]

2010 Recap – Holy Crap, Where Does the Time Go?

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Looking back at 2010, it’s amazing how fast it all went. I remember some of these happening like it was yesterday, and yet, it was a YEAR AGO. Whoa. Dude! Here’s a quick recap of our family’s year in 2010.  January – My kids have contortionist sleeping issues, Christmas tree woes, Mommy gets pissed off […]

Family Comparison Pictures – Then and Now

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Every so often, I get pulled into the archives of our pictures, looking for something. It marvels me when I see comparisons and similarities in shots from the past to present. I encourage you to do similar things like this, poses almost exact as past-shots, just so you can measure the changes in your children […]

Old-School Me Circa 1980s-1990s (Cue the Blushing)

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In just over a week I’ll be attending the Type-A Mom Conference in which I, Lisa Douglas, will be the deejay for the 80’s-90’s Flashback party Sunday night. I’m scouring the internet for the FUNNEST, most OUTRAGEOUS throwback costume I can find, complete with crimping iron and bangle bracelets. I go ALL out, people. Until […]

Rollercoasters, Recovering, Washington D.C. and Thankfulness

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Vacation took it’s toll on me. I ran on all cylinders while away, and sometimes even surpassed that. Being away on a whirlwind road trip vacation through 13 states is exhilaration (and exhaustion) enough, let alone coupling it with BlogHer and 2500 comrades-in-arms in blogland. Doing it back to back has sent my poor body […]

Best. Picture. Ever. from #roadtrip2010 (Day 5)

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Part of our road trip took us to Williamsburg, Virginia. Specifically Busch Gardens. With the yearly Anheuser-Busch “Here’s to the Heroes” offer, we used to go to Busch Gardens once a year when we lived close by, on the east coast. It will always hold a special place in our hearts, and this particular visit […]