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You Blew It Easter Bunny!

My kids are finally at the ages when each holiday I wonder, “Is this is the one when they stop believing?”  I had a friend in college that told me her mother said, if any of her children told her they don’t believe in Santa or the Easter Bunny, then they won’t get presents.  She laughed when she told me that, and loved her mother’s need for her happy bubble of holding on to her children’s innocence. At the time I thought, while a sweet …

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Emotional Terrorist

I would like to start a support group.  I am going to call it P.E.T.; Parents of Emotional Terrorists.  It is really the perfect name because, A. who doesn’t like to be pet when they are going through an emotional shake down, and B. most pets are like little therapists when you are going through a hard time. Don’t think this is something that needs to exist? Well let me paint a little picture of how our support groups will go; come with me on …

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Have I told you lately that I love you?

I was fortunate to be able to hear Mel Robbins give a presentation at an event my company hosts, Refuel.  She was a little power house! Little, because she is petite, but man she owns that stage and looks like she is 6 feet tall up there!   Because of the event, I started subscribing to her newsletter.  Half of the time, well maybe more than half of the time, I end up deleting the email because I have a million emails to sort through …

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Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’

My family and I are going on a cruise in a little over a month, and I am TOTALLY freaking out.  I have a lot of anxiety issues that I try to keep hidden but as we are getting closer, they are all exploding! Let me tell you some of the things I am worried about. First, our cabin is 170 sq ft.  For 4 people! Um, what? That is going to be so cramped.  Also, there is only one queen sized bed in that …

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3-2-1 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So, it’s been a minute!  I have had the craziest last couple of months that have really knocked me on my ass!  I feel like I am finally coming up for some air, and it is perfect timing, right at the new year.   People have such strong feelings about new year’s resolution, have you noticed that?  I feel like everyone asks, and you find such a wide range of responses. There are people that feel like coming up with a life changing goal isn’t …

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Terrible 9’s – Is that a thing?

Brooke is one of the loves of my life, and I am endlessly proud of her, but sometimes I just can’t handle her! This causes me endless amounts of guilt and fear for the teen years to come.  She has such an attitude at times and she is not even in the double digits yet! How am I going to survive?   Let tell you about a major meltdown I experienced with my daughter this week.  Before I even start the story, I will tell …

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Cheers to 36 Years!

There are different times during the year, certain holidays, that make me reflective.  One of those times for sure is my birthday. Tomorrow I will be turning 36, and for some reason this feels like kind of a big one to me.  I often say how I don’t feel like I’m in my mid 30’s. Inside I feel like a 20 something, and maturity wise when I am laughing because someone mentioned balls, and I shouldn’t laugh about something like that, I feel more like …

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Family Camping Vacation!

I have been going camping every summer with my family since I was in diapers.  I literally have pictures of the “big girl potty” my mom would bring camping with us while I was potty training as a toddler.  We rough it as much as I would ever want to rough it. We have an old pop-up and a tent with air mattresses. There are sleeping bags and campfires.  We have no television, no air conditioning, and for the most part no electronics because we …

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Cheers to 13.1

You don’t need to reread my title, yes I am toasting to the fact that I will be running 13.1 miles.  Oh wait, it gets better, not only am I running in a half marathon, but I am doing it next weekend.  I signed up months ago with my sister. What sounds better than the Rock N Roll half marathon downtown Chicago?  Pretty much anything else sounds better right now.   Here’s what; I often hear the phrase, “You have a million reasons not to …

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What’s on your soundtrack?

Movies have soundtracks with songs that can perfectly capture what is going on with the characters.  It helps you to feel the right emotions when you need to.  Sometimes even shitty movies, can feel so much better with a great track behind it.  Looking over my life so far, I can pick out songs that always create such vivid memories for me.  If there was a soundtrack for Colleen this far, this is what it would be:   Track 1 I Want Candy – The …