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I’ll Have my Cake and Eat it Too

A long time ago in a castle far away a twenty-something version of myself stumbled upon the website Allrecipes.com. Over the years I bookmarked and saved and screenshotted and emailed recipes I was interested in trying. I’ll set the scene a bit more for you…I’m not a cook, I’m not a baker, I’m AM a picky eater, and the kind of recipes I am interested in must require very few ingredients with basic techniques. In the last decade or so, there have been two go-to …

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Unplugged

An interesting email subject crossed my path today and it’s the perfect inspiration for something to write about. Have you ever heard of a National Day of Unplugging? Well guess what? It’s this weekend so you should check it out. March 1 and 2 are National Unplug Day; this is a 24 hour global respite from technology. It highlights the value of disconnecting from digital devices to connect with ourselves, our loved ones and our communities in real time.  What’s involved? You need to unplug …

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Top 5 Places to Hide YOUR Food…A Visual Guide

I don’t know about you, but I love going out to eat. I love it even more when the service is stellar and the food is delicious and I feel like I got a good deal. A good value for me, usually translates into turning my one meal into two or three. I do not have a chef at home and I have no shame in my left-over game. Seriously. Think back to a time when you went out to dinner with friends or family, …

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Show Me How Big Your Brave Is

I have no clue if my family has a real, official family crest. When I consider what image or symbol might be fitting for our group, one idea comes to mind. One characteristic demonstrated in more than six different ways. Our common denominator is “bravery”. What do you think of when you hear the word “brave”? The first idea that comes to my mind, is what I call “courageous bravery”; someone who is willing, someone who opts in/chooses to do something most others would be …

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No Cuts, No Buts, No Coconuts.

One of the most important things I will teach my children, is how to apologize the correct way. Many moons ago I read an article about the rules of apologies and it has paid off tremendously in my personal life, my professional life, and my parenting life. Following are my do’s and don’ts from the article and lessons I’ve learned along the way. The Anatomy of an Apology: A Four Part Recipe for Success Start with the obvious, the “apology” words. Use whatever is most …

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On to the Next One and Unforgettable Lessons

When I’m in the car by myself, it’s usually silent. When I get tired of the silence I either switch to XM, an audiobook, Pandora, or YouTube. It all depends what kind of mood I’m in and how long I’ll be in the car. Every Tuesday, I commute to the office which is about an hour and a half drive after I drop the kids off at daycare. Side note, we listen to Pandora “Toddler Tunes” channel on our way to the kids’ school. Once …

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I’d Like to Speak to a Manager Please — Part 2

A few blogs ago I promised to tell you more about my recent successes in asking for a manager. In part two of this three part series, I was going to tell you about my conversation with Cody, a manager of a franchise chicken restaurant I ordered from while I was out of town. Guess what guys? Cody made a liar out of me. He led me to believe I was successful in asking for a manager and getting a refund for the terrible experience …

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Pimp My Loft

If you’re not familiar with MTV’s “Pimp My Ride” tv series, you’re probably a little thrown off by my blog title, so let me fill you in. According to Google, Pimp My Ride is a tv show in which “A resourceful team of experts takes car customizing to a completely different level by taking some of the sorriest vehicles on the road and turning them into impressive new rides.” So on that same note, I need all the help I can get from experts like …

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Leave A Shoe By the Door

For the first time in my life, I did not leave one of my shoes by the front door before I went to bed on December 5. I was out of town for work and as soon as I added our week-long work event to my calendar, I saw the conflict with the annual entry I have at 8 p.m. on December 5 to “Leave Shoes Out For St Nick” and my heart sank a little. No no no. I am not a crazy person. …

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Paper Chains, Mashed Potatoes, Ricky Bobby and Road Trips

Would you hate me if I said Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday? It is. I’m not a grinch, I’m not an ass. I’m a realist. I do not like Thanksgiving food, period. I do not eat turkey. I have no interest in stuffing or cranberries or pumpkin pie or any of these traditional Thanksgiving, fall foods. The best I could hope for as a kid is that someone would have mashed potatoes that weren’t doused in butter and had absolutely no gravy on them. …