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Write Hot, Edit Cold

Many moons ago I had a copywriting professor that said, “write hot, edit cold” in the moment, that’s where the magic happens.  You’re not concerned about if something sounds odd or if a comma is missing. The juices are flowing and you just let it go. Then, once its all out of your head and on the page, walk away.  Get a coffee, do some laundry, have a beer (whatever strikes your fancy) and then come back. Its upon your return to the writing that …

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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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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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Tips for Surviving Spring Sports

Yo Mama! LOL! What? It made me laugh. I’m easy like that! Spring is in the air! Well, not really. It’s SOOOOOooooo cold outside! But my first spring game is next Monday night! It better warm up quick! I know they won’t play in 20 degree weather, but guess what, they will play in 30 and 40 degree weather! And DANG… it’s cold outside. So I thought I’d share some of my survival tips and PRAY that you share yours! Mama’s unite! And keep our …

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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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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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February

February is such a weird month. I feel bad for it sometimes. Does anyone look forward to February? I live in the midwest and I can tell you February is GREY! The sky, the climate, the trees, the earth and the feeling is grey. There is no hint of spring yet. There is only cold and a chill in the air that hits you all the way deep inside your soul. How do you get through February? I don’t know. It’s glum. And sad. And …

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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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Are Your Jeans Hurting You?

I bought some new jeans and I love them! They are from Express and they are so comfortable and fit me perfectly. Those two things are RARELY written about jeans! Let’s be honest! AND, here’s the even better part, they run big so I had to go in and buy an even smaller size. BONUS! Run, don’t walk! They are the best! But there’s one downfall. The button must contain nickel. It’s so weird. This topic has come up a few times in the last …

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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 …