Month: July 2017

Reading Roundup – July 2017

Book Reviews

Oh my gosh, this July was SO HOT! It was too hot to walk the dog or send the kids outside for very long. It was too hot to clean and too hot to cook. It was too hot to do much more than sit inside and complain about how hot it was! We did get a little reading done, though, so here are our reviews for the books we…

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Consignment is Cool

Fashion & Beauty

I sometimes wonder if anyone has ever done more for putting the cool back in consignment than Macklemore. Suddenly, “thrift shopping” was as cool to Millennials as it has long been to mommies. As a millennial mommy myself, the trend shift toward secondhand chic was a welcome one indeed. I have no shame in saying that I love the concept of consignment, but I also don’t think all consignment businesses…

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“Fake” holidays, and why I love them.

Life

Everyone has heard of them. They’re the holidays that are “made up”…known as Hallmark holidays, Instagram holidays, or (my personal favorite) manufactured acts of capitalism. I just call them an opportunity and excuse for having some fun. At my house, we celebrate these holidays as often as possible. In fact, when I sit down at the end of each month to make my calendar for the next month one of…

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“You can’t have a bad day in polka dots.” -Anna Kendrick

Fashion & Beauty

Sometimes it seems like there is no worse oxymoron than being a mom who loves clothes. Not only are most days as a mom completely unglamorous, but those little people will suck the life out of even the most frugal of budgets. I’ve been a single mom since my twins were just a few months old, and at that time I was only 20 years old and not exactly earning…

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Confession of a silent hater.

Life

I was reading the other night and came across the quote above. It was referencing military training, but I realized that this is exactly how I would describe the ruthless world of social media. Especially for women. “Hate”, once such a strong and rarely-used word, is now ubiquitous of the social media world and young society in general. It’s not even always considered negative…in many cases having “haters” is synonymous…

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Family Fun Passport

Life

I love Pinterest. I remember clearly the first time I stumbled across it some five years ago, and losing that whole evening clicking my way further and further down the rabbit hole, gleefully creating boards and pinning things to them. If you’re anything like me, however, Pinterest is more of a landscape of good intentions than anything that reflects my real life. Let’s face it…I’m never going to make that…

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Summer Getaway: Maumee Bay, Ohio

Life

As a single mom, often even just the thought of planning a family vacation is overwhelming. I’m aware of how fast my kids are growing up, however, so this year I promised myself we’d get away even if it was nowhere fancy. We live in Cincinnati, so planning a few days in the Great Lakes area seemed totally doable. After a little bit of internet research on family-friendly, affordable places…

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Summer SALE Haul

Fashion & Beauty

I love clothes, and I love to shop. Growing up, J and I were two out of seven kids and I don’t think either of us ever got a new item of clothing until we could buy it for ourselves. For us, everything was hand-me-downs or made by our mom (hello, blue stirrup leggings!). Perhaps because I never got to shop for anything new, as an adult it is one…

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June 2017 Literary Roundup

Life

Rather than inundate the blog with a separate post for every book we read, we’ll instead upload one post every month recapping what we read along with brief reviews. Feel free to comment if you’ve read any of these books and let us know what you thought! And, of course, we’d love to hear your recommendations on what to read next! Without further ado, here’s what we read in June!…

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Kids and their phones…

Life

As I’m sure many of you can relate, my oldest kids recently turned 12 and got their first smartphones (and apparently their first pubes, which my son proudly announced over dinner). They’ve had iPads for a couple of years, but not with data plans. When they started riding the bus to and from school (about 10 years old) and were home alone for an hour or so each day, I…

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