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Operation: No More Muffin-Top.

Operation: No More Muffin-Top.

Enough messing around, y’all: it’s time to get back on the horse. Or the exercise bike, in this case. Last winter, after I officially lost all the baby weight (Thanks to Weight Watchers Online, woo!) I started taking yoga and pilates at a friend’s studio, and I looooved it. I had never really done yoga… KEEP READING »


letter to myself at 18

letter to myself at 18

A while back, Amanda over at Shamelessly Sassy posted a letter she wrote to her 18-year-old self. I immediately saved that idea in my mental ‘blog post ideas’ file (what, doesn’t everybody have one of those?) It’s taken me a while to get around to it, but… here’s my letter. Dear Eighteen-Year Old Jen, Wow…. KEEP READING »


ways my kid is cracking me up lately

ways my kid is cracking me up lately

She has started to dance. Twirling in circles and pointing her fingers up and waving them around and swaying her shoulders back and forth. The freaking cutest thing EVER. She says ‘uh-oh’ about everything. Mommy dropping things, her dropping things, yesterday during the shark-chase scene of The Little Mermaid. Sometimes it makes sense when she… KEEP READING »


good and bad: this week so far

good and bad: this week so far

Inspired by Janet’s Love and Hate Fridays. good: Maggie slept till 9:30 yesterday! bad: Maggie woke up at 6am this morning. good: I got a lot of work done in the morning because she took a very early nap (8:30!!!), so we were able to take the afternoon off and have some fun. bad: I… KEEP READING »


corn and ice cream.

corn and ice cream.

Yesterday we made an exception to our ‘Doing Nothing This Weekend’ plan and headed to my parents for the afternoon. There was free (yummy!) food involved, so who were we to say no? Plus, we always have a fun time over there. It wasn’t just the food. It was a hot afternoon, so we brought… KEEP READING »


way to confuse your kid, Dad.

way to confuse your kid, Dad.

Last night we had a rare family moment. All three of us, playing on the floor together. Usually we Monster-Wrangle (our term for keeping an eye on Maggie) in shifts, because one of us always has something to do- cleaning up the kitchen, making a phone call, getting a shower, etc. But last night, we… KEEP READING »


recipe: Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

recipe: Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta with Chicken

One of my favorite favorite cooking blogs is Ree’s. The recipes simple and easy-to-follow, and actually include ingredients that I’ve HEARD OF and can FIND AT THE STORE, both steps that are very important, obviously. (Nothing like reading a recipe and going ‘What the heck is that? What aisle would that be in? Do they… KEEP READING »


new for Friday!

new for Friday!

If you’re reading this in a generic feed reader- click on over! There’s a new look! I’ve had this one on my hard drive for something like 2 months, but I just didn’t have the time or motivation to get the darn thing completed. I finished it up last night and thought I’d take a… KEEP READING »


warning: girly hairstyle talk ahead. boys, proceed with caution!

warning: girly hairstyle talk ahead. boys, proceed with caution!

I am incredibly late on writing about this, but these last 7-10 days have been, in a word, INSANE. And every time I got on the computer and thought ‘Hey, I should write that post about my haircut!’, I got distracted by other things, like real work and Twitter and Facebook and basically anything to… KEEP READING »


boats and fireworks and kitties

boats and fireworks and kitties

Well hello there! Thought I fell off the face of the earth, didn’t you? Nope. Just a weekend filled with Lots of Fun and also giving away kitties. Basically from Thursday night until Sunday night, we didn’t stop. So yesterday? We were EXHAUSTED. And not just because Maggie woke up at 5:15, only to ‘take… KEEP READING »


Good-bye, Senor F-Nuts.

Good-bye, Senor F-Nuts.

Tonight, we took Scotty to his new home. (You can read the back-story here and here.) (Just a quick note on the title of this entry: Dan has had a ‘special’ name for Scotty for the last few years. I’ll let you figure out what the ‘F’ stands for. It’s not exactly appropriate for the… KEEP READING »


8 things

8 things

I’ve been tagged! by Mel! This one kind of reminds me of 43 Things… which I haven’t updated in a looong time. 8 things I must accomplish before I die: 1. Travel, travel, travel. Doesn’t matter where, really. I would love to just take a couple of months and GO. But that will have to… KEEP READING »


I tried to find an NKOTB lunchbox, but they didn’t have any.

I tried to find an NKOTB lunchbox, but they didn’t have any.

Last night, Dan and I went out to dinner for his birthday. It was quite the occasion- not the having dinner out, because we do that fairly often as a family- but going out without Maggie being with us. We haven’t done that since… January? Yeah that’s a long time! We went to Walnut Grove,… KEEP READING »


Tikki Tikki Tembo

Tikki Tikki Tembo

Yesterday I was sorting through the mail piled up on our dining room table. (Question: Am I the only one who fights a ridiculous losing battle with The Pile Of Crap On The Table? I swear, every 2 hours I’m cleaning stuff off of it.) In the pile, there was a catalog for children’s books,… KEEP READING »


babies, birthdays, and also: my kid has a sense of humor

babies, birthdays, and also: my kid has a sense of humor

This past weekend we went to visit some friends in Ohio. First up was my college roommate, her husband, and most importantly their new baby boy, who is just 6 weeks old. Later that day when we visited more friends and their 19-day-old baby girl. Lots of squishy baby-ness to enjoy! Maggie had fun saying… KEEP READING »