Learn to Swim at 40

There are a lot of things that aren't cool. A fly in your glass of wine, not cool. When you dog leaves you a present in the basement, not cool. And when you're 40 years old and can't swim well enough to save your life, definitely not cool. According to my own definitions, I am not cool but that is ALL about to change because two weeks ago, I started taking swimming lessons. Let's just say the first night of lessons was a bit embarrassing. At the time my "adult" swim lessons started, about … [Read more...]

Crossing Another Item off my Bucket List – Alaska

For someone who likes lists, I have never actually written a bucket list. I mean, like most people I have a general idea of things I would like to do in my head, but actually writing it down on paper? That hasn't happened yet. But when I do write the list, visiting Alaska will be on there and then quickly crossed off this summer! In my head (a scary, scary place sometimes...haha), I've always wanted to go to Alaska. I had visions of taking an Alaskan cruise, seeing the Northern Lights and … [Read more...]

My Happiness Jar

Happy fucking New Year. Bet you weren't expecting that from me. For one, we're waaay past the New Year. In fact, I haven't seen one New Year's resolution post show up in my Facebook or Bloglovin' feed and my friends who made those silly resolution posts? Most of them are secretly saying how they've fallen off the wagon already.  Second, I don't think I've ever typed the "f" word on my blog, even though I've said it several times during the course of writing blog posts. It's not that I'm above … [Read more...]

Sleeping Beauty DVD Released from the Vault

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DisneyBeauties #CollectiveBias Once upon a time there was a middle-age mom who thought she knew a lot about the various Disney Princesses. This mom grew up with classic movies such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. She watched them as a child and adored them. As she got older, her interests changed. Instead of playing princesses, she started playing … [Read more...]

How To Implement A Token Reward System

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #SparklySavings What comes around goes around. I truly believe in that. As a kid, I was a bit shy but I was also a bit mouthy. Back then I liked to think of my comebacks and know-it-all attitude as witty, but really I was just being a bratty kid. Now that I'm a parent, I'm getting a taste of what I was like as a child. My daughter is just like me. She's shy but once she … [Read more...]

Having A Ball With Fruit Shoot

Thank you to Fruit Shoot for sponsoring today’s post! To say my daughter is animated is an understatement. Earlier this week as we were exploring an empty field near our house, we took on different identities. We became "Hiker Girls" who were on a mission to climb mountains with Hiker Boy and Hiker Dog. In our adventures we raced up and down the mountains (berms) and ran through forests (weeds). When we can't go on explorations, we like to come up with different things to do in our … [Read more...]

Reducing The Stress of Everyday Life

Thanks to Kimberly-Clark for sponsoring post and helping me reduce the stress of everyday life! It's 10:22 pm on a Friday night and I'm finally sitting down. Friday's are supposed to be my "day off" but they are anything but that. Friday is one of the most hectic days of my week and I don't even step foot in my real office. Instead of watching day time talk shows (LOVE Steve Harvey) and eating bon bons (what exactly are these anyway), I'm going through my to-do list. By the time noon rolls … [Read more...]

Turning 40 in 40 Days

It's just a number. It doesn't define you. That's what your friends tell you when they are YOUNGER than you. Then when you turn 40 they rub it in by decorating your office with black balloons and dead roses. They send you Hallmark cards with that snarky old lady who quickly reminds you that your boobs are dropping, your bladder is leaking and you'll soon be on 20 different medications. When I turned 30, a high school friend and I decided to spend a week traveling through Italy. We were … [Read more...]

My Little Superhero

Thank you to General Mills for sponsoring this post about finding the superhero in yourself. #SuperHeroing By day she's known as Brecken. The kind of shy (until she gets to know you) 4-year old who loves all things blue and green. But as the sun begins to set, a change begins. She's no longer the kid who is being mopey because I've made her go for a walk, she becomes Forest Girl and has superhero powers. With a simple wave of her hand, she chops down trees and brush so the hikers can make it … [Read more...]

A Simple Start to a Healthier Me

I wrote this blog post as part of a movement by Weight Watchers to encourage people to remember that loving yourself starts with taking care of your health everyday. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own. #LoveHealthyMe #wwsponsored Reality kicked in a few weeks ago and it kicked me hard. In fact, I was kicked and sucker punched and I didn't like it one bit. No one likes to hear the news that your friend has died from a massive heart … [Read more...]