First Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving I’ll Never Forget {We Probably Ate Glass}

In our first Thanksgiving as a married couple, Even Steven and I hosted at our house. Several of his family members flew and drove from out-of-town to be with us. And at the ripe-old age of 22, I had no clue what I was doing. Even Steven and I got up at the crack of…

What not to be for Halloween

What NOT to be for Halloween

In my sophomore year of college, I went to my first Halloween sorority/fraternity party. Yes, I was in a sorority in college. Someday I’ll tell you the adorable story about how Even Steven was president of his fraternity, and I was president of my sorority. Oh – I guess I just did. The end. Anyway…

My Mom is in Town

I Drive My Mother Nuts

I’m still recovering from my last week of camping and a stomach bug – not at the same time thankfully. I’m behind on the blog, but I thought this would be a good post to share with you today. I mean – seriously – the woman had Crisco in her camper! My mom is visiting…

Even Steven

Even Steven’s Assistant

My mom is a helper. That’s just who she is. She wants to help you solve your problems. And she’s Greek. So while she’s helping you solve your problems, she also wants to cry with you when you’re sad – and laugh really, really hard with you when you’re happy. She’s also a little… nosy.…

Mom and Anna

Lies My Mother Told Me: Part II

So now you know about the rare voice gene that runs in my family – the one that doesn’t work with microphone technology. Did you also know that we have an extra vertebrae in our back? Oh, yes, we do. And attending organized dance lessons after the first grade puts us at high risk for…

My Life and Kids Mom Shaming

How am I still alive?

Looking back on my childhood, I often wonder two things: Was my mom smoking crack while I was growing up? How did I survive my childhood? For example: I was encouraged to eat raw ground beef. They’d buy it from the meat market, bring it home, and serve it to me on a spoon with…

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How to Become the Best Version of Yourself

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. In case you didn’t know this about me, my mom is a counselor. I spent 90% of my childhood talking to my mom about my feelings. I spent the other 10%  going to counseling appointments – as my mom felt it was very important that…

10 signs that you've been married for more than 10 years

10 Signs that You’ve Been Married for More than 10 Years

Even Steven and I celebrated our 11-year wedding anniversary last summer. And by celebrated, I mean that he offered to help me get my compression hose on before he left for work. Now I’m not going to tell you that the spark is gone from our marriage. It’s not. But things are far different than…

Helping mom drink at Biggby Coffee

Random Story: Why my mom has to use the coffee shop drive through

Since my mom is currently at my house watching my kids (and Even Steven) while I’m out of town, I thought I’d take the opportunity to post one of her all-time favorite blog posts. Ever. Why My Mom Has to Use the Coffee Shop Drive Through Several years ago I was training for the Chicago…