Buying Tillie Her First Cell Phone

Tillie’s getting her first cell phone this Christmas. Well, the first one that’s totally hers, that is. She’s 13 and it’s the one thing she really wants for Christmas this year. Mykl & I have agreed that she’s old enough, and have already started setting ground rules for her. (For anyone worried I’m spoiling the surprise, she already knows she’s getting it.) This isn’t her first phone. For the past year or so, she’s shared a cell phone with her {Read More}

An admission of jealousy

I’ve heard about step parents being jealous of their spouse’s children, but I never thought it would happen to me. I’m not talking about the so-called “expected” stuff, like when Mykl takes the girls on a Daddy/Daughter date. Those are awesome, and I frequently encourage him to make more time for those dates. While he’s connecting one-on-one, I usually take our other kids out to the park to play or something else fun so he can focus his time without {Read More}

Project #CelebrateNoH8 is a go!

I shared with you guys that thanks to Minnesota’s recent legislative changes, my life-long friend Sarah & her fiancee Shayna are coming to visit in at the end of October to legally get married!! Since their family and friends are not able to be here for the “official” ceremony, I want to make it as special as I can while they’re here. Sure, it’s just the legal part, but I think that still deserves celebration. I would be honored if {Read More}

Maybe take a break from hating on Barilla, mmmkay?

If you’re connected to social media, you’ve probably seen some buzz this afternoon about Guido Barilla’s quotes about “the traditional family” and his alleged attacks on gays. Trust me, I understand why people are all up in arms about a major food corporation having an anti-gay stance. The problem is that what he actually said is different from how a LOT of people have been interpreting it, and we’re missing out on an opportunity to help them make a real {Read More}

My struggle to Never Forget

Today marks the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Like many Americans, I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news. I was home sick from school, eating cereal with a blanket spread out in the living room. My boyfriend Matt called me and told me to turn on the TV. I stayed on the phone with him as I watched the second tower fall and cried. Little did I know that exactly one year later, I’d be sitting in {Read More}

I Got 99 Problems, but UV Ain’t One #UVProblems

A few years ago, I noticed that the inside corner of both of my eyes had turned yellow. My first thought was “HEPATITIS!” but I soon realized that the yellow tint also had some texture. It had been a couple of years since I had last been to the Optometrist, and I was also suffering with dry eyes. Constantly. The Optometrist addressed the yellow masses in the corners of my eyes and said that they were fatty deposits from not {Read More}

National Boys & Girls Club Week

For several decades now, the Boys & Girls Club has been offering an alternative for kids who don’t have enough opportunities at home to find structured fun and skill-learning.  Rather than finding fun (trouble) on the street or spending time unsupervised at home, the children involved in the Boys & Girls Club have a safe place to learn and grow. This year clubs across the country are celebrating National Boys & Girls Club week and they want a visit from {Read More}

I Did It!!!!

I’m done, I’m done, I’m officially done!! Just saw that final grades for the semester have been posted. I passed. Do you know what that means? It means I’m a college graduate. My heart is racing and there may or may not be a few tears right now. I didn’t realize how important this was to me until last week. My graduation ceremony is Friday and I have my cap and gown, so obviously I knew it was coming, but {Read More}

Shop Your Way’s Win Your Way

As a blogger, I work a lot with brands on sweepstakes and they’re always a great way for me to connect with you guys and give you even more fun.  I love to enter them just as much as I love to bring them to you and I’ve found a great way to find some outside of the blogging world.’s new Win Your Way portal is an awesome new spin on the Shop your way program that gives you {Read More}

A Public Non-Apology

If you guys remember my 10,000 Facebook fan giveaway, I did something completely different from my normal stuff and made a purely fun giveaway. I picked out, purchased, and shipped the prizes myself. Since things at home aren’t exactly peachy right now with the whole separation/divorce stuff, it took me a little longer to get them all shipped than I expected. I apologize to anyone that hasn’t received their prize yet for ruining the surprise – this is what I {Read More}