The Paper Worth More than Gold

The Paper Worth More than Gold


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During the closet re-organization project of 2015, I found a picture of one of the twins taken the day she was born.

When I saw it, I stopped what I was doing and put down the boxes of random bits of things that always seem to collect themselves in a closet and the fluffy hat with ruffles that I bought for my first Kentucky Derby party….

….and simply stared at the photo.

There she was.

Tiny and precious and beautiful and hooked up to a million tubes and machines and beeping gadgets wearing a tiny pink bow the nurses made for her on her wisps of downy blonde hair.

Weighing in at 2.2 pounds… little my hand almost covered her in the picture.

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The Day I Was Almost a Fashionista

The Day I Was Almost a Fashionista


just the two of us

In a vain attempt to try to bring my wardrobe into the year 2014…..

…..I have been reading fashion blogs.

For someone who buys her t-shirts at Wal-Mart….it’s been a little intimidating.

To say the least.

It’s a whole other world of glamorous, stylish people who effortlessly mix florals and stripes and wear at least five bracelets and use terms like “statement necklaces” and “boyfriend jeans”….

….all while perching precariously on six-inch high platform shoes.

But I’ve learned so much.

I’ve learned that everyone should own at least one pair of black jeans and plaid shirts are a current trend and that you can mix menswear with ruffles and a peplum can truly be flattering….

….and everyone should own a blazer.

Absolutely, positively brilliant.

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How to Jump

How to Jump

vintage decorating

About seven years ago we took the leap and moved from a very large metroplex to the country.

We closed our eyes….took a deep breath….

….and jumped.

You can read the rest of the story here.

Or just wait for the book. 🙂

I get asked all the time if it was easy to jump to the country and why we did it and if it was challenging to adjust and how we supported ourselves….

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The App That Inspired Me to Tell My Story

The App That Inspired Me to Tell My Story


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If you have read this blog for more than two minutes…..

….you know I love to tell stories.

Like the time I found out I was a Venn Diagram.

Or the time my roast became the talk of the county.

And the time my Mayflower table came to town.

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I’ll Go First

I’ll Go First


Have you ever put your foot in your mouth?

It happens to me.


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Class Is In Session

Class Is In Session


Pink Vinyl Monogram

The other day….at the end of the hallway in the bright pink room with the brown twin beds and the flowers scattered on the carpet…..

… was in session.

Two tiny teachers with blonde ponytails and big blue eyes were holding class.  Each instructor had a whiteboard and was busily scribbling and circling and drawing arrows with verbs and adjectives and adverbs…..intent on passing on all the knowledge one could ever learn in elementary school to the next generation of stuffed animals.

All the students were present and accounted for.

The whole class was there….the two frogs and the bear with the bonnet and the furry one-eyed cat and the monkey and the zebra and the dolls……

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