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Candied Lemon Slices with Iced Tea Granita

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SipYourSummer #CollectiveBias It’s been a long time since I have graced my kitchen, folks. While I have been feeding lots of mouths all day, every day, I haven’t been INSPIRED. Our family has survived on frozen pizzas, dinners that…

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When the Tooth Fairy Goes AWOL

If the tooth fairy forgot, she might have been in jail.

As a parent, you can only juggle so many balls without dropping a few here and there. For me, one big ball I keep dropping is the Tooth Fairy. First, I told my kids there was no Tooth Fairy and that I will be putting money under their pillows. Then? When my oldest lost his first top tooth,…

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10 FAST Dinner Hacks

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  You’re probably a better person than me. You NEVER hit 4:30pm and suddenly go, “Oh, yeah: DINNER.” So this post probably will not be helpful to you. Consider it a personal note to myself that I’m putting on this blog. For me. Because almost every day this year it’s been “Oh, yeah: DINNER,” sometimes even…

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Candied Hormel Pepperoni Cupcakes

Want to have a surprising and delicious treat for your next party? Candied Hormel Pepperoni Cupcakes with molasses cake and a light whipped cream.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PepItUp #CollectiveBias I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of bacon stealing the spotlight. Bacon this, bacon that. Where is pepperoni in all this? Let’s get pepperoni in the spotlight. You can start with these Candied Hormel…

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How Many Kids Is TOO Many Kids?

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Do you think there is a perfect number of kids? How many kids should you have? Is there some perfect number? (You can take a quiz at Scary Mommy to find the “answer.”) Here is my take on this question.  I grew up with one sibling, a brother named Geoff who is almost six years…

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10 Summer Attitude Hacks for Moms

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Summer. The internet tells me I will have only 18 of them with each of my children and that makes me ache because most of the time I want summer to end. I am counting down the days like kids count down to Christmas. NOT because I don’t want to be with my kids, but…

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Faith & God

The Problem with Freedom

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For several summers in middle school, I went to Nature Camp in the mountains of Virginia. (Nerd alert!!) We took classes every day in things like Wildlife Management, Botany, or Limnology (the study of water). I shocked fish in a creek and learned how to resuscitate them, became familiar with jewel weed and ant lions. One…

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There Is No Small Call – Call Me Maybe?

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Call me. Maybe.  Call me Ishmael.  I can call you Betty and Betty when you call me when you call me Al.  Do you get the references? (First person to name all three correctly in the comments will get $5 from me via paypal. I swear. Leave your comment and your email.) Welcome to the first week…

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When Your Creativity Goes Dark

Create If Writing is a podcast for writers and creatives dealing with the passion and practice of making good art.

My freshman year of college I almost drove my roommate nuts. Ginny (who is still my best friend) had to put up with my late (LATE!) hours, constant songs on repeat (so sorry about the “I’m Kissing You” phase!!), and my bizarre creative notions.  Example. One particular day we overheard the RAs talking about how…

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Read Me! Read Me!

A short story about two boys and a dare that might change their friendship and lives.

If you subscribe to my weekly email, you know that I went to a writing conference called Re:Write last month and it rocked my world. (If you don’t know this, you should probably subscribe to my weekly email. It’s not spammy.) I walked into the conference feeling all jaded and unsure why I had come,…

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Roller Derby

De-Funk Your Derby Gear!

Two-step process to get the stink out of your roller derby gear.

Ever wondered the best way to clean your roller derby gear? (Or your other athletic equipment like yoga mats?) Over the years I’ve tried a number of different ways to clean my roller derby gear and especially my pads, which can stink and also collect bacteria like staph. Some girls wash their derby gear in…

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Behind the Scenes at Roller Derby


This weekend marked the 2014 Houston Roller Derby championship bout. I played in two championships, called lineups in two, and have now coached two. There is nothing quite like the feverish excitement and the fervent drive to bring home that trophy. And there is also nothing quite like losing and watching that trophy go to…

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