Category: Life

Summer TV here we come!


Happy Thursday! ! Only one more day and then the weekend!
Who loves summer TV as much as I do? I am a glutton for those sappy and easy on the brain reality shows. Hell’s Kitchen is one of my favorites. The way Gordon Ramsay runs his kitchen is awesome! I always love his other shows Kitchen Nightmares and Hotel Hell.

It is sad to say, but I am hugely addicted to Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I know.  I know. I can hear the collective groans from across my readers. It really is such an annoying show to watch. But I can’t help it. I am sucked into their world every Sunday night for some reason. I guess old habits die hard.

Million Dollar Listing New York on Bravo is another favorite. Not only do I love seeing New York real estate at its finest, but I love the real estate agents. I love them all and Ryan and Luis are not bad to look at :).

Falling Skies on TNT comes back at the end of June. This show is good but so strange at the same time. I just want to know how this is all going to work out. Give it a try. You’ll see.

I can keep going on and on about the different summer shows that I watch. However, we would be here awhile. Here is a link to these shows and many others. I am sure this list doesn’t include everything ( I know my TLC shows are not included).

Oh, just one more referral before I go. A friend of mine is on the show called The People’s Couch. This show is  on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Bravo. I highly recommend it. It is quite funny and entertaining. You’ll thank me later on :).

Happy Summer TV Watching!

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Another 50 word Challenge

These fiction in 50 words challenges are the best! Here is my latest from  The Bookshelf Gargoyle:

A picture is worth a thousand words. You must have heard a million. A sigh. Tears. A smile. Fear. Confusion. Pure joy. Do you ever wonder how it all turns out? Those words you heard were the beginnings of something. Do you ever wonder: What comes after all of this?


This was inspired from a picture I posted a few days ago. Here it is:




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A wonderful way to remember our fallen heroes

I hope everyone had an amazing three day weekend with family and friends. If you had to wind up working, I hope it was as stress free as possible!

I came across this wonderful story on the news yesterday and wanted to share it with all of you. It was about a woman who lost her son overseas. He was a soldier for the United States. She created a teddy bear out of her son’s uniform as a reminder of him. She now makes these bears by hand for other families who have lost someone in battle. According to the site, the family members do not have to pay anything for the bears.

I saw this and was practically in tears. She says that it helps her overcome her grief of losing her son. And she gets to put a smile on someone else’s face who is going through a similar situation.  Talk about amazing!

Here’s to hoping this put a smile on your face. Share with your friends! It is such a great cause!

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A much simpler life

It’s always nice to get away. Even if it’s just for 36 hours. I am definitely a city girl at heart.  Bugs don’t do it for me. And the quiet, although peaceful for awhile, gets mundane. But everyone needs some time away to recharge their batteries.  And the serenity of the quietness is just what the dr calls for.
Here are some pictures of life in a much simpler place.

20140518_103110   So relaxing

20140518_103130  Looking the opposite direction of the previous picture. I could definitely stand this for more than 36 hours ;).

20140518_103122  Nature at it’s finest

20140518_104337   Chillin’ at the beach

20140518_105128  We went from a beach backdrop to a farm. I love the extremes!

20140518_105204  Lovely

20140518_105453  You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, this chair has probably heard a million.

I hope you enjoyed these few moments of calm and you can use the pictures as a source of comfort. I know I continually love to visit these places :).

Happy Monday!

Say no to bumper stickers!

Some may think I am crazy for saying this but I do not like using bumper stickers on my car. First of all, it leaves a residue on the car if you ever want to take it off. My second reason is where people think I am a little insane. I feel it gives out personal information. For example, the sticker figures that show how many people and/or pets are in your family. I don’t need someone knowing how many children I have. Even bumper stickers that show your child’s school or if they made honor roll. Again, to me, that is too much information for people I do not know.

family-stick-figure-sticker  Not only does this show who is in your family, but it shows their hobbies. Way too much information!

Then, I saw this on the news the other day. Police are urging people to not put bumper stickers on their cars!!! Because it gives away too much information to people who might want to target you for a crime!!! It makes me feel a little better knowing I’m not the only person who feels this way. You may be thinking to yourself, “Well, she has a blog. She already gives out too much information.” I only reveal my opinions and super fun activities. I do not give any of my personal information.  I am actually a very private person.

So, just remember, it is a warning. However, a good warning to keep in mind.

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Social media…what has it become?!


Facebook. Twitter. Whatever else is out there. Social media has gripped human society so tightly. For some reason we have all become voyeuristic  of each other’s lives. Gone are the days of the phone call or a handwritten letter. When my phone rings I barely recognize the sound since I hardly hear it. That is a really sad commentary.

For most of us in our 30s and older, we had a childhood free of social media. We lived in a world where you had to use pay phones to call someone or to respond to a beep. We lived in a hashtag free world (unless you were copying down your homework and needed to know which problems to do). Our childhood and adolescence were free of being tied down to a mobile device to get our latest news. Was there bullying? Yes! I can definitely be honest and say that I was bullied quite a few times in my younger years. However, the idea of bullying has been taken to the next level.

This article was so eye opening and scary at the same time. Bullying is on the rise. Suicides in young teens is on the rise. There is a section of the article that talks about a young man who was being treated for depression. He later went to a site that explained how to commit suicide and then he did. How horrific! This poor soul just needed help. But social media and the internet had a negative impact on his cry for help.

I fear for my son when he gets older. I do not want his life to be ruled by a social media account. I don’t want him to think that the number of friends you have on Facebook tells him how important he is. I don’t want him to take someone’s status and think that what someone else has to say is the truth. I want him to live in a world where people are unique and are free to express that uniqueness.  I would be lying if I said I never used any social media. At one point I was constantly on one form of social media that it consumed my life. I have definitely stepped back and have tried to become more digital free. It is definitely an addiction that, if not taken control of, will spiral out of control and make society a bunch of useless robots who just stare at a screen.

Those who use social media to attack others and to spread hatred should be held 100% responsible for their actions. They need to know that what they are doing is wrong and that it is a coward’s way. The old adage ” If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say it at all” definitely is important in this day and age. Children need to be taught young that bullying and hatred are wrong. Unfortunately, children are a product of their parents. It all starts as us, the parents, to be good examples. To show them how to be decent people.

I know it is very hard not to be connected in our daily lives. With work and day to day activities, we need to have some source of communication with the outside. However, I think we all need to start putting aside a few hours a day where we have real conversations. Perhaps starting at the dinner table. Discuss the day’s events. Bring up something new you might have learned. Compliment someone around you. I think it will have a huge effect in the long run.  Getting to know your children ( and your children getting to know you) is the first step in this whole process. Be open with each other. Talk and listen. It is, perhaps, our only saving grace.

Tell us how you try to become digital free. Comment below!

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A different Mother’s Day perspective

I read this amazing post yesterday. It showed the perspective of Mother’s Day through the eyes of those who have suffered loss. Perhaps you may know one of these. A woman who is struggling to conceive a child. A woman ( or man) who has lost a mother either through illness or old age. It talked of the raw emotions and how this holiday is just another reminder of what they can’t grasp.

If you happen to be one of them, always remember: you are not alone! As mothers, aunts, grandmas, nieces, cousins, friends we all stand together. Know that you always have a shoulder to cry on or a friendly smile to laugh with. We are here to listen. We may not always know what to say. However, we will be there for you.


I wanted to pass this article on so that we all become more aware of comments we may make. Or how we are quick to judge. One of my favorite things to teach my students was to try “walking in the other person’s shoes” before you say something. You never know what someone is going through. Maybe giving a smile instead of a rude comment will make a difference in someone’s life. You may not realize it is a rude comment. So, think before you speak.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! See you all tomorrow :).

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A sweet moment

I’m a little late to the game but how sweet was Kevin Durant’s MVP speech?!  Here is an excerpt in case you missed it:

“I don’t think you know what you did. You had my brother when you were 18 years old. Three years later I came out. The odds were stacked against him. Single parent with two boys by the time you were 21 years old.

“Everybody told us we weren’t supposed to be here. We moved from apartment to apartment by ourselves. One of the best memories I have is when we moved into our first apartment. No bed, no furniture, and we just all sat in the living room and hugged each other because we thought we made it.

“When something good happens to you, I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to look back to what brought me here. You woke me up in the middle of the night in the summer times. Making me run up a hill. Making me do push-ups. Screaming at me from the sidelines at my games at eight or nine years old.

“We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street, put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”   –Kevin Durant


I have been looking at it through many perspectives.
As a child, you have many fears and worries as a kid. But having the constant support and foundation of a parent, whether it be one ir two, is extremely important.
As a mother, to hear those words after years of comfort, years of worry, years of fears.  Those words mean the world. They bring you back to those moments you held your little one on the couch and looked into their infant eyes. You promised them the world. And one day the world gave back to them.
After hearing Kevin Durant speak, he is the type of guy you want your daughter to marry. And the type of man you want your son to grow up to be.  He is such a great role model for young people to look up to. It’s very refreshing in a world where media and ugliness tends to take hold.

What are your thoughts on his comments?  Comment below!

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In honor of #tbt

Sometimes the littlest thing triggers a memory. It will stop you right in your tracks. You are present, however, your mind takes you to another time.


Perhaps this place your mind takes you to is a long concrete front yard. One side has grass and the other is the patio per say. There is a charcoal grill warming up in the corner. (That smell is the trigger of all of this.) Webbed folding chairs line the yard in hues of orange, green, yellow, and blue. A red, wooden, old school picnic table is filled with “the old folk”. A few “youngins” are part of the group as well. A poker game is being played. Even though the bets are in pennies, this game is being taken pretty seriously.


On the grass are the rest of the “youngins”. Young ones. Old ones. They just blend in a sea of togetherness. A ball is being kicked around. Hide and seek is well underway. A laugh here. Conversations mingling there. And then a creaking sounds breaks the conundrum. More visitors have come through the black wrought iron front gate. Conversations stop. Hugs ensue. Smiles and handshakes everywhere.

In the midst of all of this, a face. A smile. That knowing look of “This is my family and I love it”. The glue that bound us altogether. That glue still holds to this day. Miles and miles may separate us. Life may take us in different directions. But there is that togetherness. The knowledge that you are part of something that is bigger than any of us.

Over ten years have come and gone since that face and that smile were with us. Wow! More than ten years. Life goes on. But the thought of living a full life without the voices. Without the laughter. It seems unfair at times. The stories will endure. The togetherness will be there. However, there is that presence that is there but isn’t.

Then life reels you back in and you are taken out of the memory. It slips away as quickly as it appeared. Hold on to the memories. There will be another trigger that brings them back. You hold the key to the past. Just keep it close to your heart. You will never be without :).

garden gnome beckons

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The comma is mightier than the pen

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If you have been an avid reader of this blog, you have probably noticed my use of commas. Or, maybe, you haven’t paid any attention to them at all. According to this article from Huffington Post, one man discusses how commas may be a thing of the past in our life time.

Really? I can hear the screams of English teachers and professors around the world! One example the article gave was this statement: “Let’s eat, Grandma”. Now, let’s see how it would sound without the comma: “Let’s eat Grandma”. Well, that doesn’t sound right. The comma is mightier than the pen (corny, I know :) ).


I know my comma placement might not always be 100% accurate. However, I feel that my placement of the comma gives my reader an understanding of content. I think if commas were eliminated it would be extremely hard for me to understand the meaning of the written text. So, to the mighty comma: Keep calm and carry on!

Here is one more corny comma picture:


Hehe! It got a chuckle out me me ;).

What are your thoughts on getting rid of the comma? Comment below!

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