Life As I Know It - Celebrating Family

25 Reasons to Love Men

The other day I did something I don’t usually do; I watched television. I usually keep my screen activity to movies and Netflix streaming so I avoid commercials, new sitcoms, and talk shows. I like it this way. Pop culture annoys me. One consistent theme that ran though my TV that day was that men […]

Hallmark #GetCarded Challenge and Giveaway

I love getting mail.  You know, real mail in the mailbox. Don’t you? I figure that most people enjoy a bit of cheer and some color in their mailbox so one of my resolutions this year is to write more letters and send more cards. Keeping in touch via social media is starting to feel […]

One Year ‘Til 40 – Climbing That Hill

I turned 39 this week and it gave me pause. I am definitely getting older. When I was 20, for example, I would never have used the expression “gave me pause” like I did in the first sentence. Seriously. I am a different person in so many ways but better if you ask me. When […]

Standing Up to Cancer and How MasterCard is Helping #DoGood #MC

I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric community.  I have been compensated to share my experience with you by Collective Bias and their client, MasterCard®.  I am thrilled to be part of this very important campaign to help MasterCard raise $4 million for Stand Up To Cancer because cancer has touched my […]

Put Down Your Phone, Life is Calling

Something has been bothering me a lot lately. As I look around it seems that almost everyone is on their phone. From time to time some Internet Hemingway writes a post about cell phone addiction and it takes off like wildfire all over the Web. People like it, share it, and comment on it, all […]

How Your Kids Address Adults – A Sign of the Times

One of many unexpected dilemmas I faced upon entering motherhood was how to teach my children to address other adults. It somehow felt too familiar and disrespectful to have my child address my friends and other adults by their first names. But at the same time it felt pretentiousness and old-fashioned to require them to […]

Top 8 Spam Comments of the Week

One of the downsides of maintaining a blog is screening out all of the spam comments and the links to questionable sites they often contain. This week had been a particularly insane week of spam. I have gotten an unreal amount of comments in which spammers try to make their comments seem like normal reader […]

Child Hunger Ends Here – Ideas for Helping Locally

Last month I told you about an awesome campaign I am a part of called Child Hunger Ends Here. I hope you are following along and entering codes to help raise meals for children in need (more about that in a minute). ConAgra Foods has done a wonderful job with this campaign and so far they […]

Child Hunger Ends Here – How You Can Help (And a Giveaway)

Chances are that you have never gone to bed hungry because you did not have any food to eat. If you are like the average American you have never had to worry about where your next meal will come from. But for millions of American children this is a daily reality. The tragic problem of […]

I Did It! Pat’s Run 2013

I have been struggling to get back into running after I developed a knee injury a few years ago and I am pleased to say that I just ran in the 9th Annual Pat’s Run. I have wanted to participate in Pat’s Run for years but always had a reason why I couldn’t. As an Arizona State University alumni and an Army wife, this race holds special meaning to me so I made […]

5 Things I Absolutely Cannot Do (But Wish I Could)

In case you haven’t noticed, I am making a concerted effort to include a little more of myself on this site. Talking about myself does not always come easily as it can be frightening to put oneself out there for scrutiny. I also do not want to toot my own horn, so to speak. I am sure your life is way too busy to concern yourself with other […]

It’s National Boys and Girls Club Week!

I am blessed to be able to stay home with my children, but not everyone is in the same situation. One of my family members is a single mom who provides 100% of her children’s support and care. This can prove to be tricky during times when school is out, especially during the summer. She cannot miss work all summer long […]