I Introduced My Mom to Facebook

I Introduced My Mom to Facebook

My mom has been a wee bit behind the technology train since, well, since the Internet became something past a dial-up modem. Even then, I don’t think she knew how to turn the computer on or off, let alone send little messages we called ‘e-mails’ to friends through that shiny, foreign machine the rest of […]

Public Speaking 101

Public Speaking 101

In order to graduate from university, I was required to take “Public Speaking 101.” I put it off as long as I could as I was not AT ALL keen on taking the course. I decided that I would complete the requirement during summer school at a community college, as that would likely mean a small class […]

Spread Your Wings, Barb Marley

Spread Your Wings, Barb Marley

Barb’s school is holding a play this year for the elementary kids. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to allow her little theatrical side to shine. She absolutely loves watching America’s Got Talent, American Idol, and all the performance shows, so I went and talked to the performing arts director at her school […]

Smash’s Favorite Finds- August

Smash's Favorite Finds Giveaway!

Here! Here! I’ve seemed to get my ducks in a row since returning from our trip to Canada and Alaska! Allow this to be the very first: “Smash’s Favorite Finds!” Roughly once a month, I will hoard my favorite items I find and create a giveaway for one special reader! Many items are things that I find while roaming […]

My Friend Alan: An Update

My Friend Alan: An Update

I know a few of you read the piece that I wrote (My Friend Alan) about my homeless friend, Alan, on my site a while back. It was recently re-published on the Huffington Post, and I received many questions about how Alan is today, and whether or not I still see him. I have seen Alan since I […]

Hey! I Want to Tell Ya Somethin’

Hey! I Want to Tell You Somethin'

I wanted to stop for a second and tell you a couple things. First off, I so, so appreciate when you guys stop your day to connect with me. I love when you comment on my posts with your stories about your children, your nieces, your grandchildren, etc. It makes me happy to read through […]

Barb, You Have to Effin Eat

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Sponsored Post Ohhh, Barb. Barb hates vegetables. When Barb was a baby, she ate everything and anything. She was born a healthy 9.4lbs, so I’m assuming she was probably just craving all the shortbread cookies and endless tubs of bubblegum ice cream I’d consumed during pregnancy….daily. Once she hit Kindergarten, I’ve been faced with the challenges of […]

Perspective

Perspective

I was raised with the understanding that to succeed in life was to establish yourself and set yourself up for a life that would support you financially; financially not just in the sense that having money was the goal, but having stability was the goal, because stability translated to happiness. And, in order to live a […]

Why Don’t My Pants Fit?

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As some of you know, my family and I took a vacation the second half of July. It was the first vacation we’ve taken as a family that wasn’t for a wedding or a funeral- well, wait. We did go to a wedding, but, nonetheless, we took a damn vacation. The first half of our […]