Goodbye Paci

It seems as if another step of Jack growing up has sneaked up on me.When Jack was born early, he immediately showed a preference to a specific kind of pacifier – the soothie that was given to him in the NICU.As all smart parents do, I immediately ran out and bought a half-dozen of them to have handy around the house. As ALL infants seem to do, he would spit it out only to flail around with his little hands unable to put it back in again....more

Making Over 2 Thrift Store Lamps

The better title for this post would have been: Making over 2 Thrift Store Lamps, Googling “Why doesn’t my lampshade fit my lamp”, “How do I make my lampshade fit my lamp”, “What the heck is a Slip Uno Adapter” and “How do I know what kind of fitter is on my lampshade”… then finally finding something at Home Depot to MAKE IT WORK Tim Gunn-style.That might have been a teensy bit of overkill though…It all started with these:...more

Adding New Fall TV Shows to the Returning Favorites On My Tivo

I love TV. I don’t understand how people can live without a television, because I love the feeling of getting lost in a show and yelling at the characters. I get invested in the storylines and am super sad over the summer when there is NOTHING new to watch besides a million episodes of House Hunters. New Fall TV Show "Red Band Society" Image: FOX Current Favorites To give you an idea of what I like, here’s what my current Tivo list looks like: ...more
JoulesDellinger Melissa Ford I think it starts on September.  Maybe end of September?  You can ...more

The August MissionCute Box: My New Favorite?!

You know how I like a fun surprise gift in the mail? I mean, who DOESN’T when as a grown-up most of your mail is bills, coupons to places you don’t go, and junk you don’t even open?...more

One Year of Ollie

Ollie (aka Ollivander Rutledge Dellinger) had his one year adoption anniversary with us a couple weeks ago. We’re not really sure when he was born, but the vet estimated that he was about one and a half when we adopted him. To keep it simple, I decided that Ollie and Jack share a birthday… so they are both 2 ½ now.Hope Jack doesn’t get a complex about it. Or Ollie. Because frankly the dog is a bit of a diva and it would be JUST like him to get a complex over sharing his birthday.I guess the most important thing to say is: Ollie is not Potter....more

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Okay, I Did It

I really thought the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was dying down.Celebrities did it. Bloggers did it. A ton of people in my Facebook feed did it.There was uproar FOR it. There was uproar AGAINST it.Over $53.3 Million was raised for The ALS Association, compared to $2.2 million during the same time period last year....more

Time for another DietBet?

I’m thinking it’s time for me to do another DietBet.After a week at the beach and a few weeks (ahem… months) of eating pretty much whatever I want, I feel a bit… um, fluffy. I was thinking that this back-to-school season would be a good nudge to get back into eating healthy and working out.If you’re a newer reader and you’re not quite sure what this DietBet brewhaha is all about, here’s the short & sweet version:...more

My Flawed but Authentic Portrait Session

One of the things I mentioned in my All about BlogHer post was that I was able to visit the Flawed but Authentic suite. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I knew that they were planning to take photographs for an upcoming portrait book called Flawed but Authentic, Embracing Myself....more

Dog Proofing with a Staple Gun & Chicken Wire

For the last few weeks, Ollie has been driving me crazy. Every time I would let him out into the fenced-in area of our backyard to do his business, he would run under our sun room instead.I think there might have been some bunny rabbits living under there, because one day a HUGE Ollie-sized rabbit came running out.Hmmm… maybe they were making some sweet cross-species love?...more