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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are mine. Let me tell you a little story about a girl who enjoys shopping. In this story, the girl is me ....more

The Teacher in Me

“Mrs. Sluiter, I have NEVER had an English teacher–or any teacher really–who has been as excited as you get when you teach us grammar or when you talk about books. You’re crazy.” I am...more


It’s tomorrow, you guys. Tomorrow night I will stand on the stage with those other 12 beautiful people up there and tell my story. I never cry when I read it, but I am hoping the adrenaline and extra emotion of standing on stage don’t mess with my tear ducts ....more

Sibling Conflict: The Netflix Edition

I never had the experience of having a sibling who was the same gender as me. Cortney didn’t have one close to his age (his brother is seven years younger than he is). Eddie and Charlie’s relationship being two and a half years apart is a whole new world to us ....more

Six World YA Lit Books You Should Read NOW

It’s been awhile since I wrote about what I’ve been reading, which is actually funny because I have been reading more than I ever have before. In fact, I am on book 22 for the school year! Crazy! ...more

Climbing Out

It has been six years and I still remember it like it was yesterday. I sat on the edge of our disheveled bed in my pajamas while Cortney got his breakfast ready in the kitchen. My hand shook as I followed the instructions and pushed the appropriate numbers to make an appointment ....more

Spring Break Day 10

Well, we survived. Today was the last day of spring break; tomorrow we go back to the reality of work, school, and daycare. Today started out with what sounded like rain on the window, but was actual a rain/ice mix ....more

Spring Break Days 8 & 9

I didn’t post yesterday, but it’s ok because really yesterday and today go together. Two years ago, we took a four-and-a-half-year-old Eddie to Chicago for two nights. A two-year-old Charlie stayed with my parents ....more

Spring Break Day 7

I did it again! I had a day without children and I cleaned and organized! Ok, so the day didn’t start with a massive sleep in today, though ....more


I don’t remember my 18th birthday. There are a lot of details from that spring that have simply just left my memory. It was such a busy time: turning eighteen, senior year, graduation, college stuff ....more