Category: Lipstick & Pearls

Whatever happened to chivalry?

Like any writer, I?m always on the lookout for good subject matter. As you can probably tell, I enjoy writing about my daughters. But I also enjoy re-hashing humorous or otherwise entertaining material through this column. Just last week, in fact, I stood amid the perfect storm of column material. Here are the key components. The five Ws. Who? My […]

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An answer to our story problem

?This year, your brother Jack will be two years from being twice as old as your sister Jen. The sum of Jack?s age and three times Jen?s age is 66. How old is Jen?? If you?re like me, your palms are sweating and you?re contemplating a trip to the medicine cabinet to treat an inevitable headache. The combination of the […]

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Questions greet the arrival of a baby

?What are you doing, Mommy?? ?What do you see, Mommy?? ?What?s that, Mommy?? Life with my toddler, Gracelyn, brings about all sorts of inquisition?all day, every day. But life with our newest addition, a 1-month-old daughter named Jemma, brings about another line of questioning?resulting in multiple, individual conversations that follow a very similar pattern. First, the obligatory congratulations, followed by, […]

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May marks end of birth countdown

Editor?s note: Malinda Just gave birth to a daughter, Jemma Elise, on Wednesday, May 12. She, daughter and family are doing well. ? It?s finally May! And while I generally wouldn?t put an exclamation mark behind such a dull and obvious statement, I want to convey how excited I am that I can now put those words together. You see, […]

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Writing urge has spilled into a blog

Once upon a time. That?s how great stories begin. And that?s how I began my very first blog post. Yes, I?m officially blogging. I probably should have started three years ago during our first pregnancy. Or at least after our daughter?s birth. Or maybe after we spent time in the hospital with our daughter right after her first birthday. Instead, […]

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March is great for multiple reasons

Even though at the moment I write this, the sky is gloomy and the wind is blustery from the north, March is a great month. For some of you, March is great because of the ensuing Madness. I don?t tend to get hyped because of basketball, but I will fill out a bracket. My strategies?pick some underdogs, pick some cool-sounding […]

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The veritas of shopping and Spanx

I spent the majority of my Saturday scouring Towne East Mall in Wichita with my mom and youngest sister. Our mission was to find the perfect prom dress for my sister?s first prom. The choices were plentiful?glitter or sparkles, satin or lace, strapless or strapped, halter or not, long or short (insert images of 1980s movies here). After narrowing her […]

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Prep is the highlight of pregnancy

Preparation is to pregnancy as, well, commercials are to the Super Bowl?that?s what it?s all about. Think about it for a second. In 2009, NBC said the Super Bowl averaged 95.4 million viewers during the four-hour-plus showdown between the Steelers and the Cardinals. But when did the majority of those viewers leave the comfort of the couch in search of […]

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Finding something better than a star

During my childhood, my family alternated celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas Day between my two sets of grandparents. Before reaching the embarrassing and often awkward middle-school years, my favorite schedule was to celebrate Christmas Eve at my Grandma Helen?s house in Marquette, because every other year, the Olson family hosts a special visitor. A right jolly, good fellow you might […]

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Facebook reacts to ?bun in the oven?

In my two-plus years of being a Facebook member, I?ve never had the enormous outpouring of responses to a status update as I did a month ago. Sure, I?ve had the typical Facebook birthday, where online friends post short messages all over my wall. But even my special day has never compared to my post in October. Curious? For those […]

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