Category: Lipstick & Pearls

Mother?s Day can be a hard holiday

In our house, my husband and I really don?t get into celebrating the so-called ?Hallmark? holidays. Mother?s Day is generally included in that list, along with Father?s Day and Valentine?s Day. It?s not like we don?t value each other, or our parents, but we just don?t spend much energy (or money) to mark those set-aside dates. So when I found […]

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Itching, like beauty, is skin deep

After staring at a blinking cursor for over an hour last night, writing occasionally, deleting frequently, I did the only thing I could. I turned off the computer and turned on the TV. Maybe it?s the way I?ve been trained. Since as long as I can remember, my teachers have stressed the importance of the opening paragraph. The hook. Readers […]

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Turning 30 a ?surprise? transition

It?s the start of a new decade this week. I turn 30. Over the past days, a few friends asked if I was doing anything special to celebrate. The answer: not really. At least nothing big. My mom and I are going shopping without kids. (So I guess that?s pretty big in and of itself. I won?t have to chase […]

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Coffee is my connection to normal

Maybe it?s because it?s a Monday morning. Or maybe it?s not getting enough rest for the last six to eight months. Maybe it?s giving up my snooze button for Lent. Or maybe it?s because there?s a new bottle of white chocolate caramel creamer in my fridge. Or it could just be the perfect storm of maybes. But I can?t seem […]

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If you give mom a drink mix…

If you give a mom drink mix, she?ll want some hot water to go with it. She?ll run some water in a Pyrex container and put it in the microwave. She?ll probably be on her way out the door, so she?ll pull a travel mug from the cabinet. When the microwave dings, she?ll retrieve her water and set it on […]

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Christmas season is still magical

A couple of nights ago, my husband and I watched the classic holiday movie ?Christmas Vacation.? We laughed as good ol? Clark Griswold drove under a semi-truck, stapled himself to a gutter, fussed with 25,000 twinkle lights and ran from a misplaced squirrel. And all those mishaps were in the name of a ?good, old-fashioned? Christmas. Poor guy. He just […]

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Growth is reason for thanksgiving

It?s here. That day filled with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and pumpkin pie. And football. And family. And thanksgiving. It?s apparent when I take stock of my life that I have much to be thankful for. And Thanks?giving is a perfect time to count those blessings. That?s totally the purpose of the holiday, even if we sometimes tend […]

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?Out with the girls? has new sense

While dining out with a group of friends last weekend, another patron casually observed that I was ?out with the girls.? In response I said, ?No, they are at home.? Oh my. As my matter-of-fact statement registered as a major flub-up, my face went red-hot as I stumbled around trying to correct my obvious mess-up. As I confessed my flightiness […]

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Back in the saddle with child No. 3

We?re back in the saddle again. At least those lyrics by Gene Autry are all that keep going through my mind as I listen to the blends of new lungs mixed with little girls who keep talking instead of sleeping. Our family landed back in the throes of newborn craziness Aug. 31 with the birth of our third baby and […]

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Back in the saddle with child No. 3

We?re back in the saddle again. At least those lyrics by Gene Autry are all that keep going through my mind as I listen to the blends of new lungs mixed with little girls who keep talking instead of sleeping. Our family landed back in the throes of newborn craziness Aug. 31 with the birth of our third baby and […]

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