Nokia Lumia 1020 REVIEW

April 15, 2014 by  
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     I have been fortunate enough to be working  with AT&T. Recently, they provided me with a Nokia Lumia 1020 to test out. Knowing that I am not the biggest fan of a Windows...

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Out loud

April 15, 2014 by  
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I have never read my words aloud. I enjoy my safe place behind the laptop, telling stories when they come to me and sitting in front of a blank screen when they don’t.

Since November, I have been working with a team of women who have now become the closest of friends to bring stories TO A STAGE. What was I thinking? I was thinking that other women would read. They would share their stories and we would build the platform for them to do so. Things would be warm and sepia toned with breaks for tissues, hugs and chocolate.

This is all true, until the part of our process where I committed to getting on stage and reading something I had written as well. You see, I had an exit plan since the first day I was told that two of the directors/producers of the show could read. I nodded and took a deep breath and said “ooooookay.” Then I drove home and had a long conversation with my anxiety about how we would tactfully bow out of the discomfort of public speaking.

Sunday was our last rehearsal before the show (May 4th at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit at 3pm, doors open at 2 and you can buy tickets here). I had sent my piece to my co-directors weeks before, fully expecting to execute the Anxiety Plan and never read it at all. But weeks of listening to our amazing cast pour their hearts out chipped away at my crafty excuses for lack of participation.

I was scared and so were they. I might cry and many of them already had. I had never done this before and most of them hadn’t either. My ugly cry sometimes turned into a snort-laugh… that argument might still stand. I haven’t heard a cry-snort-laugh sequence out of anyone else in the group.

So I did it anyway. I stood in the wings of the stage Sunday afternoon and as I waited for my turn to read I was all alone with the reason I started pouring my heart out to begin with, my daughter. I felt Hadley so strongly as my heart threatened to beat out of my chest. The way that I don’t feel her as much anymore, six years removed from seeing her face. I listened to the beautiful, beautiful story read before mine and I peaked at the amazing faces of our cast in the audience and I walked out and read my words for the first time.

I cried and I did not complete the snort-laugh part of the sequence (thank God!) but I did give my voice to the words I’ve been placing here for years. It was humbling and scary and overwhelming but in the strangest turn of events, I can’t wait to do it again.

Saint Andrews Hall

I know I’m biased but Listen To Your Mother: Metro Detroit is going to be an amazing, life-changing event. Tickets are on sale here and we would love, love, love for you to join us. 

#365dog – Week 14

April 10, 2014 by  
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Day 91
baby shaggy
We got a new puppy!!! Ha,ha! April Fool’s! It’s baby Shaggy silly!

Day 92
haircut
Time for a new cut. Just another day in the never ending process of me growing my hair out and then cutting it off months later.

Day 93
tori
Tori watching the rain. I just know she is thinking that it’s better than snow!

Day 94
garage
You know it’s spring in our house when my car gets booted to the driveway to make room for the kids bikes and scooters.

Day 95
Mari
Karli got to meet Mari from Dance Moms (she danced with the Candy Apples last season I think it was). She thought it was the coolest thing EVER!!

Day 96
Brownie sundae
One thing that makes me feel great as a mom is to make special treats for the kids for no reason. I made them hot fudge brownie sundaes, YUM!

Day 97
goofball
I sometimes forget Andrew is 18 years old, especially when he can’t sit still in the doctors office without touching the medical equipment.

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#365dog – Week 14

April 10, 2014 by  
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Day 91
baby shaggy
We got a new puppy!!! Ha,ha! April Fool’s! It’s baby Shaggy silly!

Day 92
haircut
Time for a new cut. Just another day in the never ending process of me growing my hair out and then cutting it off months later.

Day 93
tori
Tori watching the rain. I just know she is thinking that it’s better than snow!

Day 94
garage
You know it’s spring in our house when my car gets booted to the driveway to make room for the kids bikes and scooters.

Day 95
Mari
Karli got to meet Mari from Dance Moms (she danced with the Candy Apples last season I think it was). She thought it was the coolest thing EVER!!

Day 96
Brownie sundae
One thing that makes me feel great as a mom is to make special treats for the kids for no reason. I made them hot fudge brownie sundaes, YUM!

Day 97
goofball
I sometimes forget Andrew is 18 years old, especially when he can’t sit still in the doctors office without touching the medical equipment.

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#365dog – Week 13

April 8, 2014 by  
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I’m thinking that people might begin to assume that the hashtag #365dog stands for 365 “DOGS” since I post so many pictures of my pups. But it’s not…It’s 365 Days of Gratitude for those who might be seeing this for the first time =) Every day I take a photo of something that makes me smile…something that I am grateful for.

Day 84
groomer
Pippa is telling Tori to sit still so she can clean her eyes!

Day 85
beautiful
“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful”

Day 86
computer whiz
My daughter, the computer genius. Taking after her mother :) She created a mini movie for school with photos, music and captions. I was impressed!

Day 87
cuddle time
Just a typical evening of watching some tv…they don’t call it a loveseat for no reason.

Day 88
tough chase
Chase competed at his first ever state competition. He took 4th, which is pretty amazing! When I took this photo he asked me to fix his ribs from showing. I was like…you gotta eat to fix that dude!

Day 89
spring
It’s a heat wave here in Southern Michigan!!

Day 90
andrew laundry
Andrew has been doing his own laundry for a few weeks now. I gave up on the battle of asking him to put the stuff away neatly after I did his laundry and later find it tossed on the floor, unfolded, etc. It was time for him to learn. Well, his method is even worse. He washes the clothes and then puts them back in a basket unfolded until he finds the time to fold them. Oh.MY.God. (Just gotta tell myself to walk away….)

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Samsung Galaxy S® 5 Available for Preorder

April 8, 2014 by  
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New Samsung smartphone offering enhances mobile lifestyle. The Samsung Galaxy S 5 is now available for preorder. Customers can purchase the device for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new...

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Drop

April 6, 2014 by  
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Towards the end of preschool Parker made a rainbow painting at school with streamers hanging down from the end of each color. My love for rainbows hung it no where but the best place. It sways from a hook up high in our kitchen so we can walk under it often because hanging out under rainbows is important. The streamers have held on as crepe paper affixed by a five year-old’s glue stick do. The first few dropped soon after I hung the picture. Others waved as kids raced by or dangled from a quarter-inch shred because I couldn’t bear to cut them.

I’m sure someone who knows more than me about interior decorating (which would be everyone) would tell me the artwork should be displayed somewhere else in the house. It hangs by a threadbare piece of yarn and I don’t look at it as much as I used to, just like all those other things that make permanent homes in our lives. We pass them or they pass us and our heart doesn’t open up as widely as it did on that first day we decided they were treasures.

We are down to one last streamer. It’s orangish although it might have been red that faded or yellow that darkened and the rainbow tilts to one side a bit from it’s weight. I never reach up to straighten it though for fear the whole thing would crumble.

The weary little picture crafted with lips bitten in concentration and paint-filled sleeves is barely hanging on. I walk more slowly under it now and look up to double-check on the piece left because I know what comes next. I’ve caught each strip as it’s tumbled or found a streamer on my slipper when hitting the biggest coffee button on my Keurig, but the last one needs to stay.

My hands are way too full and far too empty to let it go or put it back or know what happens when there’s nothing left to walk below.

rainbow

(photo taken when the sun was warm and there was more rainbow to walk under)

Kohl’s Peter Som Watch & Shop Google Hangout Information!

April 2, 2014 by  
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“I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I received a gift card as a thank you for participating” Today, I decided to stop at Kohl’s to see if they had...

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I will not be a broken record this year

March 31, 2014 by  
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With April comes Autism Awareness month. In the past I was the first mom to wave my puzzle piece ribbon while shining my blue light but I’m just not there anymore. Everyone knows someone with autism. I don’t need to remind you that the numbers have now risen to 1 in every 68 children. I’m aware, you’re aware and there’s a certain broken record quality to announcing the month.

Which is why I’m so glad the month has finally turned into a time of DOING rather than just talking. The Candlelight Vigil for Autistic Children Who Have Lost Their Lives After Wandering was created this year and I have to say, being part of this group and this event has been eye-opening, tearfully, heartbreakingly eye-opening. I knew children with autism were at risk of wandering from their homes and I followed the cases of the ones gone missing, hoping that they would be found. I cheered when they were and cried when they were not. But I never knew the volume of families affected.

Since promising to light my candle and remember these children gone too soon, I’ve watched name after name be added to the list of those lost. I’ve seen pictures of bright-eyed boys and messages of hollowed out parents and my heart continues to sink.

These children have wandered from school or home or a caregiver and never returned again. Let’s remember them on April 1st and every day after that. Remember their families who are changed forever. Say their names because they need to be said.

We can’t bring them back but we can bring a little comfort to those who miss them most by lighting up their world tomorrow.

You can join this years vigil through the Facebook event created by Jill of Yeah, Good Times.

candle light vigil

#365dog – Week 12

March 27, 2014 by  
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Day 77
voxbox
I love receiving free products via VoxBox!

Day 78
daisy
Little Miss Daisy lays around on her back like this all the time! It looks so uncomfortable to me.

Day 79
juryduty
Thank goodness I got out of jury duty for next month. I sent in a letter stating a long list of things that I have going on that can’t be rescheduled. I was so stressed out over this. Phew!

Day 80
twilight
Karli and I caught the tail end of Eclipse on tv, so then she wanted to watch Twilight. I certainly wasn’t going to argue. Afterwards we watching Breaking Dawn 2. Nothing like going from the first movie to the last and skipping everything in between!

Day 81
wrestling
The world of youth wrestling is insane. Some of these parents yell and scream and act so out of control I am embarrassed for them. But, hey, I guess they have heart right? You won’t find me doing that though. I practically hold my breath the whole time Chase wrestles.

Day 82
jeep
Andrew, Karli and I went to see Divergent today and it was amazing! Andrew decided to be our chauffeur, he had his dad’s Jeep for the week. Great day with my oldest and youngest!

Day 83
rosemary
Happy Birthday to Grandma Rosemary!!

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