#PutYourHeartToPaper

Thank You, Mom #PutYourHeartToPaper

This post is sponsored by Hallmark, who offered a topic as a prompt. The words and opinions of this post are all my own.  As a parent of older boys, I often think about what our relationship will be like “after.” After they go through the “I’m so embarrassed of you” 12 year-old stage. After they go through the “Seriously? You’re still trying to help me with my homework?” 15 year-old stage. After they go through the “Can I borrow some money…

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Nobody warned me. Thoughts from the mom of older kids.

Nobody Warned Me (Thoughts from a mom of older kids)

When the boys were younger, I volunteered in their classroom. I made dinner and gave them baths and did everything else a “normal” mom would do, dreaming of the days that they would be self-sufficient. I longed for the day they wouldn’t cry at the drop of a hat. The day when they would stop asking for help every time they had to tie their shoes (perfectly, with three knots and symmetrical bunny ears). I even looked forward to the day I…

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What's It Like To Walk The Red Carpet in Hollywood?

What’s It Like To Walk The Red Carpet in Hollywood? #BigHero6Event

Ah-mazing. That’s what it’s like. I was able to walk the red carpet for the Big Hero 6 premiere this week with 24 other bloggers. For my first red carpet event, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I heard it would be rushed, loud, and a little stressful, but… it wasn’t! The other bloggers who had done this before said they were surprised by the amount of time we had to take pictures and enjoy every minute of it. The folks in charge…

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I love Sons of Anarchy, but I'll be glad when it's over.

I Love Sons of Anarchy, But I’ll Be Glad When It’s Over.

Spoiler Alert: If you’re not caught up with Sons of Anarchy, you may want to tread lightly below. I reference the events of each season that haunted me the most. Sons of Anarchy. I love them. All of them. Jax, Opie, Juice, Bobby, Gemma, Tig, Chibs, and Wayne. Steve and I binge watched Seasons 1-6 at the end of last year and we counted down the days until Season 7 started in September. But I’ll be glad when this season–the…

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Why I'm So Excited About Big Hero 6

Why I’m So Excited About Big Hero 6 #BigHero6Event

Jack has spent the last 10 days talking about building a truck. Not a model truck, or a go-kart truck, but a real truck. He wants to build a 5 passenger truck that he can drive. For those of you who know our little builder, this sounds similar to ideas he has come up with time and time again. He collects boxes and wood in his room, then uses tools from the garage and duct tape from his stash to…

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What I'm loving: my health & fitness favorites

What I’m loving: my health and fitness favorites.

A portion of this post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market. There are affiliate (and non-affiliate) links in this post. I’ve been trying to find that fine line of balance–for me, my family, my work, my blog… I wish the line was neon and flashing sometimes! Health and fitness is a big area that I’m trying to improve right now. Michael and I have been going to the Crossfit gym three times a week and I’ve been really concentrating on…

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Our California Adventures

Our Own California Adventure: Visiting Family, Friends, and Disneyland!

My family and I were guests of Disney for the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for a conference fee, we were provided with park tickets, hotel accommodations, meals, and admission to conference events. I was not asked to write about the conference or sponsors in exchange for our experience, but this was a pretty amazing experience and I’m excited to share it with you all! Kia provided us with a car while we were in California so…

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My advice for Moms: Get in the picture!

My advice for moms? Get in front of the camera!

We received a letter in the mail the other day letting us know that high school registration was right around the corner for the class of 2018. How is is almost 2018? How is it that this little boy who used to snuggle with his puppy and bury his head in his favorite soft blanket is registering for high school next month? It really does happen “just like that.” I’m so thankful for the pictures and videos I have to…

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Why writers are fat. I'm sharing some of my best reasons on the blog today.

Why Writers Are Fat

I’ve learned a thing or two about writing a book in the past year. Mainly? I’ve learned that it’s easy for authors to get fat while writing their book. I’ve heard several times that unless you sacrifice everything else to do what you love, you’re not passionate. I’ve heard that writers choose to write instead of showering, eating, or sleeping. And if you don’t choose writing over these things, you must not be serious about it. I don’t agree with…

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Friday Favorites

Take A Peek Into My Life With Friday Favorites!

A portion of this post is sponsored. My favorite Instagram picture of the week is this one: Jack pulled out his ShrinkyDinks and traced my favorite picture of him and his brother. It has made me smile every time I’ve looked at it. My favorite book? This one that my friend Shannan contributed to! The HerStories Project features stories from over 50 women writers including Jill Smokler from Scary Mommy. The book makes me thankful for all of the friendships…

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Best Day Of My Life iPhone Wallpaper

Best Day Of My Life Lyrics Wallpapers

Have you heard it? The catchy, make-me-smile song that’s all over the radio these days? The one that makes me smile every time I hear it? American Authors: Best Day Of My Life The only thing I don’t love is that you can’t take the song with you. Eventually, you have to leave the car or the house and go about your daily business. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a reminder in your pocket? I created these fun wallpapers…

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Sample chapter from Everything But the Posts: Tips, Advice, and Templates from a Blogger Who Has Been in Your Shoes, including a list of Blogger Referral Networks!

Everything But the Posts Sample Chapter And List Of Blogger Referral Networks

Looking for more blogging tips? Everything But the Posts, my new book, gives tips about setting up a blog, connecting with your community, and monetizing. It’s available in paperback, on Kindle, Nook, and iBooks. ___________ Table of Contents? Check. Beautiful cover design? Check. Index? (grumble, grumble, grumble) Check. Everything But the Posts should be hitting shelves (both ebook and real ones) within a month or so, and I’m pretty darn excited. Though the book is aimed at bloggers who are just starting, I’ve been told…

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13 Favorite Moments of 2013

My 13 Favorite Moments of 2013

My dear friend Courtney posted her 13 favorite moments of 2013 and it was perfectly timed. I wanted to round up my amazing year, but didn’t want to just share my favorite or most popular 13 posts. 2013 was an amazing year and though I didn’t blog about it all, I want to share it with you! 1. I started the year off with a cold and rainy Color Run with some of my best friends. Being in the cold…

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Three Things Teens Can Learn From Phil Robertson

Three Things Teens Can Learn From Phil Robertson

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has been kicked off his own show for voicing his opinions about gays in a GQ interview. Go ahead and read the interview first–you might be surprised at what you see. I actually hadn’t read the entire interview before beginning to write this post, and had to go back and make a few changes after my eyes were opened. As big fans of the show, and as a mom who prides herself on raising her…

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5 Things I've Learned In My First Year Of Working From Home

5 Things I’ve Learned In My First Year Of Working From Home

I quit my job about a year ago. It was a nice job. One with a classroom of my own and a schedule I made for myself. I talked with (and played with) middle school kids all day. I ate lunch in a break room and chatted with other adults. A year ago I started a new job. I put up a fancy website and pitched for clients and spent a lot of time learning an almost-new trade. I still…

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Why I Don't Blog About My Kids On My Mom Blog

Why I Don’t Write About My Kids On My Mom Blog

Welcome to Tween/Teen Tuesday at My Crazy Good Life! Today I’m talking about my boys. Well, I’m not talking about my boys, but rather I’m telling you why I won’t be talking about my boys. On the internet. For the whole world to see. _____________________________________ I used to fit in the “mom blogger” category, but I’m not sure if I do anymore. I used to blog in detail about their sports victories, cute things that happened at school and even…

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