Color Your Style – Book Review / Discussion

Color Your Style - Book Review / Discussion

Color Your Wardrobe Girls, do you like to color? Color Your Style by David Zyla is like coloring for grown-up girls. My coworkers and I have been studying this book for the last six months, at least.  We’ve been geeked-out on color!  That’s what happens when you work in a library.  You latch onto a book and don’t let it go, no matter its due

Everything, but The Kitchen Sink

Why this mom is packing everything, including the kitchen sink!

My brother and I eagerly climbed up into the back of our 1977 burgundy Oldsmobile Station Wagon. Because vacations of my childhood always began in the pre-twilight hours when most of the world was tucked into their beds, my parents folded down the back seat, giving us a queen size snooze through New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. We never closed our eyes; surprises awaited us,

Buy Glasses Online with Firmoo

I'll never buy glasses at my eye doctors again. Here's how to order your new glasses online~

This past April, I received a pair of glasses from  They changed my feelings about buying and wearing glasses. In the past, I thought of glasses as being almost solely utilitarian.  My style was restricted by price and availability.  Now, thanks to online retailers, like, my glasses are both utilitarian and fashionable.  They are accessories, just like a necklace, scarf, or purse. Being

Why I Took A Vacation Day to Clean

House Cleaning Woes of a Working In-The-Home and Out-of-the-Home Mom

I took a vacation day today, so I can stay home and clean my house. I can’t imagine anything more pathetic, but if I don’t get this Christmas tree down soon, I’m going to have to make hearts to hang on it. I thought about selling the house, as is, and starting over with a clean slate, but my husband wasn’t quite on board with

ThredUP, An Online Thrift Store

ThredUP - an online thrift store

Today I want to introduce you to a “new-to-me” company that I am loving, ThredUP. It’s an online thrift store for women and children that buys and sells clothes, shoes, and accessories. I made a little video to introduce ThredUP and show you my most recent purchase. Please forgive me for being such a dork. Videos are certainly not my specialty, but I was pressed

Conquering Forty

Conquering Forty - one woman's journey into mid-life

Everything changes when you turn forty, especially for women. At least, that’s what I’ve been told. I’m sure you’ve read the blog posts and magazine articles about life after forty.  There are bags and sags, bumps and lumps, and hair – wild and unruly, growing on your chin, nose, and toes. At least, that’s what I’ve been told. I’ll be forty on February twelfth and

Scrappy + Crappy = Happy (scrapbooking)


After all my talk about New Year’s resolutions and letting go of baggage in 2015, I decided to take some of my own advice. I don’t always do that. Last Friday I took a vacation day, so I had this wonderful twenty-four hours of time to use any way I like.  I immediately thought of the to-do list lingering in the back of my mind. 

Let it Go in 2015

Let it go in 2015, a new look at resulations, goals, and the future

About a week ago, I was standing in the checkout line at the grocery store and I did something I rarely do.  I picked up the January 2015 issue of Real Simple Magazine and I bought it. Here’s why. LET IT GO 62 ideas to free yourself from guilt, clutter, stress, and body hang-ups and make this your best year yet That’s what this issue

Shopping with A Teenage Girl

Shopping with Teens

Have you ever had one of those mornings when you wake up feeling good and rested? I know. Doesn’t happen often.  But, every once in a while we get a morning where we feel so good we even skip the wrinkle cream. Then we go birthday shopping with our teen (pre-teen, tween, whatever!). Going into Aeropostale (please substitute your kid’s choice of store) is like

All I Want for Christmas

My baby just grew up!

I remember the Christmas when all my son wanted was a jump rope.  He wasn’t dreaming of toys or games or sugar-plums dancing in his head.  The boy wanted a jump rope, and when he sets his mind to something, there is no swaying him. As luck would have it, we couldn’t find a jump rope in the stores to save our lives, or our