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How to spend a ton of money for things on sale…

Have you ever shopped at a garage sale or Goodwill and the prices are so dirt cheap that you get an attitude when you find something that’s a little higher in price?  Wow, I love this shirt but I am not paying TWO DOLLARS for it.  That’s ridiculous.  A dollar fifty, maybe… Well, the same goes for me when I’m shopping at expensive stores.  After looking through racks of hundred dollar tank tops, if I find something that’s slightly less…

Friday Farm pics (on Sunday!)

I’ve been doing Friday farm pics for about a month or so now and I’ve gotten a lot of comments on how perfect my life seems to be judging by the pictures I show.  This is nice, of course — Who doesn’t want to hear how their life looks perfect?  But it is soooooooo far from the truth and I would never ever want to appear like the type of person who spit-shines their life for public consumption.  I rebel…

Parenting advice I’ll actually listen to…

Recently, I was given a delightful lecture on all that I was doing wrong with my children.  This person told me that my children “acted spoiled” and “aren’t disciplined” and if I don’t do something about it very soon I’m going to have “a real problem on my hands.”  This advice was unsolicited by me, of course.  This advice came out of nowhere as heddy warning of my horrible future fate as a parent who has obliviously screwed up big…

Friday Farm pics and a winner!

Congratulations, Colleen!  You are the winner of this fabulous skirt! Thank you all for your horrific sunburn stories.  I cringed at each and every one of them.  Really, I felt your pain.  It made me think that it’s kind of amazing that no one has come up with a product that actually makes sunburns feel fine and go away.  It seems like we’re all still stuck smearing ourselves with aloe gel and than trying to fan dry with a magazine….

Anybody want a free skirt?

Last week, I posted a picture of me attempting California Casual for the first time… …and getting it completely wrong with this totally cute skirt.  I knew when I bought this skirt that it wasn’t California Casual, but when I tried it on it was soooooo comfortable I just convinced myself it would work.  Well, it doesn’t work, but mostly because it’s a little too big on me.  It’s Patagonia, size large and instead of sending it off to consignment,…

Friday (not so much on the) farm pics!

It is full blown summer — there’s no denying it.  We’ve replaced conversations about homework with conversations about swim goggles…  Have you seen my goggles?  Did you pack my goggles?  My goggles are too tight.  I have water in my goggles…  I think we have about twenty pairs of goggles in our house and somehow we still manage to forget to bring them to the pool.  But hey, if that’s our biggest problem this summer, I’ll happily take it.  Here…

What is California Casual?

Since I’m trying out California Casual all summer, I thought I needed to return to “The Lucky Guide to Mastering any Style” to review exactly what I’ll be shopping for and wearing.  I still love this book.  Still.  I haven’t actually picked up my Lucky guide since last year when it was my constant companion.  And now, flipping through the pages again feels like I’m pouring over an old photo album — There’s Mod!  And Euro Chic!  Oh, remember Bombshell? California Casual…

Cake Rage

Last week, my friend’s daughter broke her wrist and a group of us decided to make a meal for the family.  My part was the dessert and I settled on a cake from Smitten Kitchen called “Best Birthday Cake”.  I usually make my cakes from a box, so the fact that this cake (and frosting) were going to be made completely from scratch was a little daunting and very exciting. I sent Bill off to the store for supplies.  This…