We were just rocking along, enjoying our empty nest. Travelling. Working. Loving our first grandchild. And then our world turned upside down. In February of 2015 our beautiful Mom went to heaven after a very difficult health battle and then in July of 2016 our Daddy took his last breath, and slipped peacefully away. He grieved her loss every single day after she left. From the moment I got the first phone call that she was sick, through the months that Dad has passed, I’ve had to deal with things that I was completely unprepared for. Stress. Worry. Grief. Care-taking. Sitters. Home Health. Hospice. More Grief. Estates. Insurance. More Grief. And this is what I’ve said over and over again:
“This is the part of life nobody warned me about.”
So I am giving you a heads up. It’s tough.
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This may surprise you, but this message isn’t for those moms about to send their babies off to college, or marriage, or out into the world to spread their wings and fly. It’s actually for you busy young mamas who are in the early years of their marriage. You know who you are. You might have spit up on your yoga pants, your hair is probably in a ponytail, you don’t remember the last time you wore makeup or even left the house for something other than grocery shopping. Or you’re running that perpetual taxi service to school and dance practice and ball practice and church and birthday parties. I was you, once upon a time, not too long ago, and I know you’re super busy and overwhelmed right now, but let me tell you, if you’re not preparing your marriage for the empty nest, you’re making a huge mistake. Do I have your attention? Great! Keep reading! Continue reading “Preparing for the Empty Nest (while you’re still young)”
I have a confession. Are you ready? I don’t cook anymore. Like hardly ever.Now don’t get me wrong. I love to cook! I love trying out new recipes! I have a library of cookbooks, I’ve pinned TONS of recipes on Pinterest (see them here). We love to watch Food TV and various cooking shows together. Our lifestyle as empty nesters just doesn’t call for big meals every night. However, the hubs and I almost always grill something every Sunday evening. And that’s super sweet for me, because that means I relegate the job of chef to him and he does most of the cooking! It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make for the greater good. Continue reading “Another Brisket Recipe”
Happy Fall y’all! (not really, it’s August in Louisiana so….) Anyway, a girl can dream, can’t she? I just love that epic Fall issue of Vogue that comes out each year. I’m pretty certain that 98 percent of that impressive issue is ads and fragrance inserts! Even though I can’t afford much of anything in Vogue, I always get inspiration from the ideas within the pages. Think of it as a paper “mood board” for your closet. I’ve been doing a little research into the fashion trends for Fall 2017, and how I can utilize these new Fall fashion trends in my workwear. I’m excited to share what I’ve found with you! Continue reading “Fall Workwear Refresh”
My place of employment has a monthly award they call the Gold Star. It’s for people who go above and beyond; the ones who really shine at their jobs. I think it’s an incredibly encouraging idea, and one of the things I love most about where I work. In a world full of negativity and angst, it’s so nice to focus on the positive. To encourage people to be the good. I thought it would be fun to think of people who have affected MY life in a positive way and who deserve to win a Gold Star. I’m calling it my SHINING STAR. Because I like shiny things. Warning. I’m crazy. This will be random. Continue reading “Shining Stars – Random People Who Make Me Happy”