Archive - September 2015

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Clothes Off
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The Look Of Big Girl Shoes WITHOUT Having To Tie Laces!
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Don’t Answer This Call—It’s A Scam!
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Little Cough, Big Scare

Clothes Off

  I listen to music all day while I work and when the right song comes on, it gives me a little burst of creative energy. When I first heard this song, I loved it instantly. Unfortunately I didn’t catch the title and I went out of my mind trying to track down this track. I Googled randomness like, “song with sick bass” and “new songs this week that are really cool.” I even hummed the guitar riff into a Shazam type app. How shocking that the title didn’t pop up immediately. Ha. So I listened faithfully to the radio for two weeks—waiting and listening attentively for my song. I drove my music savvy friend Sarah bonkers by humming what I could remember over the phone. She was like, “Um, I’m pretty sure that even if that song exists, it doesn’t go ANYTHING like that.” Well, in your face Sarah. It does exist. And I stand by my original “humdition.” I nailed it. Give or take a few octaves/notes/basic tune/all of it. The song finally came blasting through my mini-van speakers while I sat waiting for my daughter at school pick-up. I took note of key words in the chorus[…]

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The Look Of Big Girl Shoes WITHOUT Having To Tie Laces!

My daughter has always had petite feet (petite everything actually). Even now at the age of nine, she’s sporting size 12-kid shoe. In one way, this is a good thing. As a special kiddo with motor skill delays, tying laces isn’t an option. So, having small feet means there are still lots of shoes to choose from that have Velcro closures. The thing is, she may be little in the tootsies, but she’s a big girl—grade four this year. Fourth Graders tie up their own laces. Avery can’t tie up her own shoes (Yet! We’re working on it!). This is another thing that sets her apart and it frustrates her. So this year she went back to school with BIG GIRL LACE UP SHOES…with a helpful twist. The two pairs Avery got for BTS have the look up lace ups, but can easily be slipped on. 1. Skechers Girl’s Twinkle Toes: Shuffles – Heart N Sole How fun and funky are these sneakers? The high tops provide extra ankle support which helps to keep kids like Avery with weak ankles more stable. Plus, they have a flexible rubber traction outsole which makes them safer for running around on the playground.[…]

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Don’t Answer This Call—It’s A Scam!

  Working from home has its perks. For starters, the commute can’t be beat—it’s bedroom to desk in five seconds flat (give or take depending on hallway traffic and how many pets I have to step over). Working solo has its negatives too of course. Like, if I choke on a carrot stick nacho chip during my lunch break, it’s up to me to heimlich myself—there are no helpful bystanders standing by to help. As well, if a daylight thief should happen by to burgle me, I’m on my own to fend him off (yes, I said him. I’m sure there are female cat burglars too but in my head they’re always big scary men. Sorry men. No offense). And if a homicidal maniac should hideout in my basement, I’ll be the one to get the call to inquire about whether I’ve “checked the children.” Remember this? So the other day as I was working hard at my desk (absolutely NOT watching Jimmy Fallon You Tube videos and bookmarking hairstyles that suit my face shape or entering an online contest to try to win a food dehydrator…) the home phone rang. I jumped. In light of recent PTSD stimulating circumstances,[…]

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Little Cough, Big Scare

  It started as a simple cough. Then simple turned into complicated. And we took one giant step backwards. “We’ve come so far,” I sobbed to my husband. “It’s unfair,” I cried into his shoulder. It took me years to quiet the fears after our daughter suffered her first and nearly fatal seizure. It took time and hard work to get back on track after that. But, eventually the PTSD faded into fleeting worries, and those worries began to quiet. Mostly. We finally had a taste of what family life is like without the fear. So this summer we ventured far and wide and high. We traveled by plane—up in the air for hours away from the possibility of medical assistance. We enjoyed a cabin high up in the mountains. We frolicked in lakes, camped, and canoed, paddling farther and farther away from access to help if we should need it. But guess what? I wasn’t worried. At all. Life was sweet—the sweetest and most fun it’s ever been for our family. Then the cough.  Our son got it first. Just a dry hacking cough, no other symptoms. A month later, near the very end of our family vacation in[…]

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