To Never Squelch This. #SheIsJoy

I started using the #sheisjoy hashtag a year or two ago when I would post and share photos of Miss E. Since the day she was born she has been joyful, always smiling, so very happy and high on life. She brought peace when she was born and helped heal my hurting heart. But it’s that joy that has always been so infectious. I joke that she is always dreaming of unicorns and rainbows and that she is the flower child of this decade.

She is colorful and chooses the most flamboyant outfits, wants to match Miss F as much as she can and lives life loudly and proudly.

I totally miss her this year. I think back to the year I was pregnant with Miss F and I loved our days together and I miss her energy, exuberance and even a stitch of her crazy being home with me but kindergarten is good. It is so good. She is happy and making friends and having fun and learning so much. Like how to read. {!!!}



So this morning she was getting ready and brought me two different colored socks and said, “Mom, there’s just something about two different socks. Today I’m going to wear these two and tomorrow I’ll wear their matches.”

I stood there for a second thinking of how umm, weird, this was and I really, truly wanted to say, “NO! We wear matching socks!”

But I didn’t. I said, “ok, sounds good” and she smiled while she pulled on her mismatched socks.

When I want to say no to her crazy requests I make myself stop these days and think about if it really matters and if I’m saying no, is it because it really matters or is it because it’s about me. Because sometimes the over the top, accessorized outfits are a little too much for me. But they are SO her. And I want her to LOVE who she is and never, ever feel as though she has a reason to apologize or not be who she is.


Because She. Is. Joy. The best kind there is.

And I hope and pray that I never, ever squelch this.
{For a blast from the past, go back and read one of my favorite Miss E posts ever- Hi Ho Cherrio}

The Best of Me FREE Screening. {Minneapolis.}



Nicholas Sparks fans will be excited for his newest book turned movie, The Best of Me. It opens in theaters nationwide October 17, 2014 but Minneapolis/St. Paul fans can get an early glimpse by downloading free passes to the screening for Wednesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. at the Showplace ICON theatre in St. Louis Park.

To download your free passes, Go to and enter the code BESTOFMEMSP  (while supplies last). Please keep in mind that seating will be on a first come, first served basis so it is recommended to arrive early.

The Best of Me:

The story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of the beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

My Little Girls Shared Room.

On Labor Day weekend while Miss F was playing down the hall we heard a crash and as I walked down the hall, I was shocked to see she had pulled her book shelf completely off the wall. It was a mess of drywall and chipped paint and books. Everywhere books. The book shelf before […]

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Star Wars REBELS: Spark of Rebellion FREE SCREENING {Minneapolis}


You’re invited to attend a one-time-only event screening of STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION on the big screen before it debuts on Disney Channel on October 3rd! Screening will take place on Saturday, September 27 at 10:45am at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park, MN. Up to 4 passes can be downloaded RIGHT HERE […]

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Red Gold’s 2-A-Day Crock Pot Giveaway!

Here starts the fourth week of school and for many of us, a better attempt at dinner. I don’t know about you but planning ahead is my biggest issue. If I think about it and plan it, dinner time is awesome. If I wait until 1 p.m. that day and it dawns on me that […]

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18 Things to Do in the Twin Cities This Fall

1. Pick apples at Afton Apple Orchard. {Hastings} With so many varieties of apples, this is the destination if you are looking for a pick your own. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. they have festivals and lots of additional fall attractions on the weekends. {Local blogger Dining with Alice just did a great […]

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Honey Maid Does it Again! #NotBroken

Today is National Stepfamily Day and Honey Maid has done it again! They have launched their newest ad and I am a fan. I have written many, many things over the years about being a stepmom. From the beginning when insecurities loomed and life was hard. We were figuring it out. One day at a […]

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Creative Kidstuff Grows with Goodness

We love Creative Kidstuff! It’s been a favorite store of ours since my oldest (now 12) was young. They have an amazing assortment of educational games, books & toys. Earlier this summer, my girls and I stopped in to the Linden Hills location on a day of fun as part of our Summer Bucket List. […]

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Two weeks in the books and I can’t say the mornings have gotten any easier. Each morning my alarm goes off and I instantly miss summer and pretty much pout and whine my way out of bed but within three hours time when everyone but Miss F is at school and the day has begun […]

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My Perspective on Education: On Parent Signatures

Today’s guest post is from Heather Shumaker, author of the book, It’s OK NOT to Share… and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids. This post originally appeared on her blog and was submitted and shared here with her permission. For more information on the series or to submit your own perspective on […]

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