Oct 29, 2014

Graze Box Review - Get 2 Free Boxes!

Leftovers are my nemesis.

If I were a superhero I would spend my days battling a villain made of Tupperware containers of fried rice and half-empty bags of nuts. And also admiring the spiffy leather boots that came with my superhero outfit.

Oct 28, 2014

The Importance of Informed Voting: Prepping For the Mid-Term Elections

In a scene that repeated over and over throughout my childhood, I stood in line with my parents outside the local VFW hall. My father left work early and we waited, sometimes for hours, alongside what seemed like the entire population of our small town, to vote. During that time, anticipating their turn in the polling booth, my parents would talk to my sister and I about why we were there, the voting process and the candidates.

Oct 23, 2014

Shoe Stories Part 2

I've mentioned a few times lately that I'm cleaning out my closet. It's the never ending project. You wouldn't believe the things I've unearthed. College dorm t-shirts, that plaid shirt I had my high-school portraits made in, and a mini skirt I wore bar hopping in the single days. I swear I saw a pair of stirrup pants out of the corner of my eye, but they fled to some far corner before I could catch them.

Oct 22, 2014

Dairy Free Diet: Week 3

I started out the week by cheating. Accidentally. The barista made me do it.

Oct 19, 2014

100 Happy Days - Week 2

The 100 Happy Days website makes a big deal of saying that most people don't finish the challenge due to time.  When I read that I was all, "That's won't be me."

And now this post is 5 days late.

Oct 13, 2014

Dairy-Free Diet: Week 2

It appears an alcoholic kindergartner was put it charge of meal planning this week.  Suffice to say, Week 2 of my 30-day Dairy Elimination Diet wasn't fabulous.  There were multiple meals consisting solely of wine, sugar cravings were out of control and I was seriously grumpy about the whole thing.

Oct 11, 2014

Homemade Frozen Meatballs

For me, pasta and meatballs is the ultimate comfort food.  For years I relied on bags of store-bought frozen meatballs, or just made meat sauce instead, because of the time it took to make homemade meatballs.  But, a few years ago I realized that if I made a big batch and froze them I could have several quick, easy meals for the work of one. There was no going back.

Oct 10, 2014

Shoe Stories

I’m cleaning out my closet today.  I know I said I’d finish it back on Unfinished Project Day.  But, finishing up all my half-done things in one day was a pretty lofty completely unrealistic goal.  So, I’m doing it today.  Really.  I am.  Unless I’m catching up on episodes of Sons Of Anarchy or Haven. I consider those to be completely acceptable reasons excuses.  

Priority One is shoes.  I've long since lost count, but I'm pretty sure I could hang with Imelda. I love them all, but it’s a small closest and space is at a premium so some of them have to go.  And honestly, no adult needs 4 pairs of glitter shoes.  

Oct 8, 2014

100 Days Happy - Week 1

Last Wednesday I started the 100 Happy Days challenge in an effort to find joy in everyday life. By taking a photo of something that makes me happy every day for 100 days I am hoping to focus on the little things that make me smile.

Oct 6, 2014

Dairy-Free Diet - Week 1

Week One of our 30-day dairy-free diet is in the books! Overall, I'm going to call it a win.

I've had no digestive issues or heartburn at all and I think my energy might be a smidge higher. I mean, I still spend most of the day wishing I were napping instead, but that could be the insomnia talking.

Oct 5, 2014

Unfinished Project Day

I love starting a new project.  

It doesn't matter what it is... a new blog post, a craft, or a decorating or organizing project.   I love brainstorming, planning, researching and gathering up supplies. Ok - mostly I love the shopping.  Craft stores are the best. But, office supply stores are the very best.

I think it’s the sense of possibility that draws me in.  I love the idea that a new project can be anything you want it to be.  I love that wide-open feeling when you just know that this new idea is going to turn out amazing.

Oct 2, 2014

Lime Cilantro Chicken

Yummy and easy to make, Lime Cilantro Chicken is one of my favorite dinners. Plus, it’s dairy-free without any alterations, so it was an obvious choice for the first week of our 30-day dairy elimination diet.

Oct 1, 2014

100 Happy Days: Remembering What Makes Me Smile

I've been seeing #100HappyDays making it’s way around my Facebook feed recently.  First, let me say…. hashtags. No. But, this one had me intrigued, so I googled.  

I instantly fell in love with what I found.

Sep 29, 2014

Starting a 30-Day Dairy Free Diet

That picture up there…. that’s just a small portion of the fruits, veggies and proteins that found their way home with me from the store yesterday. Those receipts… they are long.  LONG.

But, you know what isn’t in that pile or on those receipts?  Sour cream. Ice Cream. Yogurt. Milk. CHEESE!

Sep 25, 2014

The Rushing Of The Tide

Earlier this week I spent the afternoon at the beach. It was a spur of the moment trip and I didn’t bother to check the tide schedule so I was a little disappointed to arrive at low tide and find a view of rocks and seaweed instead of the waves I love so much.  But, it was warm and sunny and that’s all I really need.

Sep 16, 2014

Why I'm Faking It, Domestically

Womanhood is a competitive sport.

I learned this lesson early on, sitting in the backseat of a two-toned-blue Suburban on the way home from church, listening to my mom talk about who had made the best showing at the bi-monthly potluck.  Being declared the winner of the church potluck was no easy feat.  The unofficial entrants were older country ladies with their family-secret recipes and young mothers with hearty casseroles designed to satisfy a brood of children while stretching the budget.  It wasn’t fancy food, just tasty, homemade dishes that fed the body and the soul... and gave fuel to the competitive fire.  It was a point of pride for my mom that, at least in her own judgement, she usually “won” potluck.

That same competitive spirit is everywhere in womanhood.  For better or worse, we compete for best dressed, most complex meal, most beautiful dessert, prettiest decorated room, and cutest craft.  Like any athlete, we train.  We hone our skills by watching home improvement shows, flipping through fashion magazines and reading a litany of blogs devoted to every hobby, craft, design style and cooking niche under the sun.  We compete with each other, with society’s ideas and, most importantly, with ourselves.  We strive to be, do and achieve all.   Between careers, homes and families, we have more balls in the air than any juggler.  Which is good, because “Who can fit the most on their plate” is a competition unto itself. We need to be SuperWife, SuperMom, SuperWoman.  The competition isn’t necessarily bad.  It can give us the little push we need to achieve a little more, to be a little more.  

But what if...

What if you didn’t get bitten by the radioactive spider, or whatever it is, that turns you into SuperWoman?  What if your idea of being a Domestic Diva is getting the laundry folded... mostly? What if, when the potluck sign-up sheet comes your way, all you can manage is drinks, or worst, napkins?

I’m that girl.  

I’m an ok cook.  My decorating skills are adequate.  I can usually put together a fashionable outfit. I get most of the stuff on my to-do list checked off eventually. I won’t be getting a gold medal in any of the Home Economics categories. I struggle.  But that’s ok, because I suspect you might struggle too.  I think many... most... all of us struggle sometimes.

Even though I’m not SuperWoman, I’m excellent at one thing... convincing people I am.  

My husband, friends, and family would probably tell you that I’m very domestic.... a great wife, an excellent cook, and a pro at juggling everything. I mostly just have them fooled.

I believe in faking it until you make it.  I think you can make a great meal in minutes, with simple ingredients and basic skills. I like to get a great deal, without being a crazy couponer.  I enjoy a good craft project, without a million steps and supplies.  I like to try new things, even if they don’t always work out.  

That’s the stuff I want to share.  I want to talk about ways to be a real woman, on a real budget, with real time constraints.  When you visit this site, you’ll see tips and tricks for yummy meals and awesome desserts that anyone can make.  We’ll talk about ways to connect with our spouses, friends and family, without needing a psychology degree. I’ll share some home decorating ideas that you don’t need to be an interior designer to pull off.  We’ll look for ways to make over-the-top, fancy things, doable.

I hope you find something you can use here.  I hope you take away one thing that someone oohs and aahs over and makes you feel like you won at womanhood.  

The truth is, I’ll never be SuperWoman.  I might never win at potluck.  But, that’s ok because I’m doing the best I can. 

I’m just Faking It, Domestically.  

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