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Dog Eat Dog? Dog Eat Everything!

Dog Eat Dog? Dog Eat Everything!

You may recall that I recently adopted Carly, an 18-month-old Great Dane. Great Danes are known, primarily, for their size. (Think Marmaduke.) Carly is such a sweet girl, but still a puppy, and, as such, she requires a lot of attention. Her favorite time of day is our Matchmaker morning video conference meetings – where she makes a valiant attempt to get into my lap (yes, she thinks she’s a lap dog!). In the past four months, I’ve realized that Carly is a chewer. Crafty Carly found a way to make our loveseat all her own by

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The “Spirit” of Competition

The "Spirit" of Competition

It’s coming. The big secret no one is expecting. Hidden from sight! Obscured from vision! It’s—it’s—Mary and Dale’s Secret Halloween Costumes! Halloween is tomorrow night, and I can’t wait. My husband Dale and I dress up in themed matching costumes every year to attend a local Halloween party with a great contest. This year, I’m really going for a win (yes, I say even Halloween is a good excuse to get competitive!) so Dale and I are keeping our costumes totally secret until the party. Sorry, Mary Monday fans. What I can reveal are some

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The Only Jets I Love

The Only Jets I Love

It may be football season, but you won’t hear me professing my love for the Jets. Sorry, Jets fans! No, you’ll find the jets I love at air shows. In fact, if there is an air show within 100 miles of my house, you can bet I’m going! I grew up going to local air shows in Wilmington, NC where pilots from all over – hobbyist and military both – brought their coolest tech, showing off everything from jets to privately owned planes to other cool military equipment. Kids and the young-at-heart could sit

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Would You Pay $200 for a Book? I Did.

Would You Pay $200 for a Book? I Did.

And that’s not the kicker… When you have a child, you spend a lot of time theorizing about how to pay for college…and the next thing you know, applications are going out, and your theories get put to the test! This year, my oldest son, Denver, started college. Of course, we’re beaming with pride. It’s a great feeling to see your once-small baby grow up and take his first steps toward his future as an adult. It’s absolutely one of the highlights of my life as a parent, and I couldn’t be happier. Lucky for

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KISS Another Year Goodbye

KISS Another Year Goodbye

  Got your coffee? Well, grab a slice of cake to go along with it, because HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!  That’s right, today is my birthday. This is a pre-written dispatch from my desk, as I have taken the day off work to spend quality time with me, myself and I. I have a full day of pampering planned. First off, manicure and pedicure. There’s nothing like starting your special day dozing off in one of those big massage chairs. After I’ve got my claws looking fabulous, I’ll head to the outlets for a

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Are You Ready for Some Football? Not at These Prices!

Are You Ready for Some Football? Not at These Prices!

If you’re unfamiliar with my love of college football, you must be new here. Welcome! (Unless you’re an Auburn fan…in which case…you can stay, but this is an Alabama blog.) The countdown to college football season is in full swing, and I’m already itching to get to a game. I went ahead and looked into purchasing tickets for Alabama vs. Florida State on September 2nd, and nearly fell out of my tailgating chair when I saw the price. $438.00 per seat – and that’s for the section above the nosebleeds! I can’t figure out

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The Secret to Middle School Algebra

The Secret to Middle School Algebra

Back to school season is one of my favorite times of year. Not only do I get to shop for new clothes, pens, and pencils, I get to watch my wonderful boys grow up. (I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that getting them out of the house after a long, hot summer is also a plus!) This year, Timothy, my youngest son, is taking a big step into middle school. In Alabama, middle school starts at 5th grade – which seems so young to me! Middle school means so many new things:

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Hoping (and Hunting) for Diamonds

Hoping (and Hunting) for Diamonds

I went diamond mining. To answer your first questions, no, I did not find a Hope Diamond-sized rock. If I had, well…today’s blog may have been a little late while I extended my mini-vacation. Luckily, my favorite niece, my friend, and I didn’t have to go all the way to Africa to try our hand at diamond mining. Our adventure took us to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. The park is built on an old volcanic crater that produces actual diamonds. For only ten bucks, you get a day pass to

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I Got a New (90 Pound) Puppy!

I Got a New (90 Pound) Puppy!

Maybe it’s because my boys are all becoming young (nearly grown) men, but I’ve been wanting a new ‘baby’ around the house for a few years. When a friend recently sent me the link to a rescue facility seeking adoptive parents for a gorgeous, full-blooded Great Dane puppy, my maternal instincts kicked right in. It was love at first sight. And I became obsessed; I knew Carly belonged with us. Then, I almost got my heart broken. When I called to inquire, Two by Two Rescue informed me that Carly had just been claimed

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Why I Disagree with This 4-Year-Old Girl

Why I Disagree with This 4-Year-Old Girl

See that little girl down below? Her name is Hadley. And, although she may be cute, we’re going to have to disagree on a very important issue. You see, Hadley wouldn’t wish her Paw-Paw (grandfather) a Happy Father’s Day because “he wasn’t her daddy”. Her staunch refusal to recognize a very important male role model in her life landed her a guest appearance on the NBC show hosted by Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots. What little Hadley doesn’t yet understand is that biology has nothing to do with being a great dad. I didn’t

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