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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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Desk Sweet Desk

Desk Sweet Desk

Ah, vacation. The very word inspires thoughts of hammocks on the beach, quiet days by the river, or the family fun of amusement parks. That is, when everything goes right. Maybe it’s all of those old TV commercials about traveler’s cheques, but vacation time also seems like prime time for something to go wrong. After all, the first part of vacation involves travel, and as we all know, travel often goes wrong. From missed flights to missing luggage to a flat tire on a road trip, travel doesn’t take prisoners when things go wrong.

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There’s No I in Team, Or Pool

There's No I in Team, Or Pool

As you may know, I’m a highly competitive person. I love to win! And I’ll be the first to admit, I used to be the sort of competitive that was unhealthy and “un-fun”. Especially on pool league nights. When it came to frustrations and disappointment, I wore my heart on my sleeve – which can make lining up a shot rather difficult! After years of playing pool that way, I resolved to make a change. After all, this is a game I love, and yet every missed shot or lost match could put me

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Snakes on the Brain

I had one of those rare, but wonderful days recently, where you finish your work and are still full of energy. So I decided to tackle one of the required beginning-of-summer tasks on my To Do list – cleaning the pool deck. Off I went, determined and focused, ready to get the pool deck clean for long summer days. And then I saw it. A snake. We’ve talked about snakes before, haven’t we? I don’t like them. They’re long, they’re creepy, they bite things to death, or worse, squeeze them – blegh. Admittedly, maybe

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