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  I'm always a bit sad when my kids go back to school. In the summer that is. After winter break I am ready for a fresh start. It's probably part the whole New Year's resolution fresh start thing, part cabin fever being stuck inside with the frigid cold and lots of chattering children, and […] Read More


Alex here and I will tell you I'm officially overwhelmed. Yep we still have almost a week of Christmas break left at our house (I mean really nearly 3 weeks of vacation for these kids?!) and I have a book deadline on the 15th. It's going to be very cold and snowy around here the […] Read More


Summer is full on. (Dare I say half over? I'm writing this in a whisper text because I don't want it to be true.) Which means it's time for planning. Because let’s be serious, we all know the year doesn’t begin in January. It begins in September. That’s been true since we were in school […] Read More


Hi Friends! I know I've dropped some hints. But in case you missed them, I have a new book coming out! Yes, May 3rd! Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What’s Right in Front of Me chronicles my nine-month experiment to accomplish exactly what the title says: loving my actual life a little […] Read More

Change. It's inevitable. It can be exciting, for a moment. It can be scary, especially as it approaches. It can be exhausting, almost always. And yet we rarely talk about how to maneuver through it. Weeks ago, when I was in the crazy of finishing my book manuscript I had a number of friends who […] Read More

Lalo Star

Yesterday was my youngest’s fourth birthday.* She is my baby in the sense that she is at the end of the family, but I don’t tend to think of her that way because they are all my babies. But yesterday I felt the sting that my “baby” is growing up. Summer at our house is […] Read More


  I spent a good portion of this weekend working. Editing some early chapters of a new book. A book that is well….all about me. Yes it feels like the second book about me which is awkward right? Who wants to read more about this girl? What is there possibly left to say? I could […] Read More

Pretty Quote, Tammy Strait

I met Tammy Strait in real life last summer when I was on a family vacation visiting my friend Krista in Idaho. Krista and Tammy are neighbors and one day during our trip Tammy and her 3 sons came over for lunch. It was casual yet hardly superficial. Because though we were meeting  face to […] Read More


I love a good deal. And I really love a free deal. And I really, really love moms. And Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday! That said, I’m happy to be joining a whole bunch of other writer-types who also love moms in the Mother of all Mother’s Day Giveaways hosted by Grace for Moms. It' […] Read More

It was just a few months ago, typing away in a private Facebook group for an online class, where I used this phrase, “I am a writer.” Our instructor had challenged us as a group to claim the title, writer. For many of my fellow cyber classmates I appeared to have the needed resume, I’ve […] Read More