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2019 European Vacation: Day Eight in London

2019 European Vacation: Day Eight in London

As promised, we made sure the boys set their feet in London before flying back to the States. A quick ...
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2019 European Vacation: Days Six and Seven in Milan, Italy

2019 European Vacation: Days Six and Seven in Milan, Italy

The weather was a bit gray when we left Levanto, an indication that the remainder of our Italian experience would ...
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2019 European Vacation: Day Five in Levanto and Cinque Terre, Italy

2019 European Vacation: Day Five in Levanto and Cinque Terre, Italy

It was hard to leave France, if I'm honest. We had just found our stride with the neighborhood and language, ...
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2019 European Vacation: Day Four in Antibes and Cannes during the Film Festival

2019 European Vacation: Day Four in Antibes and Cannes during the Film Festival

We scheduled a morning to sleep in and take our time, which was necessary for happy moods and getting some ...
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2019 European Vacation: Day Three in Monaco for the Formula 1 Grand Prix Practice

2019 European Vacation: Day Three in Monaco for the Formula 1 Grand Prix Practice

If you'd have told me as recently as January that I would want to go to Monaco for a Formula ...
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2019 European Vacation: Day Two in Antibes, Côte d'Azur (the French Riviera)

2019 European Vacation: Day Two in Antibes, Côte d’Azur (the French Riviera)

It was a genius move to sleep in the hotel connected to Gatwick Airport because our Easy Jet flight from ...
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2019 European Vacation: Day One in Kingston-Upon-Thames and Brighton

2019 European Vacation: Day One in Kingston-Upon-Thames and Brighton

Last year, when Chuck and I flew to the UK, we opted for an overnight flight so we wouldn't lose ...
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So we went to Europe.

So we went to Europe.

At some point during winter, Chuck and I started talking about where to take the boys on a summer vacation ...
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Mother's Day 2019

Mother’s Day 2019

Several years ago, as a gift to myself, I decided that as long as we are homeschooling our academic year ...
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F1: A New Obsession

F1: A New Obsession

I don't know if this is a short-lived phase or the beginning of something, but I've become a Formula 1 ...
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Mumford & Sons on their Delta Tour

Mumford & Sons on their Delta Tour

When I became a Mumford & Sons fan, Chuck and I were in the midst of trying to move back ...
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Where in the world have I been

Where in the world have I been

In my former life, blogging was an almost-every-other-day thing. I had so much to say, so much to post, so ...
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Book review: Behind Her Eyes

Book review: Behind Her Eyes

I love a story with a good twist. Better yet, I love a story with several good twists. I enjoy ...
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Book review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Book review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

I've had this book on my shelf for a while, and when a BookTuber I follow selected it as the ...
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First Snow Day of 2019

First Snow Day of 2019

We don't get a lot of snow around here, but when there's a threat of an inch, schools and businesses ...
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Gregory Alan Isakov in concert

Gregory Alan Isakov in concert

I have a short list of artists I want to see in concert. As a fan of not wasting time ...
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A perpetual gray cloud

A perpetual gray cloud

January is supposed to be an inspirational month, a time when folks have the most amount of resolve to improve ...
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Book review: I Found You

Book review: I Found You

I'm not sure if double or triple timelines is a trend that authors are choosing independently or if literary agents ...
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Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018

Honestly, we did our best. It was a tough year, so it's hard to be festive during a time that's ...
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Favorite books I read in 2018

Favorite books I read in 2018

In 2017, I settled into a genre that doesn't seem to be waning. I've always enjoyed a good whodunit, but ...
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Book review: The Last Mrs. Parrish

Book review: The Last Mrs. Parrish

The quickest way to describe this book to you is to reference "Single White Female" and point to that level ...
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Book review: The Ruin

Book review: The Ruin

Twenty years ago the body of Hilaria Blake was found in her home. An apparent overdose left her two children ...
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Book review: I'll Be Gone in the Dark

Book review: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I'm late on this review, but it is not a reflection on its quality. I listened to it on audiobook ...
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Book review: The Lady in the Tower

Book review: The Lady in the Tower

One of my favorite historians is Alison Weir. Not only is she thorough and detailed, but she writes in a ...
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Book review: Burntown

Book review: Burntown

Burntown has been on my TBR (To Be Read) list since I heard about it. Already a big fan of ...
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December so far

December so far

We have officially crawled into Christmas break, and, to be honest, it wasn't pretty. The fall semester has been a ...
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Book review: Frankenstein

Book review: Frankenstein

One of the perks of developing my own English class for our co-op is selecting works I love and think ...
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Book review: Magpie Murders

Book review: Magpie Murders

My experience with The Word is Murder was so delightful that I immediately investigated other Anthony Horowitz novels and selected ...
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Medal No. 22

Medal No. 22

I signed up for the Santa Hustle Half Marathon in the Smokies back in the summer, not yet knowing that ...
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Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving 2018

My parents are moving back to Tennessee, and since they are already in the process of the move, it made ...
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Book review: The Word is Murder

Book review: The Word is Murder

If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, whether the original Doyle stories or the Benedict Cumberbatch show, then The ...
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The UK Trip: Day 10 in Amsterdam

The UK Trip: Day 10 in Amsterdam

For a dozen reasons, we didn't want to leave Scotland. How can one look forward to a trip for more ...
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The UK Trip: Day 9 in Inverness and Banff

The UK Trip: Day 9 in Inverness and Banff

By Day 9, we were acutely aware of how quickly time was passing us by. It was an impossibility to ...
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The UK Trip: Day 8 in the Scottish Highlands

The UK Trip: Day 8 in the Scottish Highlands

Having spent one full day in Edinburgh and one full day in London, I for sure knew I was a ...
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The UK Trip: Day 7 in Edinburgh

The UK Trip: Day 7 in Edinburgh

We arrived in Edinburgh Thursday evening just as it was getting dark. We were fortunate to find our Airbnb apartment ...
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The UK Trip: Day 6 in Northern England, Alnwick Castle, and Bamburgh Castle by the sea

The UK Trip: Day 6 in Northern England, Alnwick Castle, and Bamburgh Castle by the sea

The night in Horsley near Newcastle was a delight, and the Airbnb apartment where we stayed was in an old, ...
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The UK Trip: That one night in Newcastle

The UK Trip: That one night in Newcastle

Of all the unpredictable details of our anniversary trip - the pleasant weather, the ease in which we navigated the ...
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The UK Trip: Day 5 in Oxford and the Cotswolds

The UK Trip: Day 5 in Oxford and the Cotswolds

The plan for Wednesday, October 10, was to spend the morning walking in Oxford and driving through the Cotswolds before ...
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The moment I thought all was lost

The moment I thought all was lost

Last week I had a near heart attack when this site went blank. A corrupt plugin (or perhaps a plugin ...
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The UK Trip: Day 4 in Windsor and Dorset

The UK Trip: Day 4 in Windsor and Dorset

Originally, my plan was to drive to Brighton, then Dorset and up to Oxford, but when I couldn't find room ...
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The UK Trip: Day 3 to Rye, Dover, and Canterbury

The UK Trip: Day 3 to Rye, Dover, and Canterbury

Every day we spent in England was meticulously mapped out to make the most of our limited time. Scotland was ...
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The UK Trip: Day 3 at Hever Castle

The UK Trip: Day 3 at Hever Castle

We visited more than just Hever Castle on Day 3, but my affection for Queen Anne Boleyn warrants its own ...
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The UK Trip: Days 1 and 2

The UK Trip: Days 1 and 2

I've already confessed to the number of photos I took throughout our 12-day trip. I'm not embarrassed or ashamed, but ...
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700 photos later...

700 photos later…

In 2006, Chuck and I started talking about taking a trip to the UK. Until last week, it had always ...
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When you don't take your own advice

When you don’t take your own advice

Chuck and I are going on a trip, but before we leave I have eleventy billion tasks to complete. I'm ...
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Book Review: Lying in Wait

Book Review: Lying in Wait

Since I have another half marathon coming up - in a few days, no less - I've kept on with ...
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The Possum Chronicles

The Possum Chronicles

It began on Tuesday night, September 4, when Major lost his mind. Evenings are typically low-key for our blue tick ...
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Book Review: The Secrets She Keeps

Book Review: The Secrets She Keeps

Now that half marathon training exceeds an hour (and nears two), I'm in the market for wholly absorbing thrillers to ...
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Book Review: The Anatomy of Dreams

Book Review: The Anatomy of Dreams

Well, they can't all be perfect. I've been on a roll with books lately, devouring one right after the other ...
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Summer is in the rearview

Summer is in the rearview

We are fully immersed in the fall schedule - homeschool co-op classes, soccer for Jeremy, another round of equine therapy ...
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Brewers vs. Braves: A Victory

Brewers vs. Braves: A Victory

We'd gone out to dinner one night this summer to one of those restaurants with TVs scattered throughout the room ...
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Equine therapy and Jackson's first horse show

Equine therapy and Jackson’s first horse show

Last fall, after Jackson finished nearly three months of occupational therapy to help with his spatial awareness, fine motor skills, ...
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Santa Fe with Michele

Santa Fe with Michele

Earlier this year, Chuck started asking me what I wanted to do to celebrate turning 40 years old. Figuring that ...
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Book Review: Something in the Water

Book Review: Something in the Water

Catherine Steadman is a British actress known for her role as Mabel Lane Fox in season 5 of Downton Abbey, though ...
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We rented a boat and loved it

We rented a boat and loved it

We've caught a bad bug. Something happened this summer, and I can't necessarily pinpoint when everything shifted. The idea of ...
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Book Review: The Immortalists

Book Review: The Immortalists

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side when the Gold siblings - Daniel, Varya, Klara, and Simon - ...
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The week that went by too quickly

The week that went by too quickly

While our lifestyle affords us plenty of family time, Chuck and I don't get a lot of time just the ...
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Book Review: Sometimes I Lie

Book Review: Sometimes I Lie

I resolved to write this book review before diving into other things because I simply must implore you all read ...
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Book Review: A Faint Cold Fear

Book Review: A Faint Cold Fear

I am slowly making my way through a stack of borrowed Karin Slaughter books, but goodness gracious almighty, I have ...
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Book Review: Astonish Me

Book Review: Astonish Me

I've had this one on my shelf for a couple of years, waiting for the pull to read it. I ...
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Container Gardening + Plant Collecting

Container Gardening + Plant Collecting

Typically, by mid-June, I'd be nurturing a well-groomed garden and plucking off a zucchini here, a tomato there. In previous ...
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Jackson turns 12

Jackson turns 12

The first time Jackson asked to repaint his bedroom, which had been a shade of light blue since buying this ...
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Girls Weekend June 2018

Girls Weekend June 2018

The original idea for one our 2018 Girls Weekends was to reunite in New York City where our friendship really ...
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Book Review: 12 Rules for Life

Book Review: 12 Rules for Life

This book was born out of Jordan Peterson's knack for answering questions on Quora. When asked, "What are the most ...
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Book Review: The Taming of the Queen

Book Review: The Taming of the Queen

On the morning of the Royal Wedding, I felt a strong pull back to an early literary love of mine ...
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Book Review: The Wife Between Us

Book Review: The Wife Between Us

I've shied away from reading books with titles that have been directly marketed. Yes, all titles are designed to spark ...
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