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40 year old Jason with newborn LG

Five Bonuses of Being a New Dad at (or Around) 40

By: , May 20th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

No, I Assure You, I'm Not His Grandfather

It doesn’t matter how you became a new dad at (or around) 40.  What matters is you did, and because of that, you are in rare company.  According to the …

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Yummy Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

By: , May 15th, 2015. Posted in: Recipes

The most sweet-tangy-gooey-crunchy Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp you've ever tasted!

I grew up in the Midwest, so rhubarb is a vegetable I’m very familiar with (although I didn’t know it was a vegetable until doing research for this post.)  You …

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Four weeks into flipping my diet, I'm feeling pretty good!

Flip This Diet – Episode 3

By: , May 11th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Health

Four Weeks In - RESULTS!

It has been six weeks since the fourth member of our family arrived, and Little Girl has been growing like it’s her job!  It basically is her job, so if …

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Chris with LG.

5 Gifts to Show Mom You Care on Mother’s Day

By: , May 8th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Money, Parenting

A list to help you find your best gift idea.

Mother’s Day is the one day per year that moms all over the world are recognized for all they do.  While a tangible gift is not always necessary to …

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The Moto X - paired with Republic Wireless service

Review of Republic Wireless

By: , May 6th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Money, Reviews

A Wi-Fi Phone Service to Cut Costs, But Can it Improve Service?

For most of 2013 and 2014, Chris and I were spending nearly $195 per month between two smartphone plans.  While we were no longer “grandfathered-in” with unlimited data, …

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All meat loaf should have pockets of cheesy goodness.

Marginally Mexican Meatloaf

By: , May 1st, 2015. Posted in: Recipes

Meatloaf.  The word brings up visions of drab, grey, undisciplined mounds of ground beef.  Sometimes smothered in ketchup (how gauche!) or worse, “brown” gravy.  But if I’m being honest, I’m …

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breakfast (eggs, sausage, broccoli, pinto beans), lunch (italian wedding soup, chicken salad wraps, cottage cheese), a snack (saag paneer), and dinner (a hamburger patty w/ mushrooms and bacon, black beans, kimchee, and avocado).

Flip This Diet – Episode 2

By: , April 24th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Health

The Slow Carb Flipping Has Begun!

Flipping this diet has begun!  But before we get to the good stuff, let me explain a few things.

First, you may notice that my timelines are two weeks between …

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The first time Chris met LB.

Cesarean: Just Another C-Word

By: , April 22nd, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Health, Parenting

Challenging the taboo of c-section births.

Today is my nineteenth day of healing from my second c-section surgery.  I am mentally feeling more like myself and the wound in my abdomen has become tolerable without pain medication.  I still …

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Cream of Cabbage Soup

Cream of Cabbage Soup

By: , April 17th, 2015. Posted in: Recipes

A childhood favorite.

When I was a little girl, my mom used to make this soup.  I’m sure she probably started making it because the ingredients were cheap and easy to find, but …

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Star Wars Figurines

I Let My Son Play With Boba Fett

By: , April 15th, 2015. Posted in: Parenting

A meditation on toddler impulse control and sharing your childhood toys with your kids

Let me start by admitting I lied (and I’m sorry).  I know the headline states, “I Let My Son Play With Boba Fett”, but I wasn’t fortunate enough as a …

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