My Adventures At the Mall – Organization in the New Year

Last month (year) I began a new side blogging project as the Stoneridge Mall Blog Correspondent. Every month I’m given an assignment, a gift card from Simon Malls and am sent to the mall to make magic happen. Ok, well not magic but at least some organization in my house, which is not so much magic as a miracle.

So my assignment was to find something in the mall that would help me get organized in 2012.  The term organization was left up to me to interpret and I was given free reign in deciding what I was going to purchase. Continue reading “My Adventures At the Mall – Organization in the New Year”

Win Tickets to Circus Vargas And Enjoy The Magic

Ahhh, the Circus. Full of magic and wonder and everything that makes being a child wonderful. For me the circus was more than just the yearly drive to Oakland to visit the big top, it was a family affair.

My uncle was the ringmaster for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, so every summer when it came to town we were lucky enough to run around with the clowns afterwards and step into the three rings during the show. When I think back on those circus trips my memories are always filled with sequins and lights and the smell of popcorn and cotton candy.

I loved the circus, and I still do.

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Trust Women

I don’t remember how old I was the first time I wrote a letter to my State Senator. I do know that there were quite a few and they covered of myriad of issues that in my young mind were the most important issues in the world. Usually regarding animals, development amid the foothills around my hometown, high traffic areas where there needed to be a stop sign, and of course a women’s right to choose.

I don’t really remember learning about Roe v Wade. I don’t know if it was explained to me by my mom after seeing something on the news or after a day of shopping at the mall and seeing the sporadic pro-life protesters outside the women’s health clinic nearby. Or if it was simply a piece of history learned at school. What I remember is just always knowing it was there and always knowing that it was sacred. Continue reading “Trust Women”

Inspiring Girls at SheHeroes

She Can Be Anything She Wants to Be

On Fridays I like to do a round up of work stuff that I did through out the week. But today I’m going to focus on one project.  I am now working as the New Media Director for SheHeroes, an amazing Non-profit organization that is helping to inspire the youth of today into becoming the heroes of tomorrow.

SheHeroes showcases first person interviews with some amazing women to help show young tweens that they don’t have to be locked into the traditional female roles, but can actually become anything they want to be. Read More


Most of you on Facebook may have noticed the retro thing going on with people’s profile pictures. Well considering how many dozens photo albums and picture boxes I have stocked full of millions of pictures, I thought it would be fun to pull out some old pictures, scan them and then tag all my old school friends. But instead I ended up spending an entire evening pouring through every single photo album and photo box I own.

I have pictures that of course begin with me as a baby, my childhood, teen years and into the years my husband and I were dating, our wedding and of course there were tons of both pregnancies and the kids all the way through now. My mind is kind of racing full of all the memories. It’s so weird to look back and see how much I’ve grown and changed. And even weirder to see how much the kids have grown and changed. I swear it was just yesterday that they were born. Then again I would’ve sworn that it was only yesterday that I got married or graduated high school…

There were so many pictures that just took me back. Friends and family that have long since passed away, friends that are still in my life today. So many people and so many memories.

Nothing puts your life into a sharper focus then looking back over your life in pictures. It reminds you of where you come from and who you are. It also reminded me of just how fast my babies are growing and that I should take time to slow down and smell the roses with them more often.

My dad took this picture when I was in elementary school. He told me to picture the woman I’d be when I was 30 and to say hi to that woman. And now here I am, 32, looking at that same picture, saying hi back to that girl I once was.

I never did scan any pictures and upload them to Facebook. Maybe tomorrow…