Speedy Dinners with SheKnows and Jimmy Dean

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Today I'm over at SheKnows talking about how I get dinner on the table in 15 minutes. Yes, I know that sounds like an impossible task, but I promise you - with a little planning and the right ingredients, it's totally doable. In this post, which is sponsored by Jimmy Dean, you'll find time tested tips that will help you make a delicious dinner, even when you're short on time. Here's a sneak peak: As a busy, working mom, I learned a long time ago that dinner needs to be on the table … [Read more...]

Where I’ve Been

Back in March, I created this space - a place to share my words and thoughts. It was something to keep me occupied - to keep the writing juices flowing. Then, I became wrapped up in all the excitement that makes blogging the wonderful outlet that it is. Series? Yup, I tried those. Blog Swaps? Yup, did those too. Guest Posting? Oh yes. I'd come home from work, throw something at my family for dinner and get to the computer. Why? I was a blogger and I thought that's what I had to do. Well, … [Read more...]

Simple Words

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This weekend I pushed past my nerves and attended my first writer’s conference, which also means that my fiction was critiqued for the first time. It was a harrowing experience that yielded unexpected results. I have a lot to learn. But it’s okay, actually it’s better than okay - it’s downright wonderful. No, that wasn’t sarcasm. From listening to others critique my work I realized that raw ability and desire isn’t enough. The technical aspects of writing exist for a reason and every writer … [Read more...]

Revealing News!

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My initiation into the blogging world in March coincided with my desire to take writing seriously. Up until then I had been one of those, "oh, I should write something" kind of people. I was a sayer, not a doer. Those days are over. The spark was ignited and it's never going out. There's many people I have to thank for that: namely my husband, family, and friends. However, there's another group people who deserve my thanks, all of whom I've never met before: my fellow bloggers. These … [Read more...]

Why Our Kids Need to Be Okay With Mommy Screen Time

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It's six o'clock on a Sunday night. I've spent the last ten hours cooking, cleaning and getting my house ready for the week ahead. I'm tired, worn down and could care less that I have a can's worth of enchilada sauce sprayed all over my clothes. All I want to do is collapse on the sofa with a good book. Wait, I can't. Why? That would be because my book is on my iPad and I just got done balancing my bank account on my phone after I used my laptop to look up a recipe. For an entire hour my … [Read more...]