Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Well its been a while since my last post so let’s catch up. Here’s what I’ve been up to since my last post..

– I Started a new job as Outreach Development Manager at Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois where I am trying to bring our  Girl Scout programming into schools, community centers and housing units.
– My husband and I took a trip to Chicago and I crossed U.S. Cellular Field off my list of stadiums I have yet to visit. (And got to see good friends..always a plus)
– I took a week-long trip home to attend my hometown music festival, Steamboat Days, which I haven’t been to in 3 years.
– During that week-long trip I held a yard sale at my mom’s house for which I went through boxes and boxes of childhood memories.
– I rode a Segway. The same segway, actually, that Justin Beiber rode when he was in St. Louis and apparently crashed because he was texting.
– I started a 5 day cleanse which lasted 2.5 days.
– I attended my husbands 10 year high school reunion.
– I found out one of my best friends ever is going to have a baby. (So happy but yet…so scary)

OK, Now that you’re caught up, I’ll go back to the new job part.

My supervisor and I have been doing a program at a Children’s Home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. From what I’ve read the home originally started as an orphanage a million years ago and since the needs of the community have changed it is now a home for runaways and/or troubled youth. I’m not exactly sure how the girls get placed there…If the parents send them there or if the system does. And I’m not exactly sure what the girls do to get placed there (they aren’t allowed to talk about why they are there to anyone but their therapist…not even each other) But the girls range from probably 14-18.

Now..I’ll admit I was a little hesitant about going there. After all…I had NO IDEA what these girls did to get in there, AND they’re teenage girls which is a whole other kind of dangerous. I thought they would be mouthy, have a bad attitude and sit with their arms crossed rolling their eyes at the thought of doing Girl Scouts (much like I would have been at age 16.) But after being there the first week it was very clear these girls were nothing like that. I was more than surprised.

These girls sat quietly, were engaged, answered questions, laughed, all got along and respected us and their surroundings. A few even gave us hugs as we left and thanked us for coming. Really?  I thought. I guess a change of surroundings can change anyone. Some of these girls I could see that in the right surroundings and situations they could be problems, maybe being egged on by their peers. But other girls were quiet as can be, polite and even seemed innocent.

Ever since I was younger I had this fascination about why people are the way they are. I people watch ALL the time. Make up stories about people and families in my head. Try to determine their life story. I want so badly to know the stories of these girls so that I can understand why they are in the position they are in. Have they had a horrible home life? Were their parents really strict and now they’re rebelling? Was everything at home perfect and they just ended up with the wrong crowd? Have they been abused? I know I’ll never know the answers to any of those questions but I still try to figure out their story in my head when I’m there.

I’ve now visited the home 6 or 7 times and actually enjoy going there. I like watching the girls continue to learn life skills that will hopefully help them when they leave the home and go out on their own. I like to think that we are instilling some values in them that they can use in the real world. After all….that’s what Girl Scouts is all about, right? I guess the old adage is true…don’t judge a book by its cover. Noted.


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I’ve recently been a co-host of a couple of baby showers and have of course made some Pinterest projects. And have actually invented a couple of baby shower games that I thought I’d share since I’ve had many requests.

Catchphrase: Celebrity Mom Edition (Pin)

So this is a mix between Catchphrase and Taboo. Everyone splits into teams of 2. Each team is given 5 cards with the names of famous/celebrity moms. One person on the team will be trying to describe the name on the card without saying the names of the kids, husband, or father of the kids while the other person has one minute to try to guess as many of the 5 cards as they can. Once the minute is over, assess who has guessed the most and trade the cards. You can eliminate teams or continue the rounds as many times as you want, keeping track of each teams cumulative score and then the team that has the most wins.


I’ve provided the Word Document (So that you can continue to add names as more celebrity moms have babies.) You can get that here. The font may not show up so you might want to either download Broadway font or make it any kind of fun font you’d like.

Once you get it printed and cut out you can just glue them onto any colored card stock. I did multi-colored pink cards. For extra durability you can also laminate them if you think you’ll be using them over and over.

Don’t Forget the Lyrics: Nursery Rhyme Edition (Pin)

This one’s easy, if you’ve seen the show Don’t Forget The Lyrics. Basically everyone gets some kind of noise maker (whistle, kazoo…). The first 2 or 3 lines of the nursery rhyme are read off and whoever blows their whistle first can finish the nursery rhyme. You can keep track of who had the most and that person wins. Or you have give out little prizes for each person who gets one right. There’s probably a lot of different ways to play it so feel free to experiment!

For my noisemakers I used lip shaped whistles like these:

And the the Word Document is here

Personal WELCOME BABY Sign (Pin)

I simply made letters spelling out “WELCOME BABY LASTNAME” each being a page big. I printed them on white card stock and had crayons available for when people arrived. Each person would decorate a letter then we hung them up with string and clothes pins. It serves as decoration for the shower and then the sign is the mom’s to take home with her. The Word Document is here.

Now for the Pinterest projects!

I made these “cupcakes” out of receiving blankets, washclothes and bibs. Pin is here.

And the grand finale…something that never in a million zillion years did I think I could actually make..a Diaper Motorcycle!

Boom! I actually had a BLAST making this and was so proud when I was done that I actually did it. I also have to give credit where credit is due. Although I found the idea on Pinterest I used this tutorial.

I had a great time being a part of these showers and am excited for more chances to be crafty and creative!

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Today officially marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Girl Scouts. Starting with 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912 Juliette Gordon Low created an organization that 100 years later would serve 2.3 million girls. The organization would be a place where every girl every where would develop physically, mentally, and spiritually.

While Girl Scouts played a minimal role in my childhood life, it has played a massive role in my adult life. After being placed at my local Girl Scout office (GSEIWI) through a staffing agency for a temporary position, I transitioned into a permanent position and even went on to work for two other councils (GSEM & GSCM) in two other states. I was constantly inspired by co-workers who had been with the organization for double-digit years and who have committed their life to the organization. I was deeply touched by volunteers who generously gave so much of their time and energy (and sometimes even their own money) to serve their Girl Scout Community or Girl Scout troop.

I have made many good friends who started as co-workers through Girl Scouts some who I haven’t seen in years but continue to have contact with. These people all have a special place in my heart. The experiences I gained while working at Girl Scouts will follow me throughout my lifetime. And while working at my local Girl Scout council now didn’t work out geographically, I have never ruled out working for another council. I can honestly say that working with Girl Scout staff and volunteers enriched my life in ways I never knew a job could.

So Cheers to another 100 years of building girls of Courage, Confidence and Character who make the world a better place!

Support your local Girl Scout Cookie Sale Here

Find a local Girl Scout Council Here.

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Ever since I helped with a program for Girl Scouts where the girls made homemade dog biscuits and catnip toys to donate to a local shelter, I have been in LOVE with the idea of making my own dog biscuits. BUT until recently, I’ve never had a pooch to make them for. So when I came across this recipe I couldn’t resist.

The recipe is super easy and you can make multiple batches by just multiplying the recipe. For mine, I tripled the recipe since I was making doggy bags (pun intended) for my friends’ pups.

You can find the recipe here. And of course, the Pinterest Pin here

What you need:

1 c. flour

1/4 c. oats

1/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut (I couldn’t find this at my local grocery store…so I left it out)

1/2 T baking powder

1/2 c. creamy organic peanut butter (I figured that regular non-organic peanut butter was good enough for me, it’d been good enough for the dogs.)

1/2 c. milk (Since I didn’t know the dietary restrictions of all the pups I was baking for (including my own), I used non-dairy Almond Milk instead of regular milk. )

1T olive oil

1T applesauce

What you do:

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl

Add wet ingredients, mix well.

Knead into ball.

Roll out dough to 1/2″ on wax paper.

Cut out shapes with cookie cutters.

Place on unlined cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes.

They turned out really well and Camden LOVES them.

Hopefully the other furballs will love them just as much!

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The Thanksgiving Post

So for my Thanksgiving post I intended to do something along the lines of a  “25 days of Thankful” post where every day in November I would jot down what I was thankful for that day. I made it to November 7. So instead I thought I’d do a “25 Things I’m Thankful For” but I could only come up with 10 or 12 or so before I started sounding superficial (i.e. I’m thankful for my Zune, for my computer, for Verizon fixing my phone, for coffee in the morning and so on) I can only say I’m thankful for my Family, Friends and Health in so many ways. (Which don’t get me wrong.  I truly am Thankful for all those things and much more) BUT instead of doing anything like that I chose to amuse you all with some hilar Black Friday ads because let’s be honest, that’s Thanksgiving is really all about.

I will also be cooking my very first turkey this year. Which promises to be amusing. Don’t worry, I’ll be documenting it for your enjoyment.

This one literally made me laugh out loud. And made my husband almost spit out the milk he was drinking. That’s how you know a commercial is funny.

This made me chuckle a little. Genius Idea for a commercial.

And of course the beloved Crazy Target Lady. Did you know she’s also on Twitter?

Hope everyone has a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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First off – my apologies for the lag in updating posts. Life has been busy and quite frankly shits been crazy

So in honor of Labor Day this last weekend and the official end of Summer, I’d like to share my 25 favorite things about Autumn (and yes,
I call it Autumn and not fall…it just sounds classier, ok?)

1. BOOTS! (be ready – a lot of these involve clothing items)
2. College Football
3. The utility bill (compared to Summer)
4. Trees changing colors

5. The return of Merlot Season (I’ve missed it so much)
6. Tailgating (or any kind of outside day-drinking)
7. Fantasy Football
8. Sleeping with the windows open
9. Jackets
10. TV season premiere week
11. Leaves crunching under my feet
12. Blankets!
13. Carmel Lattes

14. Flannel sheets and electric blankets
15. Hoodies
16. Slipper socks
17. Smell of pies baking (I swear I’ll try to make one this year)
18. Sweatpants.
19. Hot coffee on the patio

21. Bonfires
22. Homemade Hot Chocolate
23. My Snuggie (quit judging me)

24. Soup/ Chili Season
25. Carving Pumpkins

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As my 10 year high school reunion is fastly approaching (say what?! it’s only two months away now?!) I’m beginning to reflect a little on the last 10 years. Hard to believe it’s been a decade since we’ve all walked across that stage. I think about my close friends back then who remain my close friends to this day and how little of an idea we had of what was in store for each of us.

Almost as if the universe knew what it was doing, while visiting WordPress the other day this post popped up – Old…It’s the new young. – It’s about a woman who attends her 40th high school reunion. She talks about the bond that she has with those peeople who knew her when she was young. Those people who knew and remembered all the same things about growing up. And I realized that I felt the same way about my graduating class. That no matter where anyone ends up or what they end up doing- we all started in the same place and all call the same place home.

When talking with some friends about if they would attend the reunion I mostly got the classic answer anyone gives when they don’t want to go to a class reunion “I see the people I want to see already” And well yes, I guess I see the people I want to see too. And I guess there’s not really anyone specific I’m looking forward to seeing besides everyone as a whole. And of course there are some people I am speficially NOT looking forward to seeing. But, quite frankly, I’ve never been to a class reunion before so I wanna see what it’s all about. Maybe I’ll hate it and know that I definitely DON’T want to attend another reunion…then fine. I will have at least tried it. Maybe it’ll be a blast and I’ll end up being even more excited about the next reunion. Either way I’m looking forward to finding out.

And now..off to see if I can find Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion on Netflix…I’ve got my fingers crossed.

I’m also leaving you with a little treat – one of my senior pictures.

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