Go Ahead. Grab the Granola.

Have you ever paused in the grocery aisle and debated whether to buy something obviously the next best thing to homemade (maybe better?!) or something with more ingredients on the label and a factory birthplace? Was the reason for your pondering the price of the more personal product? I had a crisis of conscience in the grocery store aisle this morning, but I decided to grab the granola.

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7 Habits of Highly Voracious Reading

Did you challenge yourself again this year to read a certain number of books? Are you determined to do so even though previous attempts did not go so well? Join the club! I have changed some longstanding habits to increase my book consumption. Maybe some of them will work for you!

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Dipping Our Toes In The Pool

 

Today, Lily the Lab had an adventure at a local facility that provides dogs with pool time & training to eventually learn to dock dive if the dog chooses.

The trainer reminded us that anything Lily did today was good, and I agreed with her. Of course, in my mind I imagined Lily would be a natural given her natural propensity for running faster than light, jumping and leaping and playing fetch until everyone is ready to pull out their hair.

But, she was a little shy and kind of demure. I suppose I was grateful she didn’t lose her mind and try to drown the trainer. I’m also thankful she didn’t turn the pool into a toilet in any way–the clean-up fees could have eaten away our budget for things as fun as doggy swimming lessons.

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Wanna Engage In Some Bloglovin?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

It isn’t as sketchy as it sounds! I’ve been a user of Bloglovin’ for awhile now and I wanted to share it with you! The best way I can describe it is a blog showcase, but it’s so much more than that! After I told the site what I liked, it provided me with links and previews to blog posts that fit my interests. And, every day I receive an email with 20 posts that are must reads. Most of them are also must SHARE!

I love sharing great tips, tricks, ideas, and fun with the visitors to my Facebook page and this service totally helps me find the gems of the internet.

There is even an app to use, so you can discover new blogs & read great posts anywhere anytime.

Check it out & let me know what you think!

 

Lab Mom Confessional

I have a gorgeous 17-month old black lab puppy.

If I were one of those parents who had wild human children that I had never successfully tamed, I would call my lab girl “precocious.”

But, I have been a pretty tremendous mom to humans. I have set clear limits, maintained consistency at a well over 90% rate, and have two teenagers that I can trust in any social setting to be polite, well behaved, and appropriate.

Why my human raising skills have not successfully been translated into puppy raising skills is beyond me, but I am willing to admit it: I am squishy when it comes to puppy dogs.

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Three Things I Am Adding To My Life

After having been on this planet for four-and-a-half decades, it now seems that my body is teaching me lessons I was loathed to learn in my 20’s or even 30’s. Being a hard-charger who rarely says “No” to a task and saw resting as weakness, it has been difficult to realize that my body is no longer willing to stay quiet when I abuse its many delicate systems. I’ve decided to make some changes, and keep other recent changes going, so that I can make sure my body doesn’t call it quits before I am ready to go.

Maybe you can benefit from adding some things too?

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What Are You Reading?

I stumbled upon a great podcast that asks and answers the quintessential question of all readers–What Should I Read Next? By listening to some episodes, I easily added several titles I had never heard of to the list of books I plan to read in 2017. I’m keeping the list in my bullet journal (something else I’m trying for 2017) and so far, I’ve managed to read three books so far!

I challenged myself on GoodReads to 25 books this year. I’m off to a good start!

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My Word for 2017

Everyone seems to have a word for 2017. I’m sort of still trying to dig myself out from the mess that was 2016. I feel like that year steamrolled me worse than any other in a very long time. And, if you knew me at all, that is certainly saying something.

I think, though, that I have landed on a word that would make life in 2017 more enjoyable and productive. That word is STREAMLINE.

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All Hail the Men’s Section

I lived through Black Friday–although I am pretty sure I folded more clothes during the 12 hours I worked between Thursday and Friday than I have in my entire life. For some reason, the men’s department falls victim to neglect and extra messy shelves and racks. I spent a considerable amount of time returning it to some semblance of order and making it look more like a store display rather than the floor of a teen boy’s closet.

I also realized something while I worked–men’s clothes are all the same. How can this be?

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Black Friday Cometh

I have been an online shopper since before online shopping was convenient and mainstream. I shy away from crowds and those times of year when shopping is just too peopley. So, how I find myself working in the belly of the beast by choice this holiday season is beyond me.

I took the plunge. I’m a seasonal sales associate at an extremely popular department store and I will be working on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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