Not gonna lie - this is all starting to become a little too much. I guess I took for granted that I lived in a country based on freedom. I could come and go as I pleased. I could shop wherever I wanted, see whomever I wanted. I could walk down the aisles of a… Continue reading We’re NOT all in this together.
Quick question because I honestly don't even know anymore. What day is it? What time is it? Um...Month? I feel like I'm in Vegas, but without the winnings, the nightlife, or all things exciting. This Coronacation kinda sucks. At first it wasn't bad. Sleeping in. Nice! Not having to pack backpacks and lunches, 5 days… Continue reading Mr. Monk & the Coronavirus
It started with an overall sense of discomfort that my coffee wasn't being delivered on time. My 1-day shipping from Amazon was now a 7-day wait for my favorite Jamaican Me Crazy coffee. I didn't like it. Whenever I start to run low, I order a case - yes a case - and I know… Continue reading Unprecedented Times
I can't sleep. I try. I toss and turn. I wake. I close my eyes tight and pull the covers up over me, and I try. And I wake again. So here I am. Writing at 5:30 a.m. because it's the only thing that calms my mind when my mind is troubled. And it sure… Continue reading Where We Are
When I first opened my boutique, a woman came in with two little boys. They were running all throughout the store, in and out of clothing racks, and in between the "Don't touch anything" and "Come here right now!" she kept apologizing. As a mom of three kids, I get it. It's almost impossible to… Continue reading Cancer Hits Home
Since opening my boutique 7 years ago, I've been compared to another local boutique just one town away. We both offer on-trend, women's fashions, jewelry & accessories. We both offer weekly online sales. Our stores have a similar laid-back vibe. On the surface, sure, we are similar. To the outsider looking in, sure. Over the… Continue reading Making the Leap from Small Business to Chain Store…
This is on me. I know it is. It's my bad. It started off as a great morning. 6 a.m. with the waking of the boys, making my way to the kitchen to pack lunches and serve breakfast. Typical. No big. Then it was time to wake the beast. My little. 6:30 a.m. She's not… Continue reading Parenting Fail #295
I've been reading a lot of New Year's resolutions on Facebook, a lot of recaps of 2019 from my friends, family and virtual strangers. I've read about marriages, proposals, babies and new ventures that occurred in 2019 and the big question, with a child-like excitement, "What will 2020 bring?" But what if none of that… Continue reading A Year of Mundane & Magic
So it's three days after Christmas. The excitement, the anticipation, the stress...it's all over. According to my Facebook memories, by this date every year, the decorations are already taken down, and there is no trace of Christmas left in the house. Goodbye red ribbons and bows, goodbye mantle garland, goodbye poinsettias. But not this year.… Continue reading Enjoying Christmas Even After it’s Gone.
So for the past fifteen years, I've been hosting Christmas Eve. It's a night filled with food & family, of music & merriment. I look forward to it...oh, starting sometime in May. Just a day or so before Christmas Eve, the baking begins; it's tradition. My mom comes over and we bake - and bake… Continue reading It’s Okay to Say “No” – Even on Christmas Day