Life & Love & Lessons Learned

Making the Leap from Small Business to Chain Store…

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…

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A Year of Mundane & Magic

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

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Enjoying Christmas Even After it’s Gone.

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.

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

It’s Okay to Say “No” – Even on Christmas Day

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

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An Angel Takes Her Rightful Place

A few years ago I wrote about Claire. Claire was the mom of a boy I knew back in high school, dare I say, 35 years ago.  I didn't know her back then. I hadn't met her until just about ten years ago. Living in a small town, we'd run into each other from time… Continue reading An Angel Takes Her Rightful Place

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

Elusive Sleep…

I haven't been getting much sleep lately. I like my sleep. I need my sleep. Because truth be told, I don't sleep for more than six hours each night, so those six hours are very necessary to keep me going throughout the day. Over the past ten days, I've held 5 fundraisers at my boutique… Continue reading Elusive Sleep…

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

A Time of Reflection

This time of year is always a time of reflection for me. I don't know about you, but there's something about the snow falling and hearing Elvis sing, "Why Can't Every Day Be Like Christmas" that makes me stop what I'm doing, close my eyes, and remember. And there's so much I remember. And lately… Continue reading A Time of Reflection

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

That New Christmas Tree Smell & Other Stuff

We picked out our annual Christmas tree this year. As the tradition goes, we pile in the car, usually late afternoon on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and drive to the same tree lot we've been going to since my husband and I first started dating. After looking at just about every tree in the lot,… Continue reading That New Christmas Tree Smell & Other Stuff

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Living with Parkinson’s Disease

The only time I’d ever heard of Parkinson’s Disease, was hearing on the news that Michael J. Fox was diagnosed. I had no idea what it meant. I had no idea what it was. And then my uncle was diagnosed. My uncle. Mine. When I think of him, I think of New Hampshire, and the… Continue reading Living with Parkinson’s Disease