June 2011

drop that zero and get with a hero

June 29, 2011

A lot of you have given me feedback about the posting on weight that I did a few weeks ago. And I loved hearing what you had to say over the different media outlets. Struggles with weight are universal, and an especially female problem. Men, don’t think I’d leave you out. I know lots of […]

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Ask AJ #1

June 28, 2011

Well, I have been thinking a lot about taking my writing in new directions. And I often get questions different things related to parenting. Also, sometimes, even questions related to non-parenting items. And as my brother in law says, the thing that makes you qualified to give advice on a subject is getting asked about […]

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making kale edible

June 27, 2011

Happy Monday! It’s time for a recipe. In the course of getting my family to try new foods which are healthy, I got a bunch of kale this weekend and I was trying to remember how my friend Natalie made it edible. Although kale looks just gorgeous, it is tough and weird and a little […]

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getting older

June 25, 2011

The absolute sickest and wrongest thing about getting older is that it’s all backwards: what you have, what you are, what you appreciate. All totally backwards. What I mean is this: You are born. You wear diapers. You have no hair. You play and eat and drink and sleep whenever you want, with hardly any […]

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June 23, 2011

To paraphrase an old friend, in the Midwest we clean our asses off all day and then when you arrive at our house, we say “Oh, don’t mind my house. It’s a mess.” That’s just what we do. I once heard someone liken cleaning the house (ESPECIALLY for the stay-at-homer) to threading a necklace with […]

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June 22, 2011

I need to design my own AJTube. Because YouTube? It’s bad news. YouTube is dangerous. It’s amazing, too, of course. How else would I find the Muppet’s version of Bohemian Rhapsody? (I mean, you really should watch it.) But if you’re like me, you are often tempted to sneak away and do dishes or vacuum […]

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a new direction

June 16, 2011

Hmm. So, I began this blog as an outlet for my mental energy when I became a mom. To stimulate my mind as a stay-at-homer. And although I definitely identify as a mommy-blogger, I didn’t know there even were such things until I began doing a little research. There are about ten billion mommy blogs […]

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“10 things” list

June 14, 2011

I don’t know if it’s the moon’s phase we’re in, or the fact that it’s summer now, or the lack of sleep we’re getting or what, but Carpenter and I have been fighting for a month. Maybe longer. It’s not like us. Usually when we fight about something it lasts for a few days until […]

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June 13, 2011

A neighbor came over today with her three girls and we got to talking about postpartum depression a little. I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently. I think that all doctors should tell all pregnant women (actually all women. Maybe right after puberty) “You WILL be getting postpartum depression. Just so you know. Here’s […]

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sooner or later

June 12, 2011

Well, I knew it had to happen sometime.   Look at this face. Realllllly study this sad, sad face. Why do you think this adorable little girl is so sad? Think about it….hmm, what is she holding up? Is that–no. It isn’t. Is that a clump of hair? Yes, it is. And what do you […]

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