What’s a BIGGER news story than Ebola?

*Updated with proof-of-humiliation link at bottom*

Let me tell you, friends, at age 37 my vanity still runs rampant. I like to have my face on. I do my makeup every morning before taking my son to 7:30 preschool. I’m so vain, I probably think this blog post is about me.

Perhaps the Lord thought I needed a lesson in this matter. I don’t know. But I can really think of NO other reason that a news van would pull up in front of my house at 6:30 on a damp fall Thursday night when I was out with my kids (and their friends who were sleeping over – we’re off school today) when I had my hair in a messy bun, had not even ONCE had lipstick on that day, and for some reason my trusty eyeliner that stays on really well? Had been down around my chin for some time.

I mean, I will tell you, I AM NEVER outside playing with the kids at 6:30 on a weeknight, much less a slightly chilly, wet weeknight. So I guess it was fate when the news van with a statuesque reporter and bearded hipster camera man pulled up to the ONE house where someone was actually OUTSIDE in the city of Dayton.

The reporter explained to me that the City of Dayton had announced it didn’t have much salt for the coming winter and basically we are going to be trapped in our homes all winter and may have to eat each other to survive (maybe I made up that last part.) I declined to be interviewed because I LOOKED A MESS!!!! I explained to her that me not having my makeup and hair done was a MUCH bigger crisis than the whole SALTGATE but she begged and blinked her Barbie-like eyes and while I was thinking “I wonder if those eyelashes are real?” I accidentally said YES.

And then the cheers of four excited children erupted. Joshua and Sophie and their friends Chris and Chloe where FREAKING OUT behind me. So, so excited that OH MY GOSH THE NEWS! IS HERE! IN OUR YARD! WE ARE GOING TO BE ON TV!

SO I answered questions about SALTGATE. Then I pushed Jonah on the swing so they could take footage while the kids acted like circus performers behind me. And then Miss Ohio Reporter 2014 and LEGO Hipster Camera Guy left. And the kids still jumped around hysterically for another 10 minutes about their IMPENDING FAME while I commiserated with a party of one about my impending SHAME. Sigh.

Of course we let them stay up until 10 to watch the news…which started out with “Well Ebola was in Ohio, but first, THE  BIG STORY!”


WE were the BIG STORY.

My makeup-less face on a brutally large screen was THE BIG STORY.

But in our house, the real big story was four crazy, excited, adorable, cartwheel-turning, ninja-moving kids who were acting like crazy people on camera, and who had like the BEST NIGHT EVER. Bobby and I DIED laughing at their antics, and they were FLYING HIGH after we watched it.

So, I guess my embarrassment was worth it.


I’m thinking about getting eyeliner permanently tattooed on my face. That’s probably necessary, right??

(When I first posted this the link to this stellar piece of journalism was not online, but now, here it is, for your viewing pleasure: riiiight here).


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Giveaway: Halloween Party Basket from Meijer!

It’s almost time for Halloween, and Jenny and I are excited for the 11th annual Halloween Party for Second/Sixth Cousins!

We want you to get into the spirit (see how I did that?) as well, and we’re excited to partner with Meijer on this giveaway!

Meijer has everything you need for the Halloween season – decorations, costumes, baking items, candy, and more. They were kind enough to send me a few of their Halloween items to check out, and now our house is ready for cousins – and trick-or-treaters – to descend.

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The kids and I had fun decorating the house, and I particularly loved the vinyl stickers on the front door. They’re removable and reusable, so I’ll keep them for next year as well!

So, back to the giveaway… Meijer will send our winner a gift basket that includes candy, Halloween plates and cups, a bag of cobwebs, Wilton cupcake papers, and a party centerpiece.


To enter, leave a comment and tell us what you and/or your kids are going to be this Halloween! The contest ends on October 19. Good luck!

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The Work-at-Home Mom Uniform & My Fall Fashion Faves

This post is sponsored by Savings.com

So as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am not a part-time but full-fledged work-at-home mom. The new site I’m editing hasn’t launched yet, but it will super-soon and I’ve been working super hard (along with a lot of other cool peeps). One of the joys of working from home is that I don’t have to “dress up” – but that doesn’t mean I don’t look good. I stay casual, comfortable, and very fashionable all day with my very favorite clothing brand – can you guess – of course you can – Lands’ End!

I have to confess, fall is my FAVORITE season, and the fabulous weather and gorgeous colors have a lot to do with that. The fact that long-sleeve tees, scarves, and boots come into play in the fall also has a lot to do with that. So this fall I’ve pretty much got a stylish comfy work-at-home mom uniform: a Lands’ End cotton modal tee, jeans, and scarf. And now that it’s cool enough, BOOTS! Here’s my new favorites: the kids and Bobby just happened to get me all of these fave uniform things for my birthday (except boots):

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It’s hard to tell, but this shirt is not red but the most delicious deep orange. I love it!

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Sadly, no one was home to take my pics so I couldn’t get a good shot of my jeans. But they’re these Fit 1 Low Rise Slim Leg Jeans, and they’re amazing!

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They’re also featured  here in Lands’ End’s fab fashion magazine, Apostrophe. (As is my birthday scarf!)

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I love everything about this page – navy and silver is a great dressy alternative to black.

Another look I adore from the fall Apostrophe magazine is this “on the clock” work outfit:

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This denim pencil skirt is so dark it’s super-dressy! But it would be great for a casual outfit, too. I adore this. I want to order the whole ensemble and wear it for a week solid! And carry that handbag every day for the rest of my life.

A more cozy fall item I’m dying for (Mom, this is what you can get me for Christmas) is this Women’s Drifter Texture Sweater. I WANT it! Isn’t the pattern so fun?

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(Clearly this sweater also makes the wearer VERY happy. Once again, I need it.)

Are you now jonesing to add some Lands’ End fall goodness to your wardrobe? (My work-at-home uniform DEF needs THAT SWEATER!) Well good news, TODAY ONLY you can get 25% off your whole order at Lands’ End! Just use promo code COOL and PIN 1652 – plus, orders of $50 or more ship free with this deal! I loves me a coupon code! Get crackin’ because the 25% off ends tonight at midnight CST.

Have you checked out Apostrophe and the Lands’ End fall line yet? You guys know it’s about all I wear…what are your favorite pieces?

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