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Des Moines Dates: Tarot for two

We needed to do something different. To get out of the sweatpants+Netflix rut of marriage in a Midwest winter. I wanted to check something off my “30 Before 30” list, and my aunt had gifted us some Christmas cash to … Continue reading

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Decade challenge – Craftsman kitchen addition

Because I love a good before/after, and because I’ve been enjoying the difference between our 2009 kitchen and 2019 kitchen #decadechallenge, I thought I would (finally) share some photos from the long-awaited renovation we did this spring. Our kitchen hadn’t … Continue reading

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Our Japanese sister for a week

This morning, I discovered three paper cranes and beautiful letters to our family in our guest room, left by Saya, a 16-year old Japanese student. She joined us Tuesday evening to stay for several days as a part of the … Continue reading

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BINGO & Serums – 24 hours in Excelsior Springs

Friday evening in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, 7 p.m. It’s BINGO night at the American Legion. $12 buy-in and one glance at the “cheat sheet” tells me I’m already over my head. We don’t have any daubbers, but thankfully the two … Continue reading

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Runners run, writers write

This month was about making good on promises to myself. Last winter, I felt like I was getting further away from the person I wanted to be. I know there’s a lot of commercialized talk about “self care” now, and … Continue reading

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One is silver and the other gold

Make new friends, but keep the old / One is silver and the other gold. — Girl Scout Song Growing up, the Bennett house down the street was like a second home. Terri was a year ahead of me in … Continue reading

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Make it OK

Last night, I had the privileged of attending the unveiling of Mind Matters, a temporary exhibit at the Science Center of Iowa intended to raise awareness around and reduce the stigma of mental illness. SCI gets to host the exhibit, … Continue reading

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What I’m into: January 2019

2019 has me feeling like I’ve got my groove back, or some cheesy notion like that. I have a lot more energy for the things I love and am realigning my priorities. Here are some things I’ve been loving this … Continue reading

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Sunshine days

We returned to Iowa this week from a wonderful family trip to Los Angeles to celebrate my cousin’s wedding and I’m now huddled under a quilt feeling like that sunshine was surely a dream. We didn’t see any evidence of … Continue reading

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What I’m into: UK vacation edition

We just got back from a “brilliant” (as the Brits would say) vacation to Scotland via London to celebrate the marriage of one of my favorite Mizzou ladies. Rebecca has the most open-hearted, enthusiastic spirit and it was amazing to … Continue reading

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