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Gluten-Free Hot Fudge Brownie Sundaes

I had a birthday over the summer. I turned 37, which seems like a big old nothing birthday because it’s just in the middle of the thirties and no big deal at all. But anyway, Joe and the girls made one of my favorite desserts just for me, and so I enjoyed my special night. They made me a big brownie sundae and of course it had smooth, rich hot fudge drizzled over top. Is there a dessert that screams “comfort food” more than that? I can’t think of one.    Unfortunately, the hot gooey-ness of the hot fudge combined with the crisp … Read more

My Recap of BlogHer ’12 in New York City

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I can’t believe I’m just now getting around to writing and posting a review of my trip to BlogHer 2012 in New York City. I got home on August 5, but then had a couple of days with my family and then almost a week at Old Grandma’s and then – You know how it goes. Time got away from me. They’re still posting about the conference on, so I figure I’m not too late. New York City The first thing I learned in New York City is that I’m a country person. I’ve never, ever considered myself a … Read more

12 Tips for Making the Most of Your BlogHer Experience #BlogHer12

I just published 12 Tips for Making the Most of Your BlogHer Experience over at I didn’t want to publish it here because Feels Like Home isn’t all about blogging, but I wanted to tell you about it in case you’re interested. If you’re heading out to BlogHer this week or if you plan on going to any blogging conference in the months to come, do check it out:   In two days, I’ll be getting on a train to go to the biggest women’s blogging conference in the world, BlogHer. More than 4,500 women (and some men) will converge … Read more

My Beauty Routine

After last week’s skincare confession, you are probably not be surprised to learn that I don’t have much of a beauty routine. In fact, I don’t even wash my face. My face gets wet every day in the shower, when I rub my hands over it and rinse it in the hot water. It’s enough to make my face feel clean. No wonder my skin looks so rough, right? If I get especially sweaty or especially dirty, I do wash my face with soap. The same soap I use on my body. Give me some credit; it’s unscented soap for … Read more

I’m Glowing (and It’s Not Only Because I’m Pregnant)

I am a skincare dunce, and I pretty much always have been. When I was in college, I had a crush on a boy who worked at a perfume counter at the Lord & Taylor department store, so I would go in there and buy make-up and skincare products like I belonged. But really? I barely used them. A large basket of 14-year-old overpriced cosmetics is sitting in my bathroom closet right now. I should go upstairs and throw them away while I’m thinking about it. That beautiful boy moved to another town, and I no longer had a reason … Read more

Being Silly with the Weebles

Grace is a silly kid. She giggles, jokes, and stumbles just to be funny.

And then she announces how funny she is, which sounds really strange coming from such a small person.

About a week ago, she saw a commercial for Weebles while watching tv with my dad. She was impressed. She was so impressed that she asked me to buy her some Weebles.

Little did she know, a huge box of Weebles toys were waiting at our home that very day.

When I agreed to review the Weebles toys, I was concerned that Grace might be too old for them. I knew that our January baby would love them before long, and I was excited to see the new version of my own beloved toys. But I wasn’t sure that Grace would be interested.

I was so wrong.

As Joe and I unpacked the box, Grace grabbed every Weeble. Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down! she giggled, wiggling and wobbling and falling down.

She named all of the people. She noticed that they all had numbers on their backs.

She experimented. She figured out that they will right themselves when placed upside down. She tried over and over to knock them down.

She was never successful.

You know, because Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.

Then Grace and Joe got the music going in the musical treehouse.

And the dancing began.

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