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Reality – What It’s Really Like

Reality – What It’s Really Like

This post is part of a series titled, “A-B-Cs – What It’s Really Like”. Each week a new letter and its word will be revealed. Each word’s explanation will illustrate significant personal meaning, application and ultimately demonstrate, What It’s Really Like… Back in 1998 MTV debuted the reality TV s... Read More »

Previously Featured WIRLs

Crap Three Year Old Says

Crap My Three Year Old Says

Arden turned three in March, but has run the roost since she was just a couple months old. We knew that she’d be a spitfire but, given the choice, I still would have preferred a spitfire over a wallflower. I’ll likely be eating those words when she’s a teenager. As parents, part of our jobs is embarrassing our kids, usually not on purpose, when they get older. This entails showing up at school dro... Read More »

BlogU15 | WIRL Project

BlogU Taught Me About Blogging and Powdered Alcohol

This past weekend was one that I had basically been counting down to since it was over last year, Blog U was finally here. This time was made even better by the fact that one of my real life besties was joining me this go round. Nicole and I headed up on Thursday and made it despite the dreary and seemingly never ending rain that fell from Durham all the way to Baltimore. We relaxed a little bit b... Read More »

Let’s Make This Common Word A Little Less Common

Let’s Make This Common Word A Little Less Common

I hate the R word, and I mean despise it. I know there is an actual definition to the word, but the way in which people use it is really offensive. The slang for it… the connotation is negative, and hurtful, and ignorant. The word retardreally pushes my buttons. People who use it in a negative, demeaning manner…really push my buttons. The word is not meant to put people down, and it... Read More »

Let Kids Be Kids!!!

Let Kids Be Kids!!!

If you can, think back to your younger years, maybe when you were grade school age, or even younger if you can. What were you like? Did you have fears and worries and doubts or anxiety?? Kids can be cruel. Let’s face it, adults can be cruel too. The world isn’t by any means a perfect place, it’s far from it. But as a parent, you want to try to instill good morals and selflessness... Read More »

Stressed Mom WIRL Project

9 Going on 16….What It’s REALLY Like!

  My sweet, sweet little girl….yea right!!! Her teachers and other moms always tell me what a sweet girl she is. I just laugh. I laugh, but want to cry. She isn’t like that with me!! What the hell? It is like she is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. One minute, she is sweet and nice to me (usually when she wants something), then when she realizes she isn’t going to get what she wants, she starts... Read More »

Work Life Balance

One Successful Couple

I met Hugo and Gert Ehlers in late 1994. I quickly discovered they were hard working people. Hugo worked at a steel factory and Gert taught physical education at a public school. Their two kids were already grown and living in different parts of the country. The Ehlers were always very careful with their money, dedicated savers, and good investors. They went to church each Sunday and were always i... Read More »

Why I LOVE the T25 Workout System

Why I LOVE the T25 Workout System

  So why do I love the workout system T25? Well, because it works! Nobody had to pay, bribe, or ask me to say that – it’s just the truth! If you don’t know what T25 is, it’s a collection of about 15 DVD workouts that come with a schedule to follow. Each workout is 25 minutes long (hence the 25!) and it was created by the Insanity guy, Shaun T. There are two phases that... Read More »

I’m in Hog Heaven.. We’re having Pulled Pork Pie for dinner!!

I’m in Hog Heaven.. We’re having Pulled Pork Pie for dinner!!

Pulled Pork Pie You’ll need a heavy oven proof skillet (cast iron  or enameled cast iron works best) for this and you can either bake it in an oven or in a smoker.. they both produce delicious results. 1 1/2 to 2 pounds pulled smoked pork 1 -2 large potatoes, Russets work best, thickly sliced 3/4 cup BBQ sauce.. use your favorite 1 large onion, diced 9 -12 slices of bacon (depends on width) ... Read More »