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Friends and Family... Blood truly is thicker than water...

My family suffered a horrible loss this past week. My young (only 27) cousin died unexpectedly. It is hitting me so hard. I loved him so much. He was one of the first best friends I ever had. My cousins and I would fight like cats and dogs, but at the end of the day, we always had each other's back. We could tease each other mercilessly, but if an outsider teased one of us, it was WAR. 

They taught me so much. Good and bad. We had some great times. We got in trouble together. We got each other in trouble. We had so much fun. We had some epic fights. They taught me how to be a friend. They taught me how to fight. They taught me how to play different games (some of my best memories happened on the basketball court). They taught me how to love. They taught me how to forgive. They taught me that blood is thicker than water.
Now, a piece of that is gone. I am just shattered. I moved away from my family long ago. With the help of Facebook and phone calls, I have kept in touch. They have n…

Baggage Overload #FunnyFriday March 2015

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Confessions of a part-time working mom (Thank you for such a hilarious picture, T!)

1. Husband: This is the last time I am wasting my breath, and telling you to pack light!
Wife: What? I did pack light!
2. Mom to kids: Did you all remember to pack your underwear?
Kids: OOops!
Mom: I knew we would forget something!
Dad turns the car around.
3. Bring your girlfriend on the camping trip, they said. It will be fun, they said.
4. Neighbor: She's making you bring ALL that?
Husband: Yeah. Ima…

Grateful Gratitude Giveaway! #Giveaway

The other day I was minding my own business (as usual), and my phone started dinging. I didn't think anything of it at first, but after it kept dinging, I decided to investigate. I was receiving posts on my Facebook page. I investigated further. Several people were telling me happy birthday. Wait. What? I momentarily thought I was losing my mind. Nope. It definitely was not my birthday.

I investigated further, and I discovered that my fabulous friend Julie fromNext Life, NO Kidshad asked her fabulous followers to wish me a happy birthday. I had informed her on one of her blog posts (This Hilarious Post), that I have never really celebrated my birthday. This was unacceptable to her, and she let me know in the most fabulous way!

In doing so, not only did she brighten my day, but she boosted my page likes astronomically! It was better than my birthday! It was amazing! Plus, she basically opened it up for me to eat cake that day! Any friend that opens the door for you to eat cake, is a …

Falling Short #UseYourWords March 2015

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

My words are: vast ~ summit ~ expectations ~ rough ~ treat
They were submitted by: you for such great words!)
I always open the e-mail that contains my words for that month, with such excitement! I never know what words I will get or what they will inspire me to write. Each month is such an exciting journey. This month's words instantly inspired me, in two completely opposite directions. I am hoping I can merge the two into one, in a way that makes complete sense. 
As most of, if not all, you know, I am the mom of a wonderf…

Saint Jules of Lard #SecretSubjectSwap March 2015

Welcome to March's Secret Subject Swap. This week, fourteen brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Your “Secret Subject” is: In honor of St. Patrick's Day this month, if you could be a patron saint of anything what would it be and how would you receive the honor?
It was submitted by: (Thank you for such an interesting subject! <3)
I recently watched the movie "St. Vincent" with Bill Murray, and it gave me a very interesting perspective on this subject. Had I received this subject sooner, I would have had a much harder time answering, I believe. The movie really helped me to see there are "saints" among us, even if they don't fit the usual definition of what a saint is.
Under the usual definition of a saint, I am definitely not a saint. By the standards set forth in &…