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Liz@ThisFullHouse
Central New Jersey
Blogger, Social Media Enthusiast & Professional Dork, raising 3 teens, 1 tween & killer dust bunnies, enjoys living & writing from Jersey -- YES, on purpose!
Interests: yoga, gardening, science fiction, ghost hunting, cooking, children, reading, blogging, family, genealogy, freelance writing, children's literature, abbott and costello, bon jovi, consumer advocacy, cross stitch, motherhood, springsteen
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My son is turning 16, next Friday. SIXTEEN!!! The difference between his turning 16, as opposed to my two oldest daughters having crossed that bridge...with very little pomp and circumstance, other than a group sleepover...YAY!!!...while my 13 year-old daughter is already clipping through fashion magazines for prom dress ideas...WOW!!!...is that the boy insists his turning 16 is really not ALL that big of a deal. Guess what he wants for his birthday?!? G'head, I'll wait!!! Glen: I have to tell you about something my friends and I did in school. Aaaaaaaand, here's where being a mom of a teenager (for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at This Full House
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Today started out not so great, however, I was mentally prepared for it (living with 3 teens, a 20-something-year-old and not sleeping very well, having agonized over ALL the things, last night), because there's always a fair amount of crazy going on at our house and I am a fully-functional worry wart. Heather: Holly has an interview, so you're taking me to work, right? There's a long and very convoluted story of why Heather doesn't have her driving license, yet. It's not my story to tell. Suffice it to say, spring cannot come quick enough. Me: Yup! [looks out window]... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at This Full House
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I loved whenever my kids would bring their school projects home and, considering we've had a kid in preschool, grade school, middle school or high school since 1996, we have certainly collected a fair amount of "pretties" over the years. Every now and again, I'll find a construction paper greeting card tucked deep in between some books or reach for a pen and grab one with a plastic daisy (my favorite flower) taped to the end of it and I'll remember...ohhhhh, yeah...this was the Mother's Day card Glen made me and that is the pen that Hope gave me one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at This Full House
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So, yesterday I shared my secret stash of REAL paprika (seriously, I totally felt as if it should have been illegal) today I'm super-excited to be able to post one of my favorite go to Hungarian family recipes -- Pörkölt, made in a pressure cooker! I needed to wait for it to finish cooking and then make sure to make it look all Pinterest-worthy and stuff, but mostly because I'm a little afraid of the pressure cooker and it sort of needed my full attention. Good news is, the Pörkölt came out fantastic and I didn't blow anything up! I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at This Full House
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My parents worked two (sometimes three) jobs -- we lived in a 4-room apartment, upstairs in my Grandmother's house, at the time -- so my brother and I grew up eating a lot of t.v. dinners -- remember those?!? The salisbury steak with the chocolate pudding-ish cake was my favorite. Or was it the dinner that came with the hot apple lava? I forget. Either way, I almost NEVER ate the veggies -- they were just too squishy for, my taste. Aaaaanyway, dinner planning during week nights and Saturdays (a.k.a. scrub the apartment, from top to bottom, or until everything... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at This Full House
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I have NEVER been (or will ever be) associated with anything even remotely petite. I was one of the lucky ones to have blossomed earlier than the rest of my entire second grade class, which earned me the nickname "Amazon", because SECOND GRADE and...flash-forward eleventy-three years...SARCASM!!! Then, sometime around the fall of 6th grade, the Wonder Woman television show hit the airways: Aaaaand, I was all...BOOM!!!...POW!!!...NOW all the world is ready for me, and all the wonders I could do! Even though I wasn't as...uhhhhhh...tricked out...as Lynda Carter was (still is) ...physically...or any other 'cally...especially, in the 6th grade...or ever.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at This Full House
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Upside: I figured out how to insert images into blog posts from my cellphone...FINALLY!!! YAY!!!! And, SHEW!!! Should make my posting every day (like Casey does, because she's wicked-smaht, like that!) a little easier...I know, I know...just smile and pretend like it could happen, a'ight?!? Next Up: Figuring out how to add a title and perhaps set it up so the blog post defaults to "draft" and does NOT publish before adding a title and maybe even a sentence or two, sigh. So now I'm all aggravated and totally forgot what I was going to write about my son surprising... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at This Full House
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I've never tried blogging from my phone, because texting is difficult enough -- stupid manfingers. Still. I spent the first half of the day taking the Christmas tree down (it's gloomy-rainy out, so why not?) and the rest of the day doing laundry, because in this house, the overflow is never ending. My couch is holding me hostage. Even after my insisting...NOOOOOOOO....I have to go and blog, couch!!!...and then my phone was all...psssssst, why don't you try blogtexting? So, here I sit. Blogtexting on a Saturday night - don't be jealous! Of course the paragraphs look a lot bigger on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at This Full House
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I was pregnant with our oldest daughter when Garth (not his real name) and I bought our house, which makes for an awesome timeline...because our oldest daughter turned 21 in November...and now I don't have to worry about doing too much math, to figure out that we bought this house 21 years ago and...YES!!!...I'm an awesome planner, like that. 3 more kids later, not so much. This house was supposed to be our starter home. What?!? Okay, fine. I guess it's safe to say that we're just really sloooooooooooow starters...ahem...aaaaaanyway, a modest 3 bedroom home would fit us perfectly. 3... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at This Full House
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Contrary to what the rest of my family feels (except for my son, who celebrates his birthday on the 23rd), January is one of my most favorite months of the year. For me, waking up on New Year's Day is sort of like turning to a fresh page in a brand new notebook or purchasing a novel I've been aching to read. Half the excitement is in the anticipation of the journey, equaled only by the endless possibilities in watching the progression of a story unfold. Personal blogging is a lot like that: I have ALL the words in January,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at This Full House
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Blogging while under the influence of teenagers is hard, but blogging in December is way harder and this is where my son would holler, "That's what SHE said!" from somewhere else in the house, because teenagers are very selective about their hearing and especially with regard to retaining information -- most especially when passing along said information, at the most inappropriate of times. Siiiiiiiiiigh. Oh, and I was going to throw in something about working full-time, but decided not to (you're welcome!) because life sort of has a way of coming back and biting me in the butt...REAL HARD...and I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at This Full House
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My husband Garth (not his real name) and I were talking while doing the dishes, yesterday...because it's one of the very few times we can pretty much guarantee ourselves some privacy, at our house. PSA: Teens have a hard time figuring out when the dishwasher is clean (or dirty) unless they are specifically told the dishwasher NEEDS to be changed and then they suddenly (and very mysteriously) become SEVERELY allergic to doing the dishes. Aaaaaanyway, I was doing the math...WHAT?!?...it COULD happen...and realized Garth (not his real name) and I had just celebrated our 25th Thanksgiving, together. Which is REAL... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at This Full House
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It's the holidays, again -- or the holidaze, as we call it at our house. It hit 70+ degrees, yesterday...and the Weather Channel dudes promised 60's, today...then we're supposed to get hit with a snow storm, tomorrow...and WELCOME TO JERSEY! I even saw a couple of gnats flying around, all confused and stuff, until I squashed them against the kitchen window...because gnats are gnasty. [sound of crickets, gasping for breath] Aaaaaanyway, for the holidaze to have officially arrived at our house, at least one of three things has probably happened. A major appliance has died or is very nearly dead.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at This Full House
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Posted Nov 19, 2014 at This Full House
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It's been 10 years since my parents sold their house and moved further down the shore to live in a retirement village, or what my kids fondly refer to as "Camp Mama and Papa," but they each have their own very special memories about the house on 10 Union Street and enjoy sharing stories that usually begin with, "Remember that time at Mama's and Papa's old house?" and end with my youngest not having a clue about what they are talking about. "You were just too little to remember." It's tough being the youngest, sometimes. Okay, mostly every day, especially... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at This Full House
Before my claustrophobia and nyctophobia set it or the terribly weak walls of my bladder, you know, gave out -- you're welcome! Linky Love Bytes: Wordless Wednesday HQ Follow my blog with Bloglovin ©2003 -2014 This Full House with a fan page on Facebook, a way for you to subscribe to receive This Full House blog post by Email and everything! Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at This Full House
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Garth (not his real name) and I have been planning to paint our house for a long while, however, like most of our DIY projects (see also: all of them), preparing for one thing...leads to eleven more unplanned projects...which need to be addressed, first...before we can even begin thinking about starting on...ummmmm...wait, what WERE we talking about, again? [blows bangs out of eyes, looks down at hands, picks at chipped fingernail polish] OH YEAH! Painting the house. Right. So, it doesn't help that one of us is more of a...let's just sit back and wait...perhaps think about this a little... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at This Full House
I love it, whenever I get the chance to introduce folks to a few of my favorite things, here in Jersey -- sharing them with the ones I love most...priceless. Sunset Beach -- Cape May, NJ Thanks so much for indulging this Jersey Girl and sharing in some spectacular seaside moments, Melisa. And good job, sun. Linky Love Bytes: Wordless Wednesday HQ ©2003 -2014 This Full House with a fan page on Facebook, a way for you to subscribe to receive This Full House blog post by Email and everything! Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at This Full House
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As a child, I remember reading about the Declaration of Independence in history class and quietly smiling to myself, thinking...THIS!...this is why my family is here. "Mom, I want to enlist into the military." But I cannot think of too many words, other than those my 15 year-old son has been saying, since he was 4 years-old, that can simultaneously fill my heart with joy AND feel as if someone or something is trying to dig its way out of my chest, one spoonful at at a time. "I spoke with an Army recruiter during Career Day." And yet, in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at This Full House
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Blogging is hard! Blogging while under the influence of children is even harder! Blogging with teenagers living in your house? Okay, picture this: it's sort of like attempting to recite the Pledge of Allegiance...backwards...while riding a bicycle...naked...uphill...in the snow...with two flat tires and a missing seat. My two oldest will tell you: (left) UGH, no (right) YO! It's daaaaaanged near impossible to blog, especially these days. Not without exposing myself to some serious hurt, I mean. [rubs backside, reaches for Ibuprofen] And yet, here we are -- just you, and me, and this here broken bicycle. RELAX, I am wearing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at This Full House
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I don't know what happened, really. I wasn't always such a worry wart. In fact, folks who knew me back in the day (you know, when social media was just a twinkle in Compaq's iframe and we actually face-timed each other, for real) would probably agree -- I was pretty loosey-goosey about stuff. Siiiiiigh. That's right. Loosey-goosey. Look it up, youngsters. Aaaanyway, where was I?!? Loosey-goosey. Face-time. Social media. Back in the day. Oh yeah, I remember now -- soooooo, then I started having kids and...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!...another worry wart is born. Yep, raising kids has consistently proven to be quite... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at This Full House
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Living with 2 teens and 3 other adults (who have opinions AND are NOT afraid to use them), it's not very often that we all agree on...well...anything, really. Unless, we're talking Zombies. And if you're into Zombies? Well, then for the love of all things George Romero, feel free to clean off a chair and sit down, my friend...because there is always room for one more walker! Source Because, 13 MORE SLEEPS UNTIL THE WALKING DEAD!!! YAY!!! We are ALL big fans of The Walking Dead ova here, and have been following along since Season 1, but last season --... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at This Full House
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Being a mom is hard. Being a mom of teens is...uhhhhhhhh...excuse me for a moment...HEY! DID I NOT JUST SAY THE DISHWASHER IS DIRTY?!? GET YOUR PLATES OUT OF THE SINK, DAMMIT!!!...ummmmmm....what were we talking about, again?!? [takes another sip of coffee, blows bangs out of eyes, plays with chin hair] Oh yeah, NOW I REMEMBER! So, I was thinking. Dangerous, for a dork like me, I know. Still. I've been reading lots of blog posts and articles online about what we should or shouldn't be saying to a pregnant woman...EVUH!!!...because, DUH!!!! She's probably NOT in the mood for silly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at This Full House
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this time, she didn't need help reaching the "bee-knock-eeyores" Linky Love Bytes: Wordless Wednesday HQ Follow my blog with Bloglovin ©2003 -2014 This Full House with a fan page on Facebook, a way for you to subscribe to receive This Full House blog post by Email and everything! Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at This Full House
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I'm very proud to partner with the good folks at Sauder, a manufacturer of affordable furniture you assemble yourself, and participate in the Sauder challenge: to share our experience(s) with Sauder and, hopefully, inspire other families (like mine) who have very little extra and literally, no room, or time to spare. I've been writing online for 11 years -- my first blog post went live on September 2, 2003 -- which is like forever ago, in the evolution of the blogging community. Today, I enjoy working to help others find online publishing opportunities and, hopefully, help further their blogging endeavors,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at This Full House