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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
Recent Activity
making parenting look like a piece of cake since, never mind when! A long time ago (i.e. about two kids in diapers, one in pull-ups and one losing her first tooth, ago) and way before I worked up enough nerve to go ahead and push "publish" on this old blog, a bunch of my mom friends and I would make a little extra diaper money by working with local marketing research companies and participate in consumer focus groups. We were sort of like bloggers, but without blogs. Yeah. That's right. Bloggers without blogs. You heard it here, first. Aaaaanyway, because... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at This Full House
this full house, forever ago It's been 2 years since we've had kids roaming the halls of the elementary school; wondering how they can get out of going to gym class (mostly the girls) or losing track of time on their way back from the bathroom (probably my son) and just where in the heck DID they put down their lunch bags (ALL of them) or coats (my son, again) seriously?!? Hint: claim cramps, it's on the kitchen table, and there's a bit of comfort that goes along with my believing there are warm and toasty kids out there, who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at This Full House
I am a big fan of Spotify and love listening to all sorts of music, especially at different times during the day, for example: Mornings: are for acoustic new-age-totally-zen-like-chill-the-frig-out-already-type of channels while working, but not before carefully screening out play lists featuring waterfalls or rain, because overactive bladder...YO!!! Afternoons: are made for badass-don't-EVEN-think-about-messing-with-me-womenz like P!nk and Halestorm's Lzzy Hyde (a.k.a. my husband's second and third wives and I'm totally okay wit-it!) while driving and/or running a bazillion errands, especially during the summer. I live Jersey, enough said. Evenings: however, are perfect for storytelling sexy-sexy-type crooners like Frank Sinatra, Harry Conick... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at This Full House
If I had to choose one super power, something that I'm really, really good at -- better at than the average mom, even -- most people who know me (both virtually and IRL) would probably agree: I break things, a lot. In fact, I even blogged about my being a total KLUTZ back in 2008 for a Thursday Thirteen meme. Remember those? No? Well go and Google it, then. G'head, I'll wait. [cracks knuckles, stretches and...GAH!!!!...Charlie horse...CHAR...LEE...FRIGGIN'...HORSE!!!] Today, however, I was in rare form, even for me: Post by Liz Katkics Thompson. My youngest daughter heard me hollering from the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at This Full House
so, this happened. the girl formerly known as thing two (when i started blogging 11 years ago) looking all growed-up and beautiful for her senior prom. To everyone else, it's just a very lovely capture of another milestone reached in the life of a teen. To me? It is one more bittersweet reminder of just how quickly the years have gone by or how they're sort of speeding up and beginning to make me feel a little like throwing up, even. Long story, short: I've been working a lot of hours, lately. Like, if I'm not sleeping...then I'm pretty much... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at This Full House
I've been busily training for a couple of new jobs (a much needed and very appreciated couple of new jobs!) so my youngest daughter was kind enough to offer her services and guest blog for me, this week. Aaaaand, since I've already failed (miserably!) at posting every day for #NaBloPoMo, I took the kid up on her offer and told her to have at it :) So, she came up with this, unedited and totally in her words: Hey hi hey…most of you know me as the youngest person in the thisfullhouse family. If you don’t know me then I’m... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at This Full House
The funny thing about raising teens (by funny I mean less ha-ha-ha and more what-the-huh?!?) is all the stuff you thought you knew about parenting...just stop it, right now...because kids have this really innate ability of having you question almost every move you make, to be totally wrong, probably. Personally, my inner-12-year-old would LOVE to have me forget that I am the parent, take over the situation and let's play a little verbal dodge ball, while where at it. This morning, it's the door slamming. SLAM!!!! Sets my nerves on edge and don't worry, both my husband and I will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at This Full House
Like any other 15 year-old boy (at least, the teenagers I've had the pleasure of ignoring me) my son likes to sleep (a lot!) and can fall asleep, at a drop of a hat, standing up, with one arm tied behind his back and holding up a "Do not disturb!" sign with the other, if need be. He gets it from his father. Glen and Holly hiking together in the marshlands of NJ, sort of. The boy is probably lagging behind or running perpetually late, for almost everything, too. Guess who he gets THAT from?!? G'head, I'll wait!!! Although his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at This Full House
I was pregnant with our oldest when we moved into our house...what we then referred to as our starter home...on Memorial Day weekend...21 years ago. Okay, so we're really sloooooooooooow starters. Although my husband and I still dream about not having to share a closet (smaller than some other people's pantries) or my waking up in the middle of the night and having to go to the bathroom, all...the...way...downstairs...across the kitchen...through the living room...and waaaaay on the other side of the house...[taking a moment to catch my breath...phew...thanks!]'s more than what a lot of other people have and, well, we've... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at This Full House
My two oldest girls are 2 years apart, so Holly was still in diapers when Heather was born, because potty training is hard enough, let alone bringing home a brand new baby sister, thankyouverymuch. They spent the next 3 years together, as each other's constant playmate, before more babies came along and, well, then it became...EVERYONE IN THE POOL!!!...while other parents looked on (in horror, mostly) wondering what it was like to raise 4 children under the age of 10: it sort of feels as if you are walking around in a drunken stupor...all day...every day. These two monkeys, however,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at This Full House
If you were to ask me to list the scariest words in the English language, a few years ago, it would have looked something like this: Strep throat It's probably viral Chuck E. Cheese Parent-teacher conference I couldn't find any clean underwear (don't ask) Today, although we are way out of the Chuck E. Cheese demographic (blessed be!) and conduct our parent-teacher conferences via email, the list is still pretty much the same. Which leads me to believe that this house does IN FACT eat underwear AND regurgitates socks in the strangest places, sometimes. Trust me, you do NOT want... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at This Full House
Although we are not sure how old he is...exactly...the vet at the animal shelter, where we adopted our Doofus-Dawg in 2004, figured him to be about a year old, at the time. Either way, he's well past earning his senior citizen's dog years. The perks of his reaching retirement age for a mostly lab are many, but more importantly: we don't chase him off of the couch. In fact, I've grown accustomed to simply covering the furniture with a couple of blankets or twenty. The other day, he got caught up in one of those blankets when attempting to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at This Full House
It's here, it's here! It's April 1st, time to turn those calendars (HARD!) and kick-off a fresh, new month with a blogging challenge, yes?!? Especially, since I sort of triple-dog dared my friend Patti at Easton Place Designs to join me in posting...every day...for the next 30 days...and Patti has already published her first #NaBloPoMo post, early this morning. Gosh, but I love it when my friends get all bloggity and stuff! However, if you're like me (figuratively speaking, because not many people can handle THAT much dork) and are frequented by bouts of writer's block (because, TEENS!), my friends... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at This Full House
Disclosure: I am not a big fan of Gwyneth Paltrow. Still, I totally get that people (specifically, parents) do and say some very silly things sometimes, expensive words like "conscious uncoupling" and "co-parenting" make my brain itch. On the other hand, I use made-up phrases all the time (much to the chagrin of my grammarly-gifted friends) so I can certainly relate to the assumption that there may have been a little snark sprinkled in, because...HELLO WORLD!!!....Paltrow's got a personal lifestyle website to maintain. So, it's no surprise that news organizations and the internets were more than ready, willing and able... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at This Full House
In an ongoing effort to cut down on the clutter (or clut-tuh, if you're from Jersey), I decided to re-arrange our kitchen counter (AGAIN!) and, while I was at it, organize myself a lovely little coffee station. Because COFFEE!!! But the sugar bowls were taking up way too much counter space that we already didn't have and yes, I said sugar BOWLS: one for me and one for my husband, Garth (not his real name) who prefers the alternative-type of sweetener (a.k.a. sweet-nuh). I remembered my MIL gave us a box of stuff, that was never added to the yard... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at This Full House
One of the many reasons I love blogging (not to mention, why I've been at it for almost 11 years now): I've had the pleasure of watching this space grow and mature into sooooo many wonderfully diverse communities. You can't go two clicks without meeting someone new to the blogosphere. So, inspired by my friends Shannon and Kendra, I'm kicking it old school and linking up with Elaine from The Miss Elaine-ous Life and Kim from Co-Pilot Mom for some Old School Blogging where I answer a list of random questions. [rolls up sleeves, blows bangs out of eyes] Okay,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at This Full House
It's springtime here in Jersey...wait, let me look out the window...YEP!, anyway. So, I thought it would be fun to break out with the light and airy scarves, until I tried to tie one around my neck and, well, that's an accident...just waiting to happen. There are about a bazillion online tutorials on how to wear scarves and they are all great, until I actually try to tie one around my neck and, well, see previous paragraph. You know, what?!? It would be a whole lot easier if someone showed us fashionably-dorky-types what [k]NOT to do...and...HEY!!!!...wait a minute...I CAN DO... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at This Full House
If given the choice ten years ago: I would rather push an old-fashioned reel lawn mower through a field of sticky spend half the day dodging other shopping carts at the supermarket, while simultaneously attempting to put ALL the stuff my kids threw into OUR cart...accidentally on purpose...back on the shelf. Now that my kids are older? I still hate...Hate...HAte...HATe...HATE food shopping. Unless I am with my husband (date night at the supermarket, FTW!) and most especially if I happen to be shopping with one of my teenagers. "Are you Facebooking, again?!?" "Maaaaaaaaaybeeeeeeeee?" The kids were off on Friday... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at This Full House
My dad has been on "the Facebook" for a little over a year and it's been fun to watch him reconnect with friends and family here and in Hungary, but he was a little worried about leaving comments for his English-speaking, of course, I tried to encourage him (because I am ALL about social media engagement, yo) by insisting that Bing translator would help them out. Aaaaand, seeing some of the crazy stuff that Bing said, that he said, is yet ANOTHER reason why I do not, and should probably never be encouraged to, teach social media classes.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at This Full House
My husband, Garth (not his real name) has a lot of stuff on his plate at work. So, When it comes to taking care of the stuff here in the house, the kids and I have this one unspoken rule: if it is NOT broken, don't try to fix it. And if it is broken, then for the LOVE of all the things that mom let's YOU get away with, do NOT tell your father. Because, more often than not, I was the one who probably broke it AND that is precisely when the "unspoken" part of the rule would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at This Full House
Thanks for sharing my post on Facebook, you are awesome Shannon!
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Thanks SO MUCH for helping me to virtually bitchslap childhood hunger, Melisa. Oh and for the compliment :) I was sitting in front of the window with the most natural light. Unfortunately, it happens to be my cat's favorite window, which is why you see ALL that cat hair on the curtain. Because you know how I like to keep it real and stuff :)
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I kinda have that affect on folks ;) Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by our place, Kate!
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I am very proud to once again partner with my friends at Kelloggs, Action for Healthy Kids and the Team USA athletes in helping to spread the word about the #GreatStarts program's effort to provide breakfasts to kids who might otherwise go without. How? By sharing ways in which you can help share breakfast with a child in need, too. This is my fourth year helping Kellogg's give childhood hunger the virtual bitch-slap it deserves. Why? Long story short, because my family is no stranger to hunger: And, as promised, here's the video featuring the Team USA athletes. For each... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at This Full House
Thanks, Fred! I pitched the idea to them and they LOVED getting the chance to share their stories, like growing up here at This Full House, from their p.o.v. Also, I made sure to hit 'em up on a good hair day :)
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