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The title of this post is the Crisis and Support Hotline for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. If you are struggling, or know someone who is – please call. Someone is on the other end of the phone 24/7. You can also talk via text at (440) 423-2020. When I was 19, I was a server in a chain restaurant near my house. I was pretty good at that job and was highly motivated by the fact that I got…

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Lucky 7

Lucky 7

Yesterday, Kirk and I celebrated our 7th anniversary. Seven years isn’t a huge milestone, but we have experienced a lot together in that time. If you include the 4 years we were dating before that, I personally find it miraculous that Kirk isn’t sick of me yet. Relationships are hard work, but marriage is a whole new level. And, to be honest, there’s nobody I’d rather work hard at this with than Kirk. We met on Good Friday in 2007….

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Comfort Food (that won’t kill you)

Comfort Food (that won’t kill you)

Anybody that has more than one child- how in the hell do you manage it? Reid and Sydney have been oil and water this week. She wants to be all over him and he wants space. It’s impossible to explain that to either of them that Reid needs patience and Sydney needs to learn boundaries. So instead, he yells and she cries. So I yell and I cry. At one point this week, both were crying hysterically AT THE SAME…

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Balancing Act

Balancing Act

Well. A lot of things have happened since November- such as an entire holiday season, a trip to California for Thanksgiving, hosting Christmas dinner (which involved making standing rib roast for the first time), Sydney walking, and me starting a new job. I guess the last one is the biggest, considering it had been about 4.5 years since I’ve worked. I decided over the summer that I was ready to start working again, and luckily Kirk was super supportive. I…

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Grandpa Jim

Grandpa Jim

I’ve been staring at a blank computer screen for about 20 minutes now. I’m not sure what to say. How do you honor someone you’ve known literally your entire life? I am so lucky to have had two living grandparents at the age of 34. Grandpa Jim passed away on Wednesday, November 8th. I wouldn’t say it was unexpected- he was 92 and had recently entered hospice- but it is still heartbreaking. I can’t even think about being in my…

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Here I Go Again

Here I Go Again

So, we had a few days last week where it actually felt like FALL. I’m about as basic as they come, with the exception of the PSL. I actually don’t love pumpkin spice lattes- they are too sweet for me and don’t contain nearly enough espresso. Give me 5 more shots in there and then we’ll talk. But- I love sweaters and scarves, skinny jeans and boots. LOVE IT. But lately the weather has been warm again, even a little…

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Butternut Squash Pasta with Bacon and Kale

Butternut Squash Pasta with Bacon and Kale

Holy smokes. This dish is something I had made for a few years- it’s semi-healthy comfort food at its finest. But, I’m not exactly on the gluten or dairy train anymore, so I haven’t touched it for awhile. Yesterday, I decided to give it a whirl with a handful of changes- and man, was it amazing! That is one of the things I’ve learned over the past 8 months or so- with a few changes, I can still make food…

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Sydney Jane

Sydney Jane

Dear Sydney, These are your last days as a baby. Saturday, your first birthday, marks the beginning of your toddler years. Cliche as it may be, this year has flown by. Around this time last year I was at the doctor getting my 39 week checkup. I had been having tons of Braxton-Hicks contractions but didn’t really pay attention to them. We spent our last night as a family of 3, September 22, putting Reid to bed and having our…

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Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Anybody who’s looked at my Instagram feed knows three things: I have two kids, I’m currently doing a ton of handstands (#100handstandsin100days2017), and I love to cook. I haven’t always liked being in the kitchen- before I had Reid, Kirk was the primary chef in our relationship. He was (and still is) pretty good, too, and credits his “restaurant experience” (aka a 6-week internship in a restaurant) for this. I will say though- he can spin and toss pizza dough…

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Dr. Duncanstein

Dr. Duncanstein

Our dog, Duncan, came into my life in 2006. I was at Ohio State for law school, and I sold my ticket to the OSU/Michigan game for enough to cover my rent and get a dog. I was so excited- I’d never had a dog before, and I was so excited to go pick him up in October when he was 10 weeks old. Duncan was so tiny. He weighed 2 pounds and couldn’t really go upstairs by himself. He…

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