Smile

There’s always a reason to smile… …and sometimes it smiles back. (My raisin toast from yesterday morning was very chipper.)

Lost Panda

Lost toy. Lost panda toy. Are you kidding me?? This commercial made me cry like a toddler. But then get a load of this. As fate and weirdness would have it, check out what I noticed in the front yard of a nearby new home construction site. Some adorable little girl better be on her…

Hello…

…Kitty Cafe! This is how I spent my Saturday morning…and it represents everything I love about being an adult. Sometimes you get to do things that are simply indulgent and fun for no other reason than you can. This little girl (please forgive the crap photo from my iPhone) is my spirit animal. While the…

Obviously

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel And if who/what she wants to be requires a cape for her holiday baking, she absolutely should wear a cape. Because bakers are superheroes, too. Not pictured: this little girl’s twin, donning a matching cape.

A Quick Adventure – Part I

Look who I got to see during a quick visit to Washington D.C.!! And would you look at that, she’s happy to see me, too! Actually, she’s smiling about chow time and a fresh serving of bamboo, but still. She’s smiling. You see it, don’t you? Such a happy girl. And check this out. This swordfish…

Fairy Tale Tea

“Never look back. If Cinderella went back for her shoe, she would never have been a princess.” This past weekend brought a unique experience for this mother of boys. I got to take my Little Sister to Fairy Tale Tea with Cinderella. My Little was so excited that she called me the night before to…

How BFFs Are Made.

Today I got to take my little buddy Lucy to make her very own BFF. Because BFFs are so very special, we had to go to a very special place: Build-A-Bear Workshop. After perusing a wide assortment of puppies, kitties, bears, and other critters, Lucy found her perfect companion. A purple unicorn My Little Pony. And she was…

Peace, Love, and Hello Kitty

The other day I noticed my neighbor’s little girl wearing a Hello Kitty t-shirt as she skipped to her front door. Obviously I viewed this as a sign of very good character and I wanted to encourage her, as our next generation, to continue making such wonderful decisions. As such, I thought it only made sense to…

Bunny Brunch!

A few weeks ago, I saw an ad for a very special brunch with the Easter Bunny at Bissinger’s chocolate factory downtown. Naturally, I wanted to go. However, given that my kids are wrapping up their college careers, I figured they wouldn’t be interested in painting their own chocolate bunny or high-fiving a stranger in a…

Om…

We have a family of chipmunks in our backyard that continues to provide a lot of amusement. This morning when I sat down to breakfast, I caught a glimpse of Buddha out the corner of my eye. I turned to look and…there he was. Little chipmunk just chilled out on top of Buddha Man’s head.

Distracted Runner, Sunday Edition

This morning brought sunshine and my long run for the week. While I enjoy them, long runs are tough for me — but not for the most obvious reasons. Ten and a half miles outdoors provides a lot of territory for observation and the risk for distraction is super high — especially for someone who dabbles…

Because…

…every Thursday needs to begin with a pink penguin sugar cookie.

Can’t Help Myself

Saw this on twitter yesterday and I’ve watched it probably ten times since. It’s Friday. Indulge me.