Author Archives: amanda

I have a new personal record!

(I wrote this about a month ago, but never published it. I was in the funk I mentioned on Sunday and just didn’t have it in me to finish it. But I do want to recognize that I reached this … Continue reading

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Showing our Disney Side!

Last month we hosted our Disney Side@Home party, and we had a blast!! I knew we would be hosting our party at home, as that’s what the name implied (though I certainly wouldn’t have minded celebrating at the parks!). Since … Continue reading

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Angels watching over us

The last few weeks have been tough for my family, to say the least. After losing my grandfather unexpectedly on January 30th, we lost my great uncle on March 3rd, just four weeks later. While his death was expected due … Continue reading

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Testing out the Fellowes 73Ci Shredder #IDSafetySeason

Disclosure: I was provided a Fellowes 73Ci shredder for review. All opinions indicated are my own. I’ve been testing out the Powershred 73Ci shredder that Fellowes was kind enough to send my way. I tend to fry shredders, and it’s … Continue reading

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DisneySide@Home Package Reveal!! #DisneySide

Disclosure: I was thrilled when I received notification that I was chosen to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration. We received a party kit filled with goodies from Disney Parks and Mom Select. Items were provided by several sponsors, including American … Continue reading

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Battle Identity Theft with Fellowes #IDSafetySeason

This post was created in partnership with Fellowes. All opinions are my own. Shortly before the holidays, I was asked by Fellowes to review their 73Ci shredder. This could not have been more timely: since our spending habits increase significantly … Continue reading

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My grandfather was larger than life. He had huge hands that he always said were rough and calloused, but they were just right to me. He was big, in stature and in demeanor, and when his Gallego side came out, … Continue reading

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Things we’re celebrating

How did we celebrate and commemorate Brandon’s 11th birthday? If you know us well, you know the answer: we went to Disney, of course! We’re trying to maximize our annual passes as we aren’t sure yet if our financial situation … Continue reading

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To the darling boy who made me a mother on this very day, 11 years ago. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for showing me what it means to love unconditionally. Thank you for making me a better person, … Continue reading

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Welcoming 2014 with open arms

As I reflect on the past year, I am grateful for the love of family and friends, the lessons learned throughout the year, and the hope and possibility that lies in the year ahead.    Our household survived six months … Continue reading

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