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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Why Shopping For A Home Is A Lot Like Dating

Tall Dad and I have been searching for 2 years for a place to call HOME here in Providence, Rhode Island. It's been agonizing, fun, time consuming, and downright frustrating. But most of all, searching for a home has felt a lot like dating.


Step One: The Innocent-Wide Eyed-Pink Glasses Wearing-Dreamer

We've all been there. We've said to ourselves "I'm ready to start looking! Maybe I'll find something or someone right away, or maybe it will take a little while. I'm excited to get back into the field, and be hopeful that THE ONE is just out there - waiting for me to find it/him."

We daydream about what special events could look like in our new home. Introducing our new boyfriend to our friends and parents. Having friends over for dinners and birthday parties - or planning vacations with your imaginary new partner. 

Ahh, basking in the dreams of what may come. This step is just downright lovely.

Friday, September 12, 2014

My Kid's a Stoner {guest post}

*Disclaimer: This guest post is written by Tall Dad. The following article is not representative of Mary Larsen’s thoughts or values.  She is not liable for the views expressed in the following commentary. Chances are, however, that if you're reading this, regardless of your tastes, we probably have at least one thing in common - we're both parents. And you know, just as well as I, that being a parent, either new, or grizzled veteran, is tough on anyone. So, take whatever you like from this article – good, bad, or ugly – and try to enjoy.






I'd had it.

You want to know how much sleep I've had in the past couple of days? About three hours.  Give or take a minute or two.  Itty Bitty has been teething like a son of gun, and he's starting to go through this weird rebellious phase where all he wants to do is bust my balls.  Thus, no sleep.

For the most part, I'm a pretty patient dad.  I swear.  Crying isn't an issue for me, I can see past all the mess, and I'm actually starting to like hanging out with the kid finally.  I've normally got it all under control.

But, today.  Oh, today....

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Beauty of Handwritten Cards #ValueCards #CollectiveBias #shop

Um, what? September is already here? I feel like the Fourth of July was just yesterday! Does anyone else feel like this summer season flew by too quickly? I know it did for me. In a blink of an eye, friends were married, birthdays happened, and a few friends welcomed some new babies into their lives. I realized that even though I made phone calls or text messages, that I never celebrated any of these moments properly by sending a card.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Kid Sucked {guest post}


*Disclaimer: This guest post is written by Tall Dad. The following article is not representative of Mary Larsen’s thoughts or values.  She is not liable for the views expressed in the following commentary. Chances are, however, that if you're reading this, regardless of your tastes, we probably have at least one thing in common - we're both parents. And you know, just as well as I, that being a parent, either new, or grizzled veteran, is tough on anyone. So, take whatever you like from this article – good, bad, or ugly – and try to enjoy.

Yes, you read that right - my kid sucked.

I literally hated being around him from birth all the way to he was about a year old. Well aware that it is more than likely different for other parents, I often struggled with this feeling of being so harsh on my child.  But, if I'm being honest with myself - I felt this way.


Is it embarrassing? Yup.  Do I wish I felt differently? You bet.  My kid, however, was a giant pain in the butt and it was tough to actually like him. Here's why:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sick Tall Mom


After running errands, and fitting in some play time, Itty Bitty truly had a full day yesterday. I tried to make sure he was eating and drinking enough, but I seemed to have forgotten about myself. At 3:20pm, a massive migraine struck, and I had no choice but to lay down.

Monday, August 25, 2014

What I Did This Weekend - The Ms. Tri-State Pageant

I am writing this blog post at 2:30am on a Monday morning. Itty Bitty is sound asleep, and the usual culprit of my late nights-- new parent induced insomnia -- isn't to blame. 

I'm up because of a wonderful natural high. That, and incessant charlie horses and cramps that keep bending my toes and feet into contortionist like positions. Ouch.

That's what I get for wearing 5 inch heels for almost 10 hours straight, right?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Summertime Sillytime Party with A Taste of Nature Tasting #RealTastesGood


Summertime is meant for family, friends, and easy going parties!  One of the highlights of our summer was catching up with college friends at a silly party our friends have deemed "Hickfest!" We gather in our finest country/Americana/Duck Dynasty attire, head on over to the county fair, and then have a fun silly summer party together. All of us friends bring about snacks and drinks, and spend the day laughing with our kids and recalling tales from our college days. I brought along some Taste of Nature bars to add to the snack table.