Hallmark: When The Neighborhood Grows Up

Hallmark Halloween Decorations on dineanddish.net

Watching our neighborhood grow up… a Hallmark Life is a Special Occasion Post. Maybe it’s because the oldest “kid” on our block left us for college this year… Or that my son no longer wants to dress up for Halloween… Or that our group of “kids” at our annual Halloween “Boo in the Bubble” neighborhood party…

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Happiness Report #30 – Thoughts on Phoning it In

The Happiness Report 30 at dineanddish.net

This morning I was sitting at my kitchen table, reading the newspaper and drinking my made at home latte, mulling over in my mind what I am going to say during my talk at the upcoming Chopped Conference. The topic of my talk is something I am really passionate about in the blogging world, which…

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Superheroes of the Non-Cape Variety

Hallmark Superheroes Plush Dolls

Superheroes come in many different forms… and they don’t all wear capes! I’m partnering with Hallmark to chat about everyday superheroes. Superheroes… in Hollywood (or Gotham City) superheroes are typically cape wielding, super power kind of people. They swoop in to save the day, typically in disguise. Most of these Hollywood “superheroes” are just normal,…

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Date Night, Grown Up Shrimp and #ApothicWhite

A simple and flavorful Lemon Kale Baked Shrimp from www.dineanddish.net #ApothicWhite

My husband and I used to be really fun people. We did! We used to have regular date nights, spent plenty of nights out until the wee hours of the morning down in the bar district, vacationed often, lived a fun, carefree and exciting life. We were sexy, edgy and fun. Then things changed… excitement…

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Giving Thanks for the Everyday Things

Giving Thanks Hallmark Cards

  Thanks to Hallmark for sponsoring this post.  As many of you know, I completed my first half marathon a few weeks ago. I had so much anxiety leading up to it, but after crossing the finish line I had such an overwhelming feeling of thanks and gratitude. The race I ran was the Kansas…

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#ThisIs40 Week 4 in Photos

This Is 40 Photo Opener

Hey all! Before I get into my #ThisIs40 Week 4 in Photos, I wanted to tell you about a new project I’ve started. So many people contact me each week for advice on writing, so I thought I’d share my free “writing workouts” with those interested. Head over to the new inspiredPrompts page on Dine…

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#ThisIs40 Photography Project {Week 1}

#ThisIs40 Photography Project Week 1

So… I turned 40 last week and oh what a week it was! I spent a week away, part with friends, part with my husband and had a lot of time to think and reflect and plan. I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend my birthday! With the thinking came a few regrets. One…

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