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On My Book Shelf: She's Come Undone By Wally Lamb

Image result for she's come undone by wally lamb      She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb was an Oprah's Book Club selection way back in 1996. Fortunately, this book is timeless. It's a coming of age tale that is filled with trauma and the struggle of finding your own place in the world.
       I had a difficult time relating to Dolores, the main character, for the first few chapters. Even though I empathized with Dolores, I couldn't relate to her responses to situations. That changed with her first marriage. Something about her relationship and husband felt familiar to me. From that point going forward I felt a little more invested in her character. Prior to that I would sometimes feel like she was making things harder on herself and found myself cringing throughout the book. I wanted her to find her own path and be fulfilled. 
        It is a very well written book. Dolores is a unique character with a somewhat tragic story. It doesn't have a super happy, Hallmark movie ending. Don't worry--you won't be in tears either. It is more about acceptance and finding peace. 
      I listened to the audio book and the narrator was good. (Occasionally I can't listen to audio books because of the voice reading it.) I liked this book enough that the next book on my "shelf" is another Wally Lamb. 

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Printable Girl Scout Cookie Sales Tracker

Do you know what time it is? Girl Scout Cookie time! Woohoo!
This will be the third year my daughter has been in a troop and participated in selling cookies. Like many parents, I have a sort of love/hate relationship with fundraising. I never take for granted that our school does not have fundraiser sales. So she is only out there hustling cookies.  On a positive note, the cookies are delicious and the girls do get to have their money returned to them for fun activities. 

So this cookie sale tracker is for Girl Scout leaders, mommas, poppas, aunties or whoever is out there raising a cookie dealer 🍪

I found other trackers to have some pretty big goals. I felt like 25 on a page felt obtainable and you can always print more. We keep ours on the fridge and print another when the first is filled. 

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Happy Friday: November 3rd, 2017

{one} I hope everyone had a  WONDERFUL Halloween! 
We stayed home on Halloween night and opted to Trick-or-Treat the weekend before instead. The girls ate popcorn & candy and watched Goosebumps from their homemade teepee on Halloween night.

{two} Black Friday is coming. 
My favorite day will be here soon. Is everyone ready?

 {three} Christmas Shopping
Anyone limiting toys this year? When I say "limiting" I mean placing a limit on yourself. We all know there is no stopping Grandmas. 
We just have way, way too many and I feel like it's getting a bit chaotic in the house. I also feel like it's just getting to the point where I look at toys and they are all similar to things we already own. Add that Sophia is going to be 10 this next year and she also doesn't play with toys like she did when she was younger.  Heidi will still get some, but I am trying to be very deliberate about what I buy. 

Speaking of chaos and the clutter that causes it....I have been cleaning out all the kids clothes I have been saving.  There is such a large age gap between the girls and Sophia has so many that can be saved  for Heidi that it got crazy.  It felt like giant storage totes were taking over our storage rooms, laundry room and garage. I have been loading stuff up to Goodwill, consignment shops and only saving the best/favorites.
 Feels pretty good to be regaining my laundry room.

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The Battle of The Summer Bucket Lists

The Summer Bucket List is probably the best of all the bucket lists.I know there are all the pumpkin-spice-fall-loving lists that are pretty good, but summer is just something special. I should fill you in a little. 
I have a summer birthday, disliked school as a kid and really liked 4-H/4th of July/fairs, etc.. Even as an adult those things make summer a revered time of year for me. 
The problem with Summer Bucket lists are that they are often in conflict with reality. Or they create a giant to-do list. This problem isn't limited to just moms, but I do think we fill it a bit more with school age kids  at home. 
Please refer to the evidence below for further explanation.
 And enjoy. 😊

What are you doing to make your summer less stress and more fun ? 

Exhibit A.

Exhibit B.

I had to end the mom's list on a good note. Doing fifty different summer activities may seem like a good thing, but only do them if they make you happy too. I have had years where I created what felt like a non-stop schedule and some years that were more relaxed. My daughter is turning nine this summer. She has survived and enjoyed both. Relax mommas! Whatever works for your will be good for the kids. 

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