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November 2013

Maybe I should just quit reading my own blog, right?!?

I was cleaning out my blog's archives, the other day (which, admittedly, I don't do very often, because, it's REALLY scary in there) when I came across this picture AND I had a major heart squeeze, right there, in the middle of 2008. Hope and Doofus-dawg, waiting for the first BIG snowfall of 2008. So, I did what any OTHER self-respecting seasoned blogger would do: posted this warm and fuzzy picture of my youngest kid to Facebook and spread the heart-squeeze, all cyber-like, because...daaaaaaaaangit...they really DO grow up so fast and, well, it's really nice to have something tangible to... Read more →

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Teen-friendly Tapas: easy-peasy chicken and waffles recipe.

A drizzle of warm honey and a sprinkling of fresh chives dress-up these chicken topped mini waffles, very nicely! Last month, I was invited to meet with U.S. Olympic legends and athlete hopefuls representing Team USA in New York City to help kick-off the 100 day countdown to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. I know, who EVER thought a dork like me would EVER be able to say that, out loud, RIGHT?!? Aaaaaanyway, one of my favorite activities from this awesome event was participating in helping to create an absolutely awesome brunch, in my pretend kitchen at The Culinary... Read more →

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We don't need no stinkin' Rainbow Loom vlog!

My youngest daughter and I were cruising the aisles at Michael's (a.k.a. our second home, besides Home Depot and Lowe's, especially at this time of the year) and it didn't take long for me to remember why I try NOT to make it a habit of going into Michael's...with Hope...too much. Her head starts to shake, then both of her arms begin to twitch and, I swear, you could almost hear the electrical wiring in her body crackle, as she starts to make a mental note of all the things we'll need, for all the projects that we could do.... Read more →

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Wordless Wednesday: Restore the Shore

Took a drive to Manasquan Beach this week, they're still working on it. Restoretheshore.com has partnered with several non-profit organizations providing on-going relief to local areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. ©2003 -2013 This Full House with a fan page on Facebook and everything! I'm NaBloPoMo-ing it, feel free to check out what I've NaBloPoMo-ed, so far (PHEW!) and let me know how I'm doing (I mean, 30 posts, in 30 days, really?!?) when you have time, of course! Read more →

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World Toilet Day: show your support, pledge to save water and a $200.00 gift card giveaway.

Did you know that today, November 19th, is World Toilet Day?!? I know what you're thinking -- seriously, what's next, National Bathtub Week?!? Okay, here's the thing, but what most folks don't realize (and I'm including myself, here) is that over 1.5 billion people in the world are STILL living without access to sanitary water or a proper toilet. The statistics of children dying due to things we tend to take for granted, like clean water and proper sanitation, are staggering. Today, I am once again very proud to partner with the good folks at American Standard to help share... Read more →

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I don't remember ordering coffee light, sweet or upside down.

I am SO NOT a morning person, however, as long as there's a cup of coffee handed to me within the first few minutes of opening my eyes, along with a clear path to a vacant bathroom, I'm good. Once I regain the power of speech, typically soon after taking a very hot shower and inhaling another cup of coffee, I'm better. Which makes entertaining overnight guests a bit problematic. Unless you happen to live with a morning person, like Garth (not his real name), who also happens to be an early-riser. He is the ying to my....daaaaaaaaang, it's early....wait,... Read more →

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It's not creeping, I'm just appreciating good curb appeal.

Oh, but if these houses could only talk... Our friends at GM were kind enough to send us a loaner, this week. They knew Melisa was visiting with us from Chicago and thought I would probably appreciate playing tour guide in a vehicle that...you know...actually works...because they are awesome, like that. It was so nice to be able to show Melisa all our favorite places here in Jersey and NOT have to worry about breaking down on an off ramp or, even worse, a jug handle (i.e. traffic circle or rotary). But that is a different post, for another day.... Read more →

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