RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) program for women of all ages.


One of the must to-do  items  before my daughter left for college was to take a mother-daughter self defense class.  We were referred to the Glendale Police Department’s RAD ( Rape Aggression Defense) program in Denver. RAD is a national self defense program.  You can find resources in your community HERE We lined up 4-5 other mother-daughter pairs for [Read more…]

Daughter Leaves for Florence, Italy. Sniff. Sniff

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Today we dropped our daughter off at the airport.  In a matter of hours she will be en route to Florence Italy where she will study abroad over the next 112 days. But, who is counting.  We are so excited for her adventure. We supported her goal to study abroad, because it was a decision [Read more…]

Pajama Program Charity


Please consider this charity to add to your ornament or gift exchanges. Every Christmas my daughter and I host a mother-daughter ornament exchange.  We host it the evening following finals.   We began this tradition in my daughter’s freshmen year in high school.  The girls are now college freshman.  Sniff. Sniff. It has been a joy to [Read more…]


thumbs on wheel

I’m stepping up on my soapbox.  Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get drivers to stop texting while driving on the road, highway, or while stopped at a traffic light or sign.  For some reason, drivers don’t count “stopped at the light” as driving.   I don’t honk if I see drivers texting because I don’t want to further distract or startle that individual [Read more…]

Does this mean my daughter is on the Do Not Fly List?


Our daughter is a freshman at a mid-west university.  She came home for her spring break because she knows we miss her so much we will pay for new shoes, spring clothes, hair cut (and color correction from an impulse hair color box purchase) , eye appointment, meals and Target. But who knew an 87 [Read more…]

I am Not Ready

just ash love this 2009 fall

Reposted after my WordPress migration: My daughter drove to school this morning, taking her last final for the semester. She is a junior in high school. She is a great girl who happens to have  what I would have envied when I was in high school (brains, beauty, an athlete and a strong inner confidence).  She is also in [Read more…]

Throwback Thursdays: One of my first blog posts!

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Hi all- here is a Throwback Thursday post.  Oh to be young(er) and so naïve!  My daughter is now in college!  Yikes! How cute are these!  I haven’t done anything crafty in a few years.  But, after jumping into the blogosphere I was lured back to my glue and staple guns and craft stores!   I started [Read more…]

College Care Package Party!


I just returned from an afternoon party to prepare care packages for our girls who recently left for college! Sniff. Sniff. Breathe. Here are the details: Each mom was asked to bring enough items for 7 girls. We stuck to non-perishable food and any inexpensive items! The hostess provided the USPS boxes. She gave us [Read more…]

A Care Package of Kisses {Hershey}


My daughter just left for college (sniff.sniff) and I am constantly thinking about care packages (I haven’t actually gotten my act together to send a care package)!  So this week I am sending her some kisses {Hershey} with personalized messages (reminders).      I got this idea at Michael’s. I found the personalized labels by [Read more…]

My daughter prepares for her senior year in high school


THROWBACK THURSDAY: Reposting one of my favorites. As we head into a new school year, he is what I was feeling just a few short years ago. My daughter is now a junior in college!  Yikes! It’s happening. And, I’m getting cold feet! My daughter is almost, officially a senior in high school. I just can’t [Read more…]