What I wore Wednesday is coming next week, because this week has been rough and filled with changes.

Changes are good and I plan to share more about that soon.

But for now, look at all of the things I’ve done to update the space here.

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You can also see the latest 40 photos I’ve shared on Instagram over there too. Where I’ve started using the #realliferoe hashtag. Do you use hashtag when you post the actual hashtag?

So tell me what you have been up to and enjoy this photo of my granddaughter enjoying every bit of that trip down the slide.

One and a half is the best age. Its full of independence and smiles as you go down slides by yourself.

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The Chicken Bride

I swear that this isn’t the start of a bad joke, at least I hope it isn’t.

If you have been around for a while you may know that I refer to my younger daughter as The Chicken. I’m sure that you are wondering why I refer to her as The Chicken, as many do, so a little back story.

When she was born the delivering doctor held her up and proclaimed that she was at least nine or ten pounds. He couldn’t prove this fact in the delivery room as the only scale in the maternity ward where she was born was located in the nursery.

The Chicken and her then boyfriend at Prom last year. Wow does a lot of stuff change in a year.

The Chicken and her then boyfriend at Prom last year. Wow does a lot of stuff change in a year.

I flatly told the doctor he was wrong. That there was no way that the baby he held in his arms weighed that much. He was surprised by my confidence and asked why I thought he was wrong.

I explained that my older daughter was nearly nine pounds and she had rolls for days. That this baby that he was holding was probably one of the thinnest babies I had ever seen. There were no rolls and her legs resembled those of a chicken. We said some other things in which I can’t remember because I had been up all night having a baby and it was nearly 5 o’clock in the morning.

What I do remember clearly is that at nearly 7 o’clock in the morning when I was just getting to sleep in my room the same doctor comes in and wakes me up to tell me that I was in fact wrong.

Apparently he had been delivering babies for nearly 30 years and was typically spot on with guesstimating birth weights on his deliveries. My flat refusal to accept his guesstimate and my reasoning why had him second guessing himself and so he followed my daughter to the nursery where he (in his own words) impatiently waited for them to clean her up and weigh her.

She was a whopping nine and a half pounds and even more astounding nearly 24 inches long! The latter would explain her lack of rolls as her sister while nearly nine pounds was only 17.5 inches long. Like I said that kid had rolls for days.

Last year The Chicken flew from the nest and next year she is getting married. It seems like just yesterday the husband was telling me that The Chicken’s then boyfriend came to ask him for permission to ask her to marry him and now the wedding is a little over a year away.

Some days I feel like I am blinking my life away because I swear just yesterday we were in that hospital room and I was staring at all of her perfect features, including those long chicken legs.

Do you have any advice for The Chicken and their fiancé as they prepare for their upcoming nuptials?

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The Beauty of Five Percent

How many times have you declined the offer to apply for a Target card because having yet another card wasn’t worth the 5% discount The Beauty of 5% Savings at Targetthey were offering?

I am not sure how many times I declined, but it was at least seventeen years worth, because I knew that the LAST thing I needed was a ticket to shop at my favorite store, even if I didn’t exactly have the extra cash handy.

I know, I know….I should have some responsibility when it comes to what I spend….but really if I am going to be honest, I am sure that I would foul it up somehow.  Trust me.

On what seemed like the 50th time I was in Target one week, {I am sure it wasn’t but I am going for dramatics people} I was asked that all too familiar question about applying and saving 5% on my purchases everyday at Target.  And let’s not forget about the free shipping that I would be receiving when I ordered from Target.com.  {to be clear, I have never ordered anything from Target.com}  I declined, as always…and with my regular routine….I tossed the husband under the bus.

“Oh how I would love a Red Card, but I am pretty sure that my husband would kill me,” I told the cashier as I chuckled.

She looked at me and instead of the usual ‘But you will save FIVE percent’ or ‘FREE shipping’ {you know at a website that I only window shop at} and said, “You do realize that you can link your debit card up to a Red Card and still save the 5% while it comes out of your checking account.”

Why no nice Target lady I did not, in fact, know about that I could have saved an amount of money that I don’t even want to think about because it would probably make my stomach hurt.  So, to make up for crazy amount of money that I could have saved over the course of the last 17 years that I have been shopping at Target, I now share this story with you.

You CAN save 5% on your purchases at Target and get FREE shipping on all of your online purchases with a Target Debit Card.  Just take your ID and a blank check into your nearest Target and they will set it all up.  Just remember what you picked for your PIN number so when it prompts you for your PIN and you put in another PIN you won’t get flustered with the poor checkout guy that was just helping from seasonal because the registers were backed up and tell him that you never picked any numbers to go with your account and what kind of scam are they trying to pull all while he tells you  he is just helping out from the back of the store.

You’re Welcome.

Disclosure: I’m pretty sure that Target doesn’t have a clue as to who I am, because even with the 17 years of shopping there I am probably just a blip on their radar.  I was not compensated for this post, you know, aside from the $23 I have saved so far this year with my beloved magical card.  Although it might be Target’s fault that when I talk about my magical card I sometimes ask the person that I am speaking to, “What’s in your wallet?” in a crazy western voice and I might go on a tangent about how you can’t buy real salsa in New York City….but they probably aren’t at fault and I just watched too much television in the 90’s.  So go forth, be happy, and enjoy the of saving 5%!

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