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Adventures in Permitting

I spent three hours and 40 minutes at the Dade County Building Permitting office today. Not exactly the way I wanted to spend my Monday, but hey – you have to go what you have to do. And I absolutely HAD to do this. I have been dragging my feet on dealing with the county…

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2011 Already?

I always make New Year Resolutions. I am not a crazy-pin-them-on-the-wall type, but all the same, each New Year’s Eve, I go over a list of a few things I want to accomplish in the following year. I usually get them all done. Usually… This year, I want to get back in shape – I…

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2010: The Year My Life Changed

As another year comes to an end, I’ve been a bit introspective. More so than usual. 2010 was a year full of life changing decisions, tragedy, triumph and stalemate. I made the decision to leave my job of seven years. I worked for a good company, as far as Corporate America goes. I made a…

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Christmas Joy & Non-stop Baking

The last week was a whirlwind of travel, playing in the snow, baking, stuffing my face, seeing family, crying, and collapsing on the sofa. You know, the usual Christmas stuff! We spent a few days visiting my in-laws in New Mexico, which was fantastic. It snowed 18 inches in their town the night before our…

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I'm leaving the Marlboro Man

When I was a kid, there were still cigarette ads on television. All the fab movie stars smoked. My dad smoked. Smoking was cool. Yeah, I know it wasn’t “really” cool, but in my little-kid skewed vision of the world, it was freaking awesome. It was what the grown ups did. The Marlboro man did it,…

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The holidays as a SAHM

Christmas is right around the corner…the decorations are up, gifts are wrapped, the temperature has dropped…And this is my first Christmas as a “stay at home mom.” When I quit working this past April, I envisioned the upcoming summer and holiday breaks from school as an opportunity to spend time with my daughter like never…

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It's been a party weekend!

Its been one of those crazy, whirlwind weekends…a company holiday party for my husband on Friday night, giggling teenage girls taking over the house Saturday during the day, and a holiday party for our friends on Saturday night. I had the opportunity to play with make up, douse myself in perfume, blow out my hair,…

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Is it really already December?

You know that old saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun?” Yeah, that one that makes you roll your eyes as a teenager…but then you find yourself saying it all the time as an adult. As a child/teen, I always felt that my life was moving at a snail’s pace. The school years seemed to drag…

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Cold Weather or Bust….

Sometimes I wake up in the morning thinking that life could not get any better… And then I walk outside and its 82 degrees and the sun is burning a hole through the trees and I feel as though I am about to be vaporized. Living in Miami sucks. There, I said it. It almost…

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How to Make Chocolate Lava Cakes

You know those delicious little chocolate cakes you can buy at most chain restaurants – the ones that are melted and gooey inside when you cut into them? That’s what we had for dessert tonight…in under 30 minutes. I am a big fan of kraftrecipes.com and that is where we finally found the quickest recipe….

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