Seeing the World in Color:  Enchroma Glasses Review

We first realized our middle son, Carter, was color blind when he was in kindergarten during Parent-Teacher conferences. While going through his “coursework” for the first part of the year his teacher was showing us his drawings and one was of a shark.  It was a lovely drawing of a shark swimming in the ocean with a brown boat, but the water was purple.  A few drawings later, the sky was purple.  A few more pictures later, more purple water. Later that day we asked him what color was the sky, what color was the ocean.  His response was blue. 

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Thanksgiving Dinner: Impressing Grandma & Grandpa with Martha & Marley Spoon

Last Thanksgiving my parents decided they couldn’t host.  On top of that, my husband was on-duty, which meant that if there was going to be a turkey, I would have to be cooking.  If that wasn’t scary enough, I would actually have to go out and shop for food.  This was more than a few frozen bags of veggies and some poultry.  We’re talking turkey, dressing, vegetables, dessert.  I was panicked.  Then a miracle happened.  Martha & Marley Spoon emailed me. 

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Chicago Marathon – Professional Spectator Plan

Forget about a day off school.  Forget about Columbus Day sales.  When October rolls around in Chicagoland it means that the Chicago Marathon is near.  Don’t be fooled – I don’t even like driving 26.2 miles so you won’t find me running the streets of Chicago racking up those miles.  What you will find me doing, when family and friends make the marathon a personal goal to check off their bucket list, is turning into a professional spectator.  My goal: to cheer my runners on at the 2-mile, 8-mile, 13.5-mile, 17-mile, 22-mile, and 26-mile marks.  This is how you do it.

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Ireland: Family history atop Nephin mountain

Sometimes an adventure can take you far beyond your wildest imagination.  In 2017 we took a driving adventure around Ireland with hopes to visit the area that my great-great-grandparents raised their family before their children started to travel to America.  We planned to drive to County Mayo, explore a cemetery or two, and drive through the town our ancestors called home.  Our giddy excitement on our plans sent our current Ireland family on a search on other possible places to visit – and found the diamond in the rough.  

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Irish Ancestry: Addergoole Cemetery, County Mayo

Exploring an unknown country by car for 12 days can be an adventure, especially when you’re 40-ish years old driving your 60-ish-year-old mother and 16-year-old niece around.  We made a great trio and did we had goals. Some were to explore Ireland and learn more about there area where my great-grandparents lived before immigrating to Chicago.  Since my mom & her sister have spent many years researching our ancestry so we knew quite a bit.  They lived in County Mayo, from a small town called Crossmolina.  We even had a cemetery name of their final resting place – Addergoole Cemetery.  Mom was determined to visit but after a Google Earth search and satellite view, I was a little leary on our adventure.  To put it simply – it looked spooky.

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10 Things From My Hospital Stay After My Cardiac Ablation

It has been a year since my short stint as a patient.  Thankfully after undergoing a cardiac ablation in 2017, I am happy to report that I have been A-fib free for an entire year.  This experience has been quite educational not only as a human that will probably use a hospital again sometime in my life but especially since I spend my working hours as a Nurse Practitioner.

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Electronic Storage: Technology Gadget Organization

With our technology collection growing it is becoming harder and harder to convince the boys there was a life before “electronics”.  Determined to reign in some control of screen time I decided to centralize all the electronics in the house.  Of course, it had to have some flair – so after months of searching, I found the perfect desk to house it all.  With a little bit of elbow grease & imagination, I have the perfect electronic storage unit for all our gadgets.   Now all I have to do is pat the boys down each night so they can get a good night sleep & the electronics can recharge as well.

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Daily Photo Challenge 2015 & PastBook Success

I knew 2015 was going to be a big year for me.  I was finishing my nurse practitioner degree program, oldest son was starting his last year in grade school, and I was turning 40.  I wanted to capture the year differently and not just by a few pages in a scrapbook.  I had a photographer friend who was challenging others to do a daily photo challenge. Challenge accepted. I was ready & starting on January 1st I took one picture each day on Instagram.

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