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By     |    Jun 25, 2010
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Beadazzling Tiffany – A Grade School Clothing Drama

This interview of my super-smart (and comedic) friend Kris was something we put together to teach me how to use basic sound editing software to create a story, a la NPR. The fact that his story is absolutely hilarious and genuine is only slightly more important than the fact that it directly relates to one of my childhood idols, Tiffany, and a Six Flags concert in the 80’s. Also, it’s […]

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By     |    Jun 9, 2010
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Happiness Project for June: Cultivating Creativity

May’s happiness project felt really great. We really did create and enjoy many happy family memories–even our first trip to Iowa to visit my Dad. It’s funny how much it takes to go from wanting to do something to actually doing something, however. Here’s what I learned last month. There is no substitute for a bit of effort. Given all that I had going on (all of us do, always), […]

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Couched in Historical Terms?
By     |    May 31, 2010
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Couched in Historical Terms?

This post otherwise entitled, “Did we make the best yard saling find we’ve made in our lives? Or are we going to slowly descend into a spiral of depression, all from a blue sofa?” Obviously, take this post with a boulder of salt, as Nick and I need to keep reminding ourselves. But we are absolutely giddy at having scored, in our minds, possibly the ultimate yard saling find ever, […]

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Creating Family Traditions (April Fool’s Day, St. Patty’s Day and More)
By     |    May 16, 2010
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Creating Family Traditions (April Fool’s Day, St. Patty’s Day and More)

I have been looking for ways to create family traditions for our own little family unit, especially now that Benji is older. It’s definitely true that traditions are part of what define a family, so I wanted ours to be fun and throughout the year, instead of just at Christmastime. This kicked off for us this year with Valentine’s Day. Though Benjamin he only three, I wanted him to enjoy […]

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Hope Library in Kenya Book Drive – Win a $50 Target Gift Card!
By     |    May 11, 2010
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Hope Library in Kenya Book Drive – Win a $50 Target Gift Card!

I was lucky enough to attend TEDxAustin (due to my connection with work) back in February of this year and the talk that inspired me the most was the one that wife-and-husband team Christy and Turk Pipkin gave. As part of their nonprofit’s work to build Mahiga Hope High School in Kenya, they are launching a unique book drive that will make personal connections between people across America with students […]

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By     |    May 5, 2010
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Happiness Project for May

It’s May, which means I continue on my happiness quest one month wiser (or whatever); here are the three takeaways I have from last month. Don’t diss the incremental. Progress is progress. Even though I only made progress on two of my five critical success factors (CSFs) 20% of the days last month, the progress was still there and I officially moved out of the mode of “thinking about” into […]

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Have Toddler, Will Travel (Even Abroad!)
By     |    Apr 20, 2010
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Have Toddler, Will Travel (Even Abroad!)

Being somewhat fearless is definitely necessary to be a parent of a toddler. Taking that toddler on a trip, especially a long trip abroad or that requires a long plane flight, requires nerves of pure titanium (and some masochistic tendencies don’t hurt, either). We took our three year old, Benjamin, on a trip over the holidays that required two plane flights just to start our “real” travels, including one flight […]

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By     |    Apr 14, 2010
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Redheads Always Notice One Another and Other Ginger Truths

I am not sure if me writing about the actual state of being a redhead is tiresome to my readers, so if you are bored by the topic of a rare hair color, this post probably isn’t for you. (Though, frankly, you shouldn’t be surprised when a blog titled “SassyGinger” goes there!) If, however, you have red hair…or love someone with red hair (be they a partner or family member) […]

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By     |    Apr 3, 2010
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Happiness Project for April

So the Happiness Project is on! I’m sure it’s psychosomatic but the past few days also happened to be some of the best days I’ve had in a while, even though I was only able to mark “Yes” for some of my five CSFs (more about that later) each day. Still, the point of this whole thing is not to stress out, it’s to make me happy by keeping me focused on things […]

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By     |    Mar 24, 2010
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Plotting My Own “Happiness Project”

In 2009, I was lucky enough to hear Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, speak. As you might expect with a presentation titled “Delivering Happiness,” he spoke of finding meaning in lots of the typical (and, in many cases, typically vague) ways…”What could you do happily for the next 10 years, even if you never made a dime?” etc. During his talk, though, one thing in particular struck me instantly as […]

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