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  1. If we ever swap, I will find a way to get that George Clooney photo in again!
    The photo of Scar is so beautiful. I feel like him a lot – like I have that side.
    The name Teronis still cracks me up.
    Tris is a beauty.
    I can’t help thinking about what you said about how you are competitive. I think my husband is like that and he’s often right about what he can do better. And all I could think was you thinking, “I can read ‘Me Before You’ better than Tamara!”
    Obviously you wouldn’t think that but if you did, it would be true! I still have nightmares..

    • 4/28/2014
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      I updated that picture…fixed my neck angle, it’s way better now! I am not competitive about books, that made me laugh out loud! I didn’t expect the book to end as it did. Well, not completely. Thanks for the recommendation, based on the cover alone – I never would have picked it up. And that would have been my loss.

  2. Mikki
    4/25/2014
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    Loved reading the bits about your kids- you are spot on with them!! and to all Stephs’ readers- Yes- she is QUITE competitive- but mostly in a great way! I think it is what keep her striving to be a better writer and friend and she is doing one heck of a job!

    • 4/28/2014
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      Thanks Mik! It’s tough to write out what exactly it is that makes a person competitive, but I definitely know it’s there. So do you!

    • 4/28/2014
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      Yes, me too. I’ve never been but after my sister went last year I thought…I just may need to do this.

  3. 4/25/2014
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    I totally read Me Before You, too and I am so glad I did, but I to have been slacking on the reading the past two weeks with work and life in general getting in the way. Also, I did 1 Snap a Day photos last year an admit that about August, I too gave up posting daily and just couldn’t keep up. I do still take photos, but I post more on Instagram when I can and have time to share now :)

    • 4/28/2014
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      At least you made it to August. I felt bad about not following through but it does take a lot of work. I think I would do it through instagram next time. If there is a next time.

  4. 4/25/2014
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    What a fun post! I love the info about your kids… they seem so sweet!

    • 4/28/2014
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      Thank you. They are – most of the time! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. 4/25/2014
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    Happy Friday! I am the same way when it comes to trying to figure stuff out…I’m not trying to be better than you but more like better than myself. I always want to see how good I can make something. I admit sometimes I annoy myself…LOL

    I too read until I doze off…it’s so relaxing but you’re right when it’s a really good book it can lead to an all nighter. LOL

    • 4/28/2014
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      I annoy myself, too. There is always something where I think, “I would have done xxx” it can be both inspiring and infuriating.

    • 4/28/2014
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      Thank you Marcia, I appreciate all of that!! And I’m partial but I think they beautiful, too.

  6. 4/25/2014
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    Oh Stephanie, loved your answers! Love the descriptions of the kids! I trade music with my oldest quite often, and I love it…he has given me some great tunes over the years. I love your R & B selections, too…Give Up the Funk is awesome! Your dream house sounds amazing…I definitely dream of sandy beaches…I also love the no bugs in your dream…amen to that! LOL! It is sometimes difficult to put your heart out there, but I am finding that this amazing group of ladies that I have come across are nothing but supportive and full of love! Hope you have an amazing weekend!

    • 4/28/2014
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      Thank you Stacey. I agree with you about finding that support group – that makes it a whole lot easier.

  7. 4/26/2014
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    My son can be stubborn and would always go for whatever he wants. I mean he’s just 3, it can change when he grows up anyway. I hope, LOL. And I’m exactly like that too, stubborn in so many ways. Hah! I love your Project 365 photos! And your dream home idea sounds really interesting too.

    • 4/28/2014
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      Thank you Rea. The best part (and the hardest, too) about kids is that they are always changing. Sometimes the days feel so long and then before you know it six months have gone by and they are doing something completely different.

  8. Too funny. I read ‘Me Before You’ based on Tamara’s recommendation, along with a few other bloggers. Talk about a tearjerker!

    Loved learning more about you and your family!

    • 4/28/2014
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      It was an awful tearjerker. The whole ending – I thought I was going to wake Greg up sniffing and blowing my nose!

  9. The Dose of Reality
    4/26/2014
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    I love, love, LOVE your song choice! If that makes me old-school…SO BE IT!
    Your sea bass recipe made MY mouth water, too. Anything with capers is always good. It just always works that way! (and I ADORE the names your kids picked for the blog. They are awesome!) –Lisa Ps. Wherever George Clooney lives…BWAAHAHAHAHA

    • 4/28/2014
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      Thanks Lisa, I’m glad you got a kick out of that. I laughed when I wrote it. Yes, I just admitted to cracking myself up.

  10. 4/27/2014
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    My girls are like three college dudes when it comes to eating and general tidiness. I think they get that from me. A dream home would have been a small cabin in the mountains with a Diet Coke fountain and Ingrid Michaelson.

    • 4/28/2014
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      That’s pretty funny. I didn’t even think to go the tidiness route but I could have had a field day. I also would have embarrassed all of us so I’m glad I didn’t.

  11. Yummy cocktail suggestions! I’m in a rut of almost always ordering a 7&7 if I’m out, but have been looking for a new idea. Something not too sweet and not with vodka. Might have to try this one!
    Loved your thoughtful answers about your kids!
    And I read the same way – sometimes get frustrated that it takes me so long to finish a book because I keep falling asleep a few pages in every night!!
    Have a great week!!

    • 4/28/2014
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      I’m similar when I’m out – I have a tough time. I find Sapphire & Soda splash tonic, slices lemon and lime is good. Light and not sweet. Or Hendricks or Tanqueray with same mixers. Unlike most, gin makes me happy. No vodka, huh? Now I’m intrigued.

  12. I am just like you, I read right before bedtime. I started reading about a year ago because I needed a few more hobbies. I downloaded the Kindle and Nook app on my phone and downloaded a bunch of free books. I love being able to read in the dark.

    • 4/28/2014
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      Me, too. I used to have to use a flashlight – this tablet thing has that WAY beat. Plus flashlights are kid magnets so I was constantly searching when I wanted to go to bed. Then I’d be angry and not exactly ready to relax anymore. You may know about it already but you might light BookBub – daily emails of free and really inexpensive books.

  13. This was awesome! I’m like you with recipes…I am always thinking how I can improve them and I get frustrated if I get something in a restaurant that I know I can make better. I will never be able to make a cocktail better though…I will just call you. I saw George Clooney got engaged and my first thought was, “does Steph know?” Hahaha

    • 4/28/2014
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      Hahaha! I must have had a premonition – I haven’t used that pic in a while. I did update it though and it’s way better. As for recipes: I also won’t order something (generally chicken or a pasta) that we make or could make easily at home. That just seems like a waste of a good meal out.

  14. 4/28/2014
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    You must have been crushed by the news of George’s engagement – hope you didn’t take it too hard! And making something better than a restaurant does it? That has never occurred to me. Ever. But I’ll use your recipes anytime!

    • 4/29/2014
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      I guess I could have been crushed, you know, if I was really crazy about him. The whole thing – picture, etc, – just makes me laugh. I was learning a new editing program when I did that picture several years ago and you’d be amazed at how appropriate it can be. I will not take credit for the cooking portion of our meals (I can, I’m just messy about it) but Greg is amazing at pulling the ingredients together – I tell him what to do, he does it. Win-win.

  15. How fun was this to read! Your kids are so precious. I can totally see what you mean about finding things your kids do that are like you that you dislike or like. I’m still figuring it all out with our 2 year old. Respect is a very important thing. It’s to the point where people feel sometimes if you have strong beliefs that you will misjudge them or condemn them. I just do my best to conduct myself in the right way so people can see that I’m different regardless if someone is “deserving” of mistreatment or not :) Thanks so much for stopping by at my place to read about the Spring Feasts we celebrated! I hope you’re enjoying your week :)

    • 4/29/2014
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      You too, Brittnei! Thank you for stopping here, looking forward to getting to know you better!

  16. 4/30/2014
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    My daughter does that with the details thing. She’s 15 though, and really, really immature for her age. She still tells me she’s a cat at least 10 times a day. Not sure if I should start worrying but I guess it’s better to be sweet and naive at 15 than jaded and cynical.

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