Summertime Happenings

July 31, 2014

It’s hard to believe that we’re only a little more than a month into summer. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m currently editing magazine articles about pumpkins and fall foliage (my favorites). Luckily I need only walk outside for Arizona to remind me of exactly where we are on the calendar. Nothing screams ’tis the season more than cookies […]

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Ireland, Day Four: Tralee and Killarney National Park

July 18, 2014

Previous recaps: Day One – Bunratty and Doonbeg Day Two – Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and Lahinch Day Three – Slea Head Drive, Beehive Huts, Dingle Peninsula and Killarney I swear I blinked and July was half over already. The summer is flying by as usual, and we’ve been having a lot of fun spending time […]

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Ireland, Day Three: Slea Head Drive, Beehive Huts, Dingle Peninsula and Killarney

July 2, 2014

Previous recaps: Day One – Bunratty and Doonbeg Day Two – Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and Lahinch Our third day in Ireland was one big scenic road trip, with Killarney as the final destination. We woke up early once again to grab breakfast from Doonbeg Lodge before we headed out. I started with a glass o’ […]

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Ireland, Day Two: Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and Lahinch

June 24, 2014

Previous recaps: Day One – Bunratty and Doonbeg I’ll probably end up saying this more than once, but our second morning in Ireland definitely ranks up there as one of my favorite parts of the trip. We woke up bright and early, pulling back the curtains to this view of the golf course we had played the previous afternoon. […]

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Ireland, Day One: Bunratty and Doonbeg

June 12, 2014

“You’re very welcome.” -A common way of saying “hello and welcome” in Ireland As some of you know or might have guessed, my most recent blogging break was due to a vacation that has been nearly six months in the making. Mama Bender, Papa Bender, Eric, Bobby and I had the chance to visit Ireland for 10 days. […]

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

May 31, 2014

**This post was originally scheduled to go up on Monday!** Last week I was tagged by Kristi to participate in the My Writing Process blog tour. Kristi is a fellow Phoenix blogger who shares my love of books and writing. She’s also an inspiring business owner! Thanks to this blog tour, we’ve realized that we live super […]

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Happenings (viii)

May 20, 2014

1. I turned 27 back on May 9. Similar to last year, part of my birthday weekend was spent in St. Louis, where I had the chance to spend some time with my Grandma Gige. We attended an early afternoon showing of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which was really good. I watched Ace Young’s […]

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Books in Review: April

May 1, 2014

Can it really be the fifth month of the year already? No complaints here! May is one of my favorites, and not just because it happens to be the month I was born. The air smells amazing, the sky is brighter and the temperature inside a sun-soaked car feels like a warm blanket rather than a sub-zero freezer or, in the case […]

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