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‘Tis the season.

It started last week with Hallee.  A runny nose, slight cough.  No big deal, both of my kids get allergies this time of year.  Started her on the Claritin melts and called it good.  A few days later Maddy tells me her throat is scratchy and then her nose kicks in.  Again…no fever, nothing terrible, […]

Seasons of change.


With September almost here (I know, I’m so not ready for summer to end), I thought I’d give you a “back-to-the-land” update and tell you that I’m pretty well hooked on gardening…who knew?  I thought gardening was for other know…Aunt Bea/off the grid type people. But I have enjoyed this and learned so much.  The […]

Oh my God, Becky….

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So last week I decided that I was going to have a yard sale today.  (Saturday) The amount of clothes in my kid’s closets was becoming out of control.  My own closet was stuffed with clothes that no longer fit/were never going to fit again/needed to be cut loose from the herd.  And yard sales! I love yard […]

Forget winter, the teen years are coming.

Lurve that little smooshed face.

Child number 2 was born in 2002, right here in Bangor.  She was the happiest baby and toddler…charming, grinning, curious and a total hug-a-bug.  Girly-girl…always wanting a stack of bracelets, a swath of necklaces, every scarf I owned and had been introduced to french Vogue by her Auntie.  By the time she was 8 she […]

Will we be able to stay in Maine?


A few days ago, Dawn Gagnon wrote an article for the Bangor Daily News about a family with a 19 year old autistic son named Michael.  Michael, like my daughter Hallee, is autistic.  Michael’s parents are moving out of Maine in order to provide their son with the support and opportunities he needs that aren’t available […]

I had my child served with legal documents.

This is what it looks like to have your heart walking around outside of your body...this girl right here.

Did she break the law?  Join a biker gang and shoot up a parking lot down in Texas?  Leave wet towels on the floor too many times?  Nope, nothing like that.  She’s just turning 18 next month.  When you have a child with severe special needs and said kiddo turns 18 and becomes a legal adult in […]

Growing up is overrated.

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My 12 year old and I went to Bangor Comic & Toy Con this past weekend at the Cross Insurance Center and had so much fun!  So many expressive, creative & talented people sharing what they was really great.   Seeing Mad there (cosplaying Mabel Pines) and seeing all of the cool collectibles and artwork got me […]

Want to see what I found at Target last week?

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There was clearance everywhere at Target this past week.  I could have shopped every day of the week and still found great deals to bring home.  I started off with Tena pantyliners priced at $3.49 each.  Thru 3/21 the purchase of 2 triggered a $5 gift card.  I used (2) $2/1 printable coupons and paid […]

I found myself in a hairy situation.

Miss Thang getting her cookie making on.

Ask any parent of an autistic child about getting their kid’s hair cut and be ready for some epic eye-rolling, chest-clutching and possibly some weeping.  I’m sure that out there somewhere in the world, there’s an autistic kid who doesn’t mind getting their lid done, but I’ll be damned if I’ve ever met one. I […]

When secondhand becomes my second choice.

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Goodwill came into my life for the first time in 1997, when my oldest daughter Hallee was born.  I wanted a baby swing and got my doors blown off by the price at Toys R Us.  A neighborhood mom mentioned Goodwill and all of the great deals she got there and I immediately recoiled.  Eeewww…used stuff? […]