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Gaga, you’re here! I prayed for you and you’re well and you’re here! Thank you, Jesus!

This is what Muffin Head, my 3 year old niece, joyfully yelled as she saw my mom upon arrival in Florida this afternoon. This is the first significant of what we hope to be MANY trips for mom. I’m incredibly thankful that we’ll all be together to celebrate Easter this year and I can’t wait to get there on Friday.

Cherry Cherry!

What a happy and beautiful weekend we were greeted with in our Nations Capital! There’s simply no need to go into detail since a picture is worth a thousand words…or six pictures…whatever.

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wow, 31 is a great year for you, huh? So having a boyfriend, or any man that is actually interested in your desperate self is enough to negate your mother getting a diagnosis of CANCER? You really are special.

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NAILED IT!

Why are so many people so mean to you?

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Why are people mean? Here’s the short answer: They’re hurt. Here’s the long answer: They’re really hurt. At some point, somebody—their parents, their lovers, Lady Luck—did them dirty. They were crushed. And they’re still afraid the pain will never stop, or that it will happen again.

That excerpt was taken from Martha Beck’s article and I agree with her (um…and it’s on Oprah’s website so it’s true. Obviously).

Why are they mean to me specifically? I don’t know. I do my best to brush it off and move forward but I’d be lying if I said that weren’t easier said than done. I prefer to pay attention to all the wonderful people in my life (friends IRL and the internet alike). When someone says/writes something rude, I consider the source and continue on my way because there’s no sense in wasting time and energy on negativity. 

I’m not everyone’s cup of tea and that’s okay.

But don’t say $#%T about my mom or my dog.

You have used the term "awesome" on this guy more than once now. Did you run this by your father?- avid blog reader.

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Haha…you, avid blog reader, must know me IRL…

For those of you who don’t know me IRL, you should know that my father believes that you can only say AWESOME up to seven times in your life and genuinely mean it. The eighth time and thereafter only cheapens the value of the adjective. 

I haven’t broached the use of the word as it applies to this new guy but I’m certain he wouldn’t take issue with me using the descriptive excessively. He’s already passed the dad (and mom…and dog, for what it’s worth) test so I’m not too worried about it. 

What a pretty scarf!!!!

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Thanks! I know it’s not technically a question but…

I can only assume that you mean THIS ONE! Or maybe it was THIS ONEEither way, they’re both Acacia Scarves for purchase on Etsy (by Jaclyn Day). I love both of them…and you should read her blog too because she’s one of those funny, smart, and relateable bloggers who you want to be friends with. 

Non tumblr reader here. Just want to know what your hair secret is - honestly it looks awesome always. Tell me everything about cut, color, highlights, products. Anything! (And I hope you're mom is feeling good!)

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MY HAIR IS FULL OF SECRETS…(sorry, couldn’t help myself). 

Most Importantly: I don’t wash it. I limited the suds to 2-3 times p/week (depends on how much and how intense my workouts are). In between washes, I swear by Drybar Detox dry shampoo. It’s a life changer and I can’t live with out it. Note: if you’re a wash your hair everyday person, it will take some time to train your hair to do dirty well. Patience Grasshopper…you’ll get there!

Products: I’ve been using Living Proof No Frizz shampoo and conditioner but if I’m being honest - I pretty much made that purchase because Jennifer Aniston endorses them. I’m not married to the line and would be happy with just about anything that gets it clean (preferably sulfate free). I am, however, married to both Living Proof Satin and Bumble & Bumble Defrizz serums and switch between them every so often (the only swing relationship I’ll ever be in). In the summer I use Josie Marin Argan Mist for beach-like waves and texture. My hair dryer go-to is the older version of this T3 Featherweight and I use this medium round brush. Finally, I use a 1” barrel Hot Tools curling iron and had been applying the Lo Bosworth  Hair Curling technique long before anyone knew who Lo Bosworth was. Side note: I really miss The Hills.

Cut & Color: I’ve been seeing the same stylist, Helayna (aka Sugar), for the almost 10 years I’ve lived in NYC. I trust her, she won’t allow me to do anything crazy with it, and her prices are phenomenal (especially when you compare them to the prices at salons like Bumble & Bumble and Fekkai). She’s funny, reliable, and they serve you wine while your color sets…what’s not to love? She’s in a secret little gem of a salon and you should call her at (212) 971-0944.

Thanks for the compliment! It looks like I’ve only shared pictures on good hair days so just you wait until the heat & humidity make an appearance. These locks won’t be pretty - and certainly not awesome!

Finally, and far more important than my hair…my mom has been feeling REALLY great this week! YAY! Thanks for the sweet thoughts!

Make A Wish…

My mom always went to great lengths to make sure our birthdays were special when we were growing up (still does!). I was lucky enough to be able to throw her a little celebration since she was feeling well enough to come into the city yesterday. It was last minute but I’m so thankful that we could be together to ring in her 64th year.We’ll take cake and conversation over chemo any day of the week!

Happy Birthday, Mom…we have many more to celebrate so keep your amazing spirits up and have faith that God’s plan is the best plan!

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Silly mama…

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Pretty colors and a posing puppy…

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Total party animals…

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Hooray for cupcakes!

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Happy Birthday to You…

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Fuzzy picture but i’ll take it (and thanks ANNA for being the only one quick and smart enough to take a pic of the three of us!).

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Happy Birthday Pretty Mama! Celebrating with some classics this evening: cake, pizza, and some sweet sweet friends!

Happy Birthday Pretty Mama! Celebrating with some classics this evening: cake, pizza, and some sweet sweet friends!

Xan-Man was not thrilled with his new (too small for him so going back) rain slicker. I hate dressing the Buddy in dog attire but rain, man. Desperate times…

Xan-Man was not thrilled with his new (too small for him so going back) rain slicker. I hate dressing the Buddy in dog attire but rain, man. Desperate times…