Happy New Year 2017

You know what? For me, 2016 was flippin’ awesome. I have no New Year’s resolution. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing into next year — and the next decade, and all the ones after that. I don’t need a new page on a calendar to suddenly decide to improve or change my ways. Every single day I wake up I make the decision to do better than the day before. May 23rd or August 3rd or February 18th. All the same. Better than the day before. Try it. It’s fun and WAY less stressful. *** Keep...

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I Love You… I Know

I have no words. Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60. She, and the most notable character she played, Princess Leia (and then GENERAL Organa) have had an immeasurable impact on my life. Star Wars “A New Hope” was released in the United States on May 25, 1977. I had *just* turned six years old. My babysitter took me to see the movie **26 consecutive** Wednesday afternoons. It was only on that afternoon that the theater offered $0.50 movies. The theater was air-conditioned – and my apartment wasn’t – so we went to the movies. To date,...

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What I Did This Summer – 2016 Edition

Just like that, it’s September! Labor Day snuck up on me along with back-to-school for the kids. Where did the summer go? One day it is blistering hot outside and the very next we need sweaters and have an overabundance of pumpkin spice lattes (and fall allergies.) I would demand a do-over but I know a second chance would have the same results as the first. As a typical mom, the important thing was that the kids had a blast. As a typical business owner, the important thing was work got done. For me, it felt that much of...

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Bring Your Kid To Work Day 2016

As a the founder of a family-owned small business as well as a parent, I feel it is vital that children be allowed to see up close what it takes to not only run a company but integrate it within a family. As you can see from the photo, I kept both my kids quite busy for the day!

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Old Navy Spring Dress Haul

I can’t resist a great deal, especially on an item that I wear or use constantly. Last year I picked up two spring dresses from Old Navy and they quickly became my ‘go to’ outfit for warm spring days and most of the summer.

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L’Oreal Ever Cleansing Balm Review

I know you aren’t supposed to wash your hair every day but I go to the gym and NEED to wash my hair every day. Before I the elliptical took over my mornings it was easy to go two or three days without shampooing but that’s just not possible anymore.

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Keep Calm and Drive a Mustang

Sometimes life just hands you a cool opportunity. This is one of them. Ford Motor Company contacted me and asked if I’d like to take a Ford Mustang for a spin for a few days. I couldn’t respond “HECK YEAH!” fast enough!

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The Life and Death of a Hobby

Over a decade ago, long before this blog, I owned a retail store that specialized in paper arts and scrapbooking. Part of that business was a wholesale division that made custom laser cut embellishments. I would sell to my own customers and fill orders for other stores across the country. The machine I purchased to manufacture these embellishments was $12,000. Yes. Twelve thousand dollars. Just to cut designs in paper.

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Happy 10 Year Anniversary Lynette Radio

It’s not quite 10 years yet – that comes in June – but I just realized today that my blog here is a decade old. I’ve had blogs before this one that are lost to Archive.org now (trust me, it’s for the best.) My oldest blog was hand-coded and existed because of my first dog. Before that my mark online was made with Prodigy and CompuServe and ICQ channels and private BBS boards. This blog and I have been through a LOT of stuff. This site is full of MySpace, Second Life, Flickr, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat....

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 31 BONUS

Today I am thankful for next year. Not everyone gets a ‘next year’ and I’m not guaranteed one myself. 2016 is a chance to do more, do less, purge, love, regret, celebrate, mourn… but above all else it is a year to LIVE. I turn 45 next year. I don’t know what that means for me yet I only know I’m thankful as hell to be able to get there....

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 30

Today I am thankful for my creative outlets. Reading. Writing (sometimes.) Paper crafts. Creating things has always been at the core of my personality. To balance the head-work of my career and business I often want to turn to things that I can do with my hands. I’m very driven by audio and visuals (hence my businesses was a retail scrapbook and paper arts store… and my love of and history with podcasting.) There is only so much work I can accomplish thinking in my head or typing on a computer. DOING is better for me. I have a...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 29

Today I am thankful for my robe and house slippers. WHAT!? Superficial again, yes. I love bare feet in the sand but not so much in my home. I’m a sucker for comfort and my robe and slippers represent that especially in the dead of winter. As much as I love to be out-and-about winter is the time for me that I’m indoors and craving the idea of comfort and family. My mom is a ‘slipper and robe addict’ same as me – that must be where I get it from!!...

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