We’re all wearing war paint

Beautiful young fashion woman with military style clothing and face paint make-up, khaki colors, halloween celebration

I just can’t anymore. Every time I open up my computer or pull up something on my phone, it’s negative. There is constantly some sort of war. Mommy wars. Political wars. Blogging wars. ACTUAL wars. It’s too much. Is there a deserted island I can run off too? As much as I am grateful to be… [Read More]

Nice gets a bad rap

Marie Forleo Quote

I was scrolling through my inbox last week and a subject line caught my eye. It was a simple question but one that spoke volumes to me. Is Your Kindness Viewed As Weakness? I usually delete the emails from Marie Forleo (then why subscribe you ask? No idea) but instead I actually took the time to read… [Read More]

Life happens…and we just keep going.

beach and waves

I feel like I’ve been absent lately — from here, my online world. I think I have something to say and yet when I sit down to write, nothing happens. The cursor just blinks, mocking me. I stare at the empty page willing the words to pour out of me. They don’t. There’s been a… [Read More]

House Projects May Be the Death of Me

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We’ve been in our house almost ten years. It sort of baffles my mind that it’s been that long. When we moved in, I was SO happy. Our house was beautiful, open and had so much potential. I still love our house, but after ten years there are changes I want to make. I want… [Read More]

It’s a new year and I’m going with it.

just be

Having a birthday at the beginning of a new year is like a breath of fresh air. I’m ready for new. I’m been cleaning and purging, trying to get rid of all the junk that seems to accumulate with abandon in my house. I’ve also spent the last few days sporadically trying to plan for… [Read More]

Top Ten Things I Love About North Carolina


After living in New England for five years, I can’t help but compare it to my home in NC. Moving back to the South has been a harder transition than I anticipated. The mild summer was so much better than the sweltering heat that local people say isn’t that bad… OMG. It is. It gets… [Read More]

Moving away does not mean moving on


West Hartford, CT will always have a special place in my heart. Leaving this town and the community that lives within is way harder than I ever imagined.  The Neal family will be moving back to North Carolina this summer. We will be closer to our family and we will have friends near us that we have known for the majority of… [Read More]

Indoor Activities for Kids – Get Up and Get Movin’!

5 Indoor Activities for Kids

We all want our kids to be healthy, and we’ve heard the basic, run-of-the-mill suggestions a million times. Get your kids active, provide healthy snacks, model healthy behavior etc., but let’s get real. How do you come up with good indoor activities for kids? Sometimes, when it’s 28 degrees outside, you’ve run a ton of… [Read More]