Re-Entry & Recovery #CoffeeTalk


I took that photo from my car yesterday. (Yes, I was parked.) It occurred to me that it’s so easy to become entranced with exotic vacation destinations, but sometimes the best views are in your own backyard. In other words, it is good to be home!

I’m on Day 5 of the dizzy. Actually, it’s more like imbalanced. I feel like I’m swaying even when I’m sitting still.

I saw the doctor and they gave me meds, but they’re not doing much for me. I think it’s just gonna have to run its course. It makes me feel like everything is in slow-mo, which doesn’t do much for my productivity.

On a more positive note, I saw my orthopedist yesterday and he gave me the all-clear to kick the medical boot to the curb…

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Daily Mom Style Costa Rica Edition


It’s also another smartphone edition since I didn’t bring my “good” camera to Costa Rica. In case you’re not up to date on my jet-set schedule, I was in Costa Rica for 5 days last week for a conference. SUCH an amazing trip! I have shared some about it already, and I plan to write dedicated…

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Breakfast Night: Banana Waffles with Peanut Butter Syrup


September is National Breakfast Month so I am slipping this post in just under the wire! This is the first of five recipes I will be creating in partnership with Krusteaz using their new gluten-free baking mixes, and you guys! These waffles are AMAZING. They asked me to create a recipe with the Krusteaz Gluten Free Buttermilk…

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My 5-Minute Face #BeautyBuzz

5 minute makeup

I used to be the type of girl that would never leave the house without her face on, but those days are l-o-o-o-o-ng gone. In fact, right now as I update this post, I am not wearing a stitch of makeup. Zilch. Nada. It’s not pretty, but some days it just doesn’t happen. I make an…

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Just Jo-Lynne Shane

coffee and mums

As trite as it may be, there is indeed no place like home. I landed in here at 1am last night. Everything went beautifully with our flights yesterday (praise the Lord!!) and I took this one last photo of Costa Rica out of my airplane window. I adore how wild and untouched the countryside is….

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Real Food Recipe Roundup Week 26

Real Food Recipe Meal Plan with Links (4)

Welcome to the Real Food Recipe Roundup, a collaboration between Musings of a Housewife and Sassy Moms in the City! Both Allison and I are in Costa Rica this weekend, but we both planned ahead, knowing how important a meal plan will be to our sanity when we get home after being gone for five…

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On the plane again . . .


Today’s the day I say good-bye to Costa Rica and officially check international travel off my Life List. I’m ready. Isn’t it always the way? Yesterday I was sad to think of leaving but this morning I can’t get on that plane fast enough. My digestive system is in upheaval. I wasn’t able to stick to strictly…

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Earthquakes, Killer Grasshoppers & Catamarans #CoffeeTalk


I’ve missed writing my daily Coffee Talk posts, but there simply hasn’t been time. Since I set foot on the ground in Costa Rica, I haven’t had a spare moment to write. Any spare time I’ve had, I’ve wanted to spend soaking up this wild and beautiful country… or catching up on sleep. Although admittedly, I’ve…

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What to Pack for a Tropical Vacation #FashionFriday

What to Pack for a Tropical Vacation

Since I’m in Costa Rica this week, I thought it would be appropriate (AND FUN!) to discuss what to pack for a tropical vacation. Unfortunately, I haven’t had many of those, but my friend Kristin is the queen of tropical vacation style so I asked her if she would guest post for me today and share…

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20 Non-Candy Halloween Treats

20 non-candy halloween treats

I posted this last year and it was a big hit so I thought it was a good time to republish. I’m not totally anti-candy. The stash of Reese’s Pumpkins under my desk is a dead giveaway. But kids get SO much during the holidays that I like to give some no-candy treat options in my Halloween…

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Not all superheroes wear a cape.


As women, we all have a lot on our plates. I think it’s built into our genetic makeup to take on more than we can handle. Some of us deal with the pressure better than others, but I for one have learned that in order to preserve my sanity I have to limit my commitments. I…

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Hello from the Friendly Skies! #CoffeeTalk

air travel outfit

This in-flight Wifi is my new best friend. HOW did I never use this before? I really should be finalizing a few posts that I have planned over the next few days, but it’s more fun to chat with you. So this Costa Rica trip is a work-cation of sorts. It’s a retreat for serious…

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Fashion Over 40 | Daily Mom Style 09.24.14


You’ll have to forgive the quality of this week’s photos. I took most of them from my hotel room in Seattle with my smartphone, and the lighting was not conducive. You’ll see what I mean. But fortunately, I have a few that I took before I left. I wore this first outfit one day last week to work…

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I Came, I Saw, I Ate. with the Krusteaz #Bakers13

cooking in the krusteaz kitchen

So before I head off for my next trip, I wanted to tell you about the International Food Bloggers Conference and my tour of the Krusteaz HQ. I’ve never been to a food blogging conference before. I generally identify more with the mom blogger crowd and most of the blogging conferences I’ve attended have been…

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Easy DIY 80s Halloween Costume


Last year my younger daughter and her friend dressed up as “80s girls” for Halloween. I thought this idea was brilliant. I’m still getting used to the fact that the decade I grew up in is now considered retro and costume-worthy, but whatever. I guess that’s what happens after 40! If you’re looking for a…

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I Might Be Breaking Up With My Mascara #BeautyBuzz

Benefit They're Real! Mascara

I’m always vocal about how much I adore my Lancome mascara. I’ve been loyal to the brand since I was in high school. That’s a LONG TIME, people! I’m not even sure I can do the math without a calculator. But I’ve found a mascara that might just get me to break up with my…

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