Introvert Exhaustion

October 25, 2017

I've been gone a while.  I needed to do some major reprioritizing in my life. And I can't do that if I'm continuing to do all of the things I have decided I will do. So I left. But I'm back. I think. This is a long one so hang with me here. I like […]

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7 Ways to Help Hurricane Victims

September 19, 2017

(Family Features) Natural disasters come in multiple forms and can quickly devastate many lives in a matter of moments. While they all can cause nightmares for those affected, few are as powerful and destructive as hurricanes. That’s why, when hurricanes make landfall and wreak havoc, help is immediately needed and accepted by the people and […]

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What every woman wants from a man – the grown up version

July 19, 2017

I was browsing Pinterest for wedding ideas and ran across this graphic. And I felt an intense need to clarify completely rewrite it. While this list may have been relevant when I was about 13 or 14 years old, it just seems ridiculous and silly, for the most part, now. So, let's grow this up […]

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How Rural Women Can Make an Impact

May 23, 2017

(Family Features) For hundreds of years, women have been a key pillar of the agriculture industry, accounting for one-third of the country’s farmers according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. While not always thought of in a traditional “farmer” role, women make an impact in the industry and in helping feed the rapidly growing global […]

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40 lessons I’ve learned in 40 years

April 7, 2017

Today I turn 40. I have earned every single one of those years so I'm claiming all of them.  I hope I've learned some valuable lessons along the way. 1. Don't give up on your dreams It is good to dream. And dream big. Don't listen to any of the lies you will hear when […]

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I love my job – and how you can love your job

April 3, 2017

I love my job. I truly do. Just about two years ago I took over as the Managing Editor for my local weekly newspaper. 1. I am a writer. I have wanted to be a writer since I was 6 years old. I didn't always have my sights set on journalism. That just kind of […]

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Responding to tragedy and hate

June 30, 2016

Whenever there is a massive tragedy such as the one in Orlando, I’m always at a loss of how to feel. When the planes hit the Twin Towers on 9/11, my coworkers and I spent the next few days in a haze, watching the television, not talking, just staring. We would pass each other in […]

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Addiction is a serious problem, but there is hope

April 14, 2016

It’s Spring. And that means my allergies are about to drive me batty. I get a news release every other day about some allergen that is at dangerously high alert levels. In fact, I’m not so sure it’s still allergies anymore. It may have moved on to consumption. Last night when I was at the […]

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When it comes to guns, how young is too young?

March 1, 2016

Recently there was a series of shootings along a highway near my hometown. It's a highway many of us travel several times a week because it is the way "to town." Most of the shootings were at Wal-Mart trucks or other semis, but some cars were shot as well. One of the cars that was […]

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From the Headlines: Joe the Missionary

January 26, 2016
Joe Skiatook (15)

This past week I met Joe. Well, I didn't actually meet Joe. I met him in the spring of 2015 when I wrote an article about him after he was honored for being a Vietnam Veteran. But I learned something new about Joe. Joe is one of those people I run into regularly in town. […]

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The culture of being offended

January 21, 2016

It seems like everywhere I look these days, people are offended by something.   People are offended by anything that doesn’t support their life view. They are offended by other religions. They are offended by food offered in school cafeterias. They are offended by what other people look like. They are offended by sports team […]

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Family is not an easy concept

December 9, 2015

Family may seem like a simple concept, but it isn’t.   Traditionally, we think of family as parents, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. The Census Bureau's definition of "family" remains traditional: "A family is a group of two people or more (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing […]

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Starbucks Cups, Really?

November 9, 2015

If you haven't been on the Internet in the past couple days, you are supposed to be MAD about the holiday cups Starbucks will use this year. That's them. Are you mad yet? Confused? It all started with this Facebook post from Joshua Feuerstein an Arizona-based pastor (really?) that quickly went viral, racking up millions upon millions of […]

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That time a TV show theme song made me sad

September 30, 2015

Often, the things that cause us to have an emotional reaction are things we least expect and aren’t prepared for.   Last night I sat down for some much deserved relaxing time after the boys went to bed. The house was completely still and quiet. A swift breeze was blowing outside bringing in a cold […]

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We Survived Another School Year

May 20, 2015

We have survived another year of school. This year was another year of lots of changes. I’m continually amazed by the resilience of these boys. They live live with a grace and ease I wish I had. They changed schools in the middle of the year. Accepted that our family grew. Lost a beloved pet. […]

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30 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in 38 Years

April 7, 2015

Today I turn 38. I have earned every single one of those years so I’m claiming all of them.  I hope I’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way. 1. Don’t give up on your dreams It is good to dream. And dream big. Don’t listen to any of the lies you will hear when […]

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Why I’m Not an April Fool’s Day Fan

April 1, 2015

I am not a fan of April Fool’s Day. I’m not a fan of pranks in general. I know. I’m no fun. But here is the gist of it. No matter how good-natured you think your prank or idea is, someone has to be the butt of the joke – the fool. I don’t want […]

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Free Speech or Hate Speech at the University of Oklahoma

March 10, 2015

Since I am an alumni of the University of Oklahoma, I have been asked my opinion quite a bit lately about the recent video of fraternity members making racist comments. While I do not agree at all with what was said, I believe those students have a right to express their opinion. I think the […]

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The One Where I Think About Old Age

March 3, 2015
GranLois, Dylan, Christopher

Last week we moved my grandmother into a nursing home. This was not an easy decision nor was it easy for anyone involved. My grandmother is mad. She is 90 years old and in late stage dementia. Which means this decision my parents made to move her from her home 5 hours away to the […]

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Planning a Healthy Pregnancy with parentPRO

September 21, 2014

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and OSDH blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. It doesn’t matter if your pregnancy is planned or not, as soon as the pregnancy test comes back positive, all sorts of things start going through your head. I’m too young. I’m too old. […]

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I’m a Fighter

September 16, 2014

These last few weeks have sucker punched me a couple of times. I’ve been knocked down, I’ve been thrown off-balance. But I didn’t realize quite how much until today. I took stock of little things that I have done lately that are a bit off character. Took notice of my Spotify playlist for the past […]

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50 Things About Me

September 12, 2014
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A Little Bit of Everything TAG

September 10, 2014

Want to know a little more about me? Check out this video!

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Lindsey Vlogs Rental Bedroom Organization plus Cats with Balloons

September 3, 2014
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Vlog: First Day of School, Samson Attacks, TJ Maxx Haul

August 27, 2014
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MyTube TAG

August 22, 2014

Ever wonder why I started YouTube? What does Dishwater Dreams mean anyway? Watch and find out!  

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Growing Up is Hard to Do – Reflections on the First Day of School

August 20, 2014
First Day of School

School started for my boys today. Christopher is now in 4th grade while Dylan steps into 1st. Summer break is officially over. And I’m not ready. I know most parents do a dance of joy when school starts back up, and I probably should to. I work full time and summer means an extra burden […]

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What’s Vlogging Got to Do With It?

August 20, 2014

This is our first adventure in vlogging. We started doing it basically because they boys thought it would be fun and a good idea. So, here it is. Enjoy!

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What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

August 7, 2014
Playing Yatzee Ft. Morgan AL

I got to go on vacation for this first time in a very long time this year thanks to my parents, who took the whole fam to the beach. I am one of those people who is busy. I am always doing something, never bored. We just go and go and then go some more. […]

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Secret Diary of a YouTuber TAG

August 4, 2014
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Hobby Lobby and the Supreme Court – It’s Not Over Yet

July 1, 2014
Liberation Parade

I don’t think this battle is over. Far from it. But I think we need to keep fighting.

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My Heros Keep Dying

May 28, 2014

In 2010 I lost Ai. In 2012 Adrienne. Now I’ve lost Maya. My heros keep dying. And I know that tonight I will surround myself With their words, the parts of them that live on And I will cry tears that have no words. These women, my inspiration, my forefathers, foremothers, worked and bled and […]

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It’s Time to Graduate

May 19, 2014

It’s that time of year. Graduations. I have two friends who have sons graduating from high school. They are handling it with much more peace and grace that I will I’m sure. Of course their kids are also not going far to college so that helps. Dylan is graduating from kindergarten. So far, I am […]

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20 Question TAG

May 7, 2014

Everything you ever wanted to know about me. Or at least 20 things.

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At the Moment

April 25, 2014

Reading: Fallen Beauty and Undaunted Listening to: I am stuck on Painkiller by Three Days Grace, Heaven Knows by The Pretty Reckless, Come with Me Now by KONGOS, Fall in Love by Phantogram, and Tempest by Deftones. Watching: I am working my way through CSI:NY on Netflix and season 3 of Dance Academy. Wearing: I […]

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Big Fat Failure

April 21, 2014

Today is one of those days where I feel like a big fat failure. My usually optimistic, we can do it attitude is just tired. I’m tired. Most days I do feel optimistic and happy. But today I look at my children and can’t seem to look past all of the ways I disappoint them. […]

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