#38 of All the Things-Fish In A Tree

Hi everybody, I have this one post ready to go and then, I’m actually going to take a longer break than I anticipated.  I’ve gotten a promotion at work but still working part of my old position until we hire and train whoever will take over.  Things are kind of crazy, I’m learning lots, working extra, and feeling some pressure so the blog will have to go to the back burner until I can think straight again.  I hope you all are doing well!  Until then, enjoy this great book with a kid in your life.



How can a smart and talented kid think that she’s a loser or slow? When somebody has trouble reading or writing, it can surely be a challenge and can cause all kinds of problems.  A Fish In a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt is a powerful story about a girl named Ally as she fights her way from school to school until finally in 6th grade, her struggles come to a head.  An extradordinary teacher and a couple of kids turn into allies and together they change the dynamic in the classroom as Ally’s life changes for the better.  It’s an inspiring story for all who have ever struggled to feel like they belong.   Continue reading “#38 of All the Things-Fish In A Tree”

#32 of All the Things- Broadcasting Happiness


We are all broadcasters.  We are projecting out into the world our thoughts and feelings, even when we aren’t saying a word.  Did you know that the world is actually safer than it’s ever been?  Our constant access to media skews our thinking and makes the world appear to be much darker and dangerous than it actually is.  I used to think that the only answer was to hide from the news and to stay uninformed because it was all so depressing.  I recently listened to a book on Audible called Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change by Michelle Gielan and I’m so happy that I did.    Continue reading “#32 of All the Things- Broadcasting Happiness”

#25 of All the Things- You Are Here


*This blog post was a big fat fail.  A couple of weeks ago I was trying to schedule this post for today and accidently hit publish.  (Any of you bloggers done that before?) I changed it right away to the correct day but of course it was sent out via email to all my email followers.  So, yes, this a post you’ve already seen  before.  But, I decided to add something new on the bottom so that it wouldn’t be the exact same post that you’ve already seen.  Jenny has a great blog so I decided to find some of my FAVORITE blog posts of hers and post the links so you can laugh along with me.  Thanks for be patient even while I make mistakes!

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It’s no secret that I adore Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) and her newest book, You Are Here does not disappoint!  It’s part inappropriate self-help and part beautiful coloring book.  It takes you on a tour of Jenny’s sometimes broken but mostly amazing mind. Continue reading “#25 of All the Things- You Are Here”

#23 of All the Things- Smart Money Smart Kids


Money is a complicated subject and can be so overwhelming.  Especially if we feel like we don’t have enough! Wouldn’t it have been great if you were taught about money as a kid?  How awesome would it be to have development good money habits from a young age?  If your parents taught you good money skills, good for you and good for them!  More often than not, I think that wasn’t the case, though.  My husband and I were overwhelmed and in debt and found Dave Ramsey (see #15 of All the Things) and I’m proud to say our new money attitude has helped us turn our finances around!  Now, I want to change my family tree and teach my kids how to handle money.  The book Smart Kids Smart Money; Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze is helping me do just that. Continue reading “#23 of All the Things- Smart Money Smart Kids”

#16 of All the Things- Half a Chance


I love reading books to my kids.  Even though they are old enough to read to themselves, my husband and I take turns reading books to the girls and we like how we can talk about them and look up words together.  It’s really fun now that they are 9 and 12 years old, because we can pick better books! Recently I read a book called Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord that we really enjoyed.  Continue reading “#16 of All the Things- Half a Chance”

#15 of All the Things-Dave Ramsey


“Stop spending money like you’re in congress”  is my favorite quote by Dave Ramsey.  With the help of his baby step program and the daily motivation that I get from his radio show/podcast my family is learning about and making better choices with money!  Dave is a straight shooter and tells it like it is but he understands the real struggles because he’s been there, too.  One of my favorite things about Dave is that he is so generous and believes that helping others is an important part of handling money.  Hearing debt-free screams on his show is the most powerful, emotionally charged way to keep motivated. They make me cry every single time. Continue reading “#15 of All the Things-Dave Ramsey”

#11 of All the Things- Furiously Happy

Do you suffer from a mental illness? Do you know somebody that does?  Chances are you do.  If you want to read “A funny book about horrible things” then Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson is for you.

I have both read and listened to this book on Audible, multiple times, but listening to it is the way I enjoyed it most. Because Jenny the narrator, is so good at “pretending that she’s good at it” that she became great at it! Plus, there is a bonus chapter at the end of the audiobook.  The book itself does have photos in in that are really  good, too.  Maybe check out one version from the library?


Jenny is not afraid of profanity so beware if you listen to it when kids are around.  You might not like it if bad words offend you or phrases like lady garden, voodoo vagina, or ass clinic don’t make you giggle.  Personally, I think it’s all hilarious but I respect that some might not enjoy that kind of thing. Also, watch out if you are offended by outrageous conversations between God, Adam, and the snake (who’s name is Jefferson by-the-way).  If you are dead set on your belief that anti-depressants are a sham thrust on us from pharmaceutical companies, then you might like the book, but maybe you should give it a go anyway, because you probably need a little enlightenment and somebody else’s perspective.  If you have a great sense of humor and an open mind, or even better, a broken mind, then you will probably love this book like I do.

Furiously Happy makes me feel, well, furiously happy.  I feel so understood, like I’m not the only one and I also have more empathy for others who suffer in different ways than I do. It’s so funny, I’ve actually read pages out loud at my grown up game nights and had everybody laughing.

“I poked it gently with a pool noodle while saying, “Hey, possum.  Are you dead? Hello?” But it just lay there and I thought that it was either really, really talented or really, really dead, and it’s weird that those things are either/or.  Honestly, it could only have been better at playing possum if it’d had some intestines in its pockets and spread those around, because that’s how you know you’ve got a possum who is really committed to the role.”  Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy is about mental illness and the good and bad that comes with it.  Jenny truly has a gift of seeing things in a positive way.  Except for her physical and psychological struggles, the most amazing things happen to her and she knows how to tell a story. Even though her brain is broken, it’s an incredibly talented brain, funny, and filled with imagination. Her natural train of thought is fascinating.  And she’s so willing to be vulnerable in front of the world.  The last time I listened to it, I noticed that she is friends with Brené Brown.  I remembering hearing that part previously but it didn’t connect with me because I didn’t know who Brené Brown was but I do now and she’s amazing.  I’ll be writing about her, too.  In the mean time you can learn about her on a previous post because Brené was a guest on an amazing podcast called Magic Lessons.

“When we share our struggles we let others know it’s okay to share theirs.  And suddenly we realize that the things we were ashamed of are the same things everyone deals with at one time or another.  We are so much less alone than we think.”       Jenny Lawson

Here are some of the things I learned from Furiously Happy:

  • If her daughter Hailey ever writes a memoir, I’m preordering.
  • To take the good moments to the next level to make them amazing.
  • To never invite more than two kangaroos to my house at any one time.
  • That possums are real assholes.
  • About the kind of writer I want to be some day.  Both funny and honest about my own mental illness.
  • That a much lesser known love language is animal corpses.
  • #depressionlies
  • Sometimes drugs are the answer.
  • It’s a really good thing that cell phones were not a thing in Mary Poppins’ day.
  • That I am totally unprepared for a zombie apocalypse, I don’t even have any snow-globes.

Jenny’s first book, a memoir is fantastic, too.  Again, listen to it if you get the chance:


Coming on March 7th is a coloring book of her amazing doodles with inspirational quotes (I have three copies preordered and am so excited!):


Finally, you should check out Jenny as The Bloggess.  Her blog is the best blog I’ve come across and the reason I started to pay attention to blogs in the first place. I follow her on Twitter and get a notification every time she tweets (she’s the only person I do that with).  Plus, being part of the #bloggesstribe is both hilarious and comforting.

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Until next time, I hope that you are furiously happy! Monday’s post is about an inspiring TED Talk that I totally connected with. It’s for anybody that has a variety of interests and has trouble choosing just one thing.

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#8 of All the Things

Do you feel a little bored, or like you’re not “living the dream” like you should be? Don’t get crazy and quit your job, that’s just reckless and more often than not, does more harm than good. Instead, try reading Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job by Jon Acuff.

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#2 of All the Things- Bird by Bird

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

by Anne Lamott


 I listened to this book on Audible narrated by Susan Bennett. She did an excellent job at being the voice of the very witty and sarcastic, Anne Lamott.

It has adult language so it’s not a great choice while you are cleaning the kitchen if the kids are underfoot.  She talks mostly about writing and I learned so much, but I have to honestly say, even if I wasn’t interested in writing I would have still enjoyed this book. It’s half instruction on the art of writing, half memoir, and all hilarious. Continue reading “#2 of All the Things- Bird by Bird”