why is THIS in my purse?

I bought my purse on a hot day in Japan on my honeymoon seven years ago. It is purple and one of the pockets is held together with a safety pin. I obviously love it a lot but every single day I shove my hand in it for something I need and pull out 47 things I do not.

This is a fun game I like to call “Why is this in my purse?”

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curses! {hello creative family}

How old was your kid when they first dropped some verbally delicious profanity? 

We had a good run. Stella bust out her first curse word last week at the ripe old age of 4 and a half. In my first column for Hello Creative Family I share all the blue details. (Have you checked the HCF site out yet? It's so crafty and clever. They clearly do not know I have never even glued googly eyes onto a pipecleaner. Please don't tell.)

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4 reasons we chose french immersion for our daughter {the european mama}

Come September, I have a kid in kindergarten. We have no idea how she's going to get there, if they'll let her eat 3 cheese strings and 16 marshmallows for lunch, or if her Little Mermaid ballgown is appropriate attire, but it's happening. It's all happening.

What I do know is that she will be entering into a French Immersion Program. I feel no qualms or nerves or butterflies about that decision. If you want to know why, I wrote all about it for my friend The European Mama's handsome and wise website.

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old mcdonald's {well fed, flat broke}

Inspired by the insanely good Life in Chains series on Eater.com, the impeccable Emily from Well Fed, Flat Broke and I did some fast food chain reminiscing. My piece can be found on her site here. (If you missed hers on my site earlier this week, it is here.)

It's a long chunk of reminiscing that is in no rush. I asked my brother about the golden arches as I was writing it and he gave me this glorious chunk of text that any connoisseur of fine fast food will appreciate.

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