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The Second Halloween: Hammerhead Shark

First, a big thank you to Meghan for this hand-me-down! It is super and has delighted me since we first got it!

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It’s a rough start for Gabe with the tunic. I don’t know why he hates it so much but he hates it SO MUCH.

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Fish are friends, not food.

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Have a lovely Halloween everyone! And if it starts off in tears may it end in smiles.

*His outfit from today may end up a touch different, but I think we’ll keep the hat.

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Things, October

Lately I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night, or very early in the morning (Depending on my intention) thinking it smells like something. Generally that something is hot garbage. Kamel things I’m having a stroke. Maybe my nose is dreaming? Either way it’s a little unsettling and rather frustrating to think you smell something that no one else does. No fair. The SF Giants won the world series again yesterday and I don’t really care because been there, done that, saw the parade, and they really aren’t my team. But lots of people love them, so that is fun. What I really keep thinking is why that bearded...

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Food-ing With Flo: The Bundt Is Back

The book reviews are winding down (2 more to go!), birchbox is almost over (1 more post to go!), the rains have come (and with it early nights) and so we revisit the beauty of… BUNDT CAKES!! A Black and White Pound Cake you say? I say pour me a glass of wine and let’s get started! I’ve never done any swirl action and I have never made a pound cake, though with 2.5 sticks of butter there is no reason to not! It was the usual set up with sifted dry ingredients, mixed room-temp butter and sugar (the best smell in the world), eggs, vanilla, etc. Oh hey girl, hey! I haven’t used Miss Flo since March for Gabe’s...

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Weekend-ing

This weekend I felt like a super mom. I visited with my best friends, we did family stuff, Kamel got to go and see a movie by himself, we had our first power outage with the baby, I made a bundt cake on Saturday and then a bolognese  on Sunday while I entertained the baby alone and eventually put him down for a nap. Everyone got to do something for themselves, we finished up chores in the apartment, and I am almost done catching up with part one of the Outlander series on Starz. Boom. Weekend, I own you. (apron snack pocket) (Power outage to come) (Cheeeeeeeese) (Herro!! says Gabriel) Not pictured: - Coffee with...

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The Perks

A few days ago I was secretly eating one of the chocolate bunnies that Kamel’s family  brings back for us from Mexico. And by us I think I really mean Kamel. I mean, I’m sure it is ok if I eat them too, but we all know that Kamel loves them the most most most. And then I thought about how sometimes the benefits of marriage are that I get the perk of being able to eat my husband’s special dessert when he isn’t looking. I mean, I could always have my own chocolate small furry animal, but I wouldn’t have known tiny chocolate mexican bunnies even existed if it weren’t for Kamel. It occured to me that these...

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Under Gunders The Saga Continues…

Did you know that I still get comments on this post about the Old Navy mesh hipsters (AKA the JESUS of underwear!!) even now, years later? I think I got one last week even. So many women are out there, frustrated about the loss of the perfect panty. OLD NAVY WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY! So many ladies are asking, “Where is the replacement? Where can I find the perfect mix of full coverage and panti-line-free-ness that were (and still are for many of us, oops) the mesh hipster?” And I’m here with a semi-answer. There is no replacement. There just isn’t! And we need to stop searching and give up. Sometimes, in life, you have to...

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Soleil & A Brand New Adventure

I am generally fascinated by divorce. How does it happen? Who makes that decision? Does it pop out at you like the bogey man? When does someone know, for certain, that it is over? And how does that conversation happen? And what happens after? A few months ago I got to pick Soleil’s brain about all of this as her divorce was newly established. As much as young divorce (or any divorce) sucks, it is also about the opening and closing of doors, the birth of new chapters, and fresh starts. It’s sad and hard and terrible, but also ultimately a good thing? I think? That is the point, right? It is supposed to be something that sucks but...

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Who the hell is she?


Lauren

I am a writer living in Seattle and I believe that life is a grand adventure and only boring if you believe it to be. Plus! You don't need money to have fun.

I live with my husband, a photographer by education and a maker-of-video-games by trade, and a baby named gabe in an apartment on the hill.

I am romantic about most things and I cry... about almost anything. I tell stories to entertain you, I spread stories to keep you in the loop. I am not a grammar freak, but I do know how to spell it. I am exceedingly proud of my scrambled eggs and I really could eat an entire pan of cupcakes. If I met me, I would be my best friend. I tend to be irreverent.

If you would like to chat with me or see what else I'm up to you can follow me on Twitter (betterinrealife), on facebook, or email me at betterinrealife at gmail.


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