unexpected stories

Coffee+Crumbs: I Needed Her to Tell Me That

“Our house is filled with hate,” I choked out in sobbing gasps sitting on a dock with new friends. We were sharing stories at a writers’ retreat last weekend, and I meant to start with where I went to college and how I was a theatre major and when I met the love of my life in a coffee shop playing the guitar with his hat pulled low. “Our house  (…) READ MORE

For Your Body: Food, Drinks, Lotions, and Soaps

Smell is one of the most evocative parts of the holidays.  Smoky fireplaces, homemade Christmas cookies, steaming cups of dark roast coffee, peppermint tea, melted chocolate warming on the stove.  And vanilla lotion so good you can almost eat it.  Here are a bunch of yummy-smelling things for your body, inside and out. Food & Drinks Just Love Coffee Just Love Coffee specializes in small-batch, artisan-roasted coffee.  They sell everything from single  (…) READ MORE

That Time I Played "Never Have I Ever" on TV

Oh my gosh, these episodes of the MomsEveryday panel I recorded have been airing all over the country for the last couple of months, and I just watched the one where we played “Never Have I Ever.”  You guys.  I have no filter.  I’ve heard about filters.  I’ve heard they can be helpful, especially on national TV.  But I’m not sure how to acquire one this late in the game.  (…) READ MORE

Elf Yourself! Toys that Give Back All Year Long!

With 27 million men, women, and children living in slavery, many making the toys we give our kids for Christmas, what do we do?  Many of our kids are hoping for new toys on Christmas morning, and I don’t want to be the Grinch.  I don’t think there’s one answer for everyone on the issue of toys and how we can celebrate a Slave-Free Christmas, but in an effort to be  (…) READ MORE

This is not about Syrian refugees

If your newsfeed is anything like mine, it’s filled with people posting about refugees. Should they or shouldn’t they be allowed across borders, who is and who isn’t a terrorist, and who is or isn’t a terrible Christian. I have many thoughts, and if you know me, you can probably guess some of them. But this is not about Syrian refugees. While scrolling through the posts and impassioned thinkpieces of  (…) READ MORE

Decking the Halls: Everything You Need for Christmas Decor

After we came home with Ana two Christmases ago, we realized we needed to up our Christmas tree game.  She’s from Latvia, the birthplace of the Christmas tree, and we’d always been a “take the tree out of the box and plug it in” kind of family.  We set out to cut down our own tree, a real tree.  We had the best time chopping watching Alex chop it down  (…) READ MORE

Head to Toe: Clothes and Shoes for the Whole Family

Okay, let’s talk about what we wear to cover our heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.  Here’s my list of clothes and shoes for the whole family.  (If you haven’t checked out the big list of purses, jewelry, and scarves, definitely head over there, too.) Clothing 139Made – COUPON CODE: “UNEXPECTED” (10% off) When the owner of 139Made reached out to me to tell me about her company,  (…) READ MORE