Change Of The Times

Every year I watch as my children get older and older. We run into family or long time friends that we’ve lost touch with in the stores and the first response is usually “wow so and so is getting so big” or “wow is that the baby?” Yes they are and yes that is the “baby”, not so much of a baby anymore now is he?!

I don’t know about you but it is very annoying to me that while I was growing up weekends were spent sleeping over my grandmother’s house while I played with my Grampa when Gram worked and when Gram was home I hung out with her too! I was very close to my grandmother and my then Grampa. Since then my Gram and Grampa have divorced (he was her second husband but the man I grew to know and love as Grampa), I have had some ups and downs and now I am a married mother of three who works from home and blogs daily. I also volunteer to keep my local PTO’s website up to date, run a virtual assistant business, am Mom to three and not to mention have a husband to tend to.

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Like A Rollercoaster

In case you couldn’t tell my mind and emotions have been like a roller coaster ride lately! I went from not wanting to be with my husband because reality is we have grown apart … well I guess I have grown apart, he still feels the same. We are best friends, but I still question what my heart knows is best to do for us … I keep going up and down … from wanting to be a stay at home mom to wanting to work outside of the home and build my resume back up again to wanting to work part time to not wanting to work at all other than this blog and my virtual assistant business.

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Linky Love: Link Up Your Best Posts

I have been having writers block, a major headache that will not go away, and am just plain exhausted from a busy week of chasing my children everywhere and so I felt this morning I would honor YOU … link up below with any post you think we should read, giveaway we should enter, review we should read, etc etc! I can’t wait to read everyone’s links later today …

All I ask in return is for you to please try to visit at least two of the people who linked above you so we can all share some comment love and get to know a new blog and possibly virtual friend …

Make it a Happy Day!

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Is It Right To Read Your Child’s Diary?

No matter what age your child is, eventually they will have or already have a journal also known as a diary. This personal pad of paper or decorated journal book is a place where your child will write down personal feelings, thoughts and actions done during their short lifetime. A diary by definition is “a record of events, transactions, or observations kept daily or at frequent intervals : journal; especially : a daily record of personal activities, reflections, or feelings” as taken from Merriam-Webster.

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You Can’t Spell Families Without Lies

Four ChristmasesI have watched Four Christmases two times now, and must admit I love this movie! I am all about Christmas movies this time of year and you will find me more often than not snuggled up with the kids and my husband on the couch watching ABC Family’s Countdown to Christmas every night! Today they have Christmas shows on all day long, and if I didn’t have so much to do I would be planted on the couch today!

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New Holiday Cookbook Love Your Raisins


Fiesta Brunch Strata with California Raisins


12 slices bread, lightly buttered and cubed

3 cups chopped cooked chicken breast

1-1/2 cups California Raisins

2-1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided

8 eggs, beaten

3 cups milk

1 can (4.5 ounces) chopped green chiles, drained

1 jar (2.5 ounces) diced pimiento, drained

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Thinking Outloud

I am adding a new category to Happily Blended, why? Well quite simply because I have been thinking a lot and by thinking I mean talking to myself. So I figured what better way to talk to myself than write it down on my blog.

Most of you may not agree with my thoughts I write down and publish here, but that’s okay. Most may be able to relate to a time or two in your life when you had the same thoughts, and that’s wonderful.

Thinking outloud is another way for me to connect with you all at a more personal level. Although I do try my best to look to the positive of every situation, I will be honest that I am not always good at it. One thing I have always been great at with my friends in the past was to offer great advice, advice that made perfect sense, however, when it came to my own life I was horrible at taking my own advice.

I look forward to sharing more of Brandy Ellen in the upcoming year and hope you will travel along with Happily Blended in the year 2010 as this blog starts to bring more and more to you from all views of Brandy Ellen.

Make it a Happy Day!

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