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3 vintage words you need to use more often

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Today, we’re road tripping. Inevitably, Aaron and I find random tangents for conversation – typically spurred by something weird I said and then promptly started Googling for more information. In the present moment, it’s caddywompus. Use it in a sentence? I-35 runs caddywompus from Kansas City to Wichita. For real. It’s a thing. Of course, my search also revealed that it can be …

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Laundry, and then what?

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The weird nature of the career I’ve found myself in constantly challenges the “and then what?” As a society, we push each day to automate and optimize. We make the mundane, repetitive and tedious move faster. We are the creators of the metaphorical machine that churns data, algorithms and commands into actions. We fill in the blanks “if this happens, …

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An Aunt Day at the symphony

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I solemnly swear that we’re up to no good. Over the past few years, Aunt Day has become a spontaneous day of magic in which the nieces and I discover something incredible. I do believe it began on a family trip when their parents had no choice but to trust me to chase the wildest one down a mountain. She …

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Be a better wedding show vendor

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In the real life where I’m recently engaged and now expected to plan a grand wedding – I went to a wedding show. I’ve been to a wedding show before, this should have been nothing new to me. But, attending one of these things as a bride is a whole different ball game. First, marketing overload. Second, spam overload. Third – …

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Ogilvy is 5

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Years, around here, seem to fly by much too quickly. Adding the perfect punctuation to our holiday whirlwind, Ogilvy is 5. Even I have a hard time believing that it has already been a year since we last celebrated his big day in the dog park of Aaron’s River Market apartment. View this post on Instagram Happy Birthday Ogie. #dogs …

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4 years of Top Nine photos + memories

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Over the past few years, I’ve used the Top Nine app to peek at my top-performing Instagram images. I love this. Being a hyper-visual person, I adore the chance to see a picturesque summary of what happened in the previous 12 months. This year, I had the insane idea to put my Top Nine images side-by-side. 2015, 2016, 2017 and …

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New Year’s resolutions are, seriously, the worst

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Hey, hey, hey! It’s another new year and that means there are a thousand and one resolutions on the table – all of which open an opportunity for failure. Damn, that’s cynical, right? A few months ago, my friend and trainer Emily (at Emily Ackart Fitness – check her our) raved about Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who …

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Gift experiences not things

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The number of times I’ve heard friends request “experiences, not things” for their kids this holiday season has totaled on the verge of obnoxious. As a long-time listener, first-time caller – I’ve been silently gifting experiences for years. All-the-while, I’ve also been super self-conscious that everyone truly hated the concept. Look who’s trendsetting now. With renewed self-confidence in my role …

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Holy hell, that’s so many needles

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The one thing I’m unabashedly honest about is my abominable loathing for needles. Let’s take a stroll through the life of little Laura: As a kid, I remember – very clearly – being held to the table in a doctor’s office while the doctor and nurses stabbed my thighs with needles. Repeatedly. Either I was getting many vaccinations or they …