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Moxie Friday 12.16. 2016

Dear readers, When I first started this blog, I was going strong with the whole "Moxie Tuesday" bit, and for some reason I decided to discontinue it. Luckily, all good ideas come back around, and now we have "Moxie Friday", a weekly tribute to all the positive female role models out there. Who doesn't love a great role model? So, who shall I pick for our very first Friday female role model? Why Lizzie Velasquez of course, a beautiful and brave…

Your recipe for bake sale success!

13 Tips For Ultimate Bake Sale Success

Dear readers, This time of year puts us in the mind-set of giving almost by default. Presents, bell-ringers, church and charitable donations all have us reaching for our wallets in the spirit of enriching the lives of others. Bake sales are no different, and what an awesome time of year to have a bake sale indeed, everyone has thrown their diet out the window and is in the spirit of giving! I have baked for, and organized, many a bake sale…

Pepperoni Roll-ups

Dear readers, I am always faced with a dilemma called, "What the hell am I going to do for dinner?" I get off of work at 4 pm, get Audrey from daycare, and prefer to have food in her mouth by 5 pm. This leaves me with about 30 minutes to cook something healthy and nourishing for her (which she will actually eat). Pepperoni Roll-ups were a concoction that actually solved this problem quite well. Here is the quick and easy recipe:…

9 Quotes to Weather the Storm

Dear readers, Everyone has hard days, weeks, months, or maybe even a hard year. As human beings we doubt our decisions, beat ourselves up for the choices we made, and generally over-think what we may have under-thought before. When you enter into that rut, have your heart ripped to shreds, or have your will tested, sometimes we need some words of wisdom to yank us off our knees and back on to our feet. Here are nine quotes to help…

No-Knead Wheat Bread

Dear readers, There is nothing like home-made bread. I've managed to mash this recipe together after a few years, various recipes, and lots of trial and error. Too much wheat equals a brick. No wheat and well, it just isn't wheat bread. Lately, I've been using King Arthur Flour: White Whole Wheat. It's mild, unbleached, and zero preservatives. I make this bread once a week in the fall/winter because it requires very little effort on my part aaaaaaaaaand we all…

Oswald’s Bear Ranch

Dear readers, My daughter, mother, and I went to Oswald's Bear Ranch for the very first time on 4th of July weekend. We were really impressed. Oswald's Bear Ranch is the largest bear-only complex in the United States of America. It is the home of twenty-nine rescued bears, with two huge (and beautiful) habitats for their older bears. They also have two smaller habitats for their younger bears. I found it to be very family friendly, inexpensive, and great exercise…

Memorial Day 2016

Dear readers, Today I will talk  about what Memorial Day 2016 means to me. I'd first like to start this post with a huge thank you to the brave men and women who served our country. The people who set aside years of their lives for a greater cause, knowingly putting themselves in danger to protect America and all it's ideals of freedom and greatness. As always, we dedicate this Memorial Day to you. Secondly, I'd like to say a formal good-bye…

Ms. Moxie Goes Back to School…

And I thought I loved coffee before... Dear readers, I have decided to go back to school. It was pretty much a no-brainer. The hospital where I work offered to pay for two of it's departments to take a coding class. It's one three hour class, every Wednesday, for the next year. Plus tons of self training and reading. You think one class isn't that big of a deal, think again. Medical coding is hard. And also pretty amazing. Do…

15 Goals of Summer 2015: The Recap

  Dear readers, I want you to know that you are officially a part of history, as this is the very first "recap blog" I have ever written. On June 8th,  I posted 15 Goals of Summer 2015, today my post will be a review of how well I managed to reach those goals. Since I haven't actually monitored my success throughout the summer, I am very interested in doing this recap. Here goes nothing Moxie people! 1. Go kayaking on various…

Camping with my Best Friend

Dear readers, I have the best friend in the whole world. We met when we were seven. We were in the same class together. We walked home from school one day and we realized that her family had moved in to my family's old house. I'd like to think we knew it was meant to be. We did ridiculous things together as kids. I think my child is weird, but when I look back on the things my best friend and I…