things that rock

I have started this new year being a pretty terrible blogger.  Life here has been consumed with returning to work after taking a bunch of time off for the holidays, freelance work at night and writing a story for Metroparent magazine that highlighted some amazing parents with disabilities from my community. I totally loved every second of interviewing and writing that piece, I’ll share more once it’s published. 

My year has also started off with a few gadgets and some new shoes in the mix. I’m excited to share them, maybe these things could make your life a bit brighter too… 


Okay, go ahead and giggle. I totally dig this thing and even more I love that my husband bought it for me for Christmas.  My right hand is not as strong as my left. So holding a hair dryer in one hand and a brush in the other is impossible.  Problem solved. Me likes.


In past posts I have mentioned my angst with clubfoot and finding shoes that work. I love a ton of the flats that are in style but couldn’t keep them on my feet. It inspired me to find a shoe tailor and add straps to make them work.  

I’m now a shoe monster, I just can’t have enough. Here are a few of my new friends. Welcome home sweet shoes, welcome home. My closet is happy to meet you!


I live in Wisconsin. Normally our winter is filled with snow, ice and slushy mess – this year has been a strange spring-like treat. We finally got our first snow this past week and I had the chance to test out my new Thomas Fetterman ice tips.

Despite the obvious reasons I should hate winter since I use crutches, I really don’t. I love winter clothes and jackets a lot and so I like to think it makes it all worth it. 

My mother-in-law bought me these new crutch tip covers for Christmas. They are amazing and work really well. I hope to find myself sprawled one less time on the sidewalk this winter and they will be worth every penny.

These three things make me smile. What kind of things make your life twinkle? 

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Helloooo 2012, nice to meet you

I love starting a new year. A fresh slate. Renewed zest to focus on the things you want to improve.  Declared goals to become a step closer to that person you want to be.  It makes me a little giddy.

Since I have a boy sleeping in his crib slurping his Nuk and clutching Batman – I know that sparkly tops from Express and fun parties are not part of this season of my life. It’s okay, one kiss from his sweet face and the feel of him on my lap couldn’t even compare. I’m content at home with my hubby, laptop, pizza and watching the Rockin’ in the New Year shows. Since I am 14 at heart and love Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, NYE programming is right up my alley. Bring it on.

This past year was amazing. I dedicated it to taking care of myself. (See Morning Blend post).  As I took different steps and gambled with new ideas, life simply happened. I believe we are all here for a reason but we need to take some risks to end up where we are meant to be. Last year at this time I had never thought I’d share way too much of my life on the web, end up on TV telling my story, make new friends who share my challenges and wrap up some personal things that I hated – my teeth were shifting (so I got Invisaline braces) and I had crazy ear issues when I would fly (so I had a sinus surgery, tubes in ear and Adenoidectomy).  So again, it took effort and risk but the end result is goodness.

I’m still toying with my 2012 resolution.  I have 2 hours and 29 minutes to decide. No sweat.

May you have an incredible next year filled with new starts, happy memories and be drenched in love.  

What resolutions do you have brewing?

P.S Anyone else as excited as me for the return of the Bachelor?  Eeeeek I love that show. Go Ben!