Gretchen, Senior Writer

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Gretchen has lived in Colorado since she was 12 and never wants to leave. She has a 13-year-old son who is into having a good time, especially with sports and Fortnite. Together, they are navigating the teen world of puberty and growing up. She has a wonderful husband, having been surprised and blessed with a second chance at love. Their family enjoys playing board games, watching Avengers movies, and sharing dumb jokes over good food. In her free time, she loves to read, shop for purses, play games, watch football, laugh with her family, cook delicious food, and dream of the next home improvement project.
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And What a Year It Was (Not Shaving)!

It’s been over a year since a razor last cruised over my legs, chopping hair off before it could show. (You can read my other two posts about this experience here and here.) I started...
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What Is It About Christmas?

It’s that time of year again. Every year, I question how it has come around again so quickly. Christmas continues to creep into our lives earlier and earlier every year with stores putting out...
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Embrace Your Age!

Mamas, we’ve talked about aging gracefully on this blog before. (If you don’t believe me, look at these articles here, here, here, and here.) And we can tell each other as friends to embrace...
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Homemade and Healthy Meals When Everyone Has Practice

I saw this tweet about meals recently from the comedian Simon Holland:  And I laughed out loud because that’s my life right now. And maybe yours!  ‘Tis the season for sports practice, marching band, tutoring, games,...
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Reading Along Together

As babies and itty-bitties, we read to our children a lot. I remember the days with the heavy body leaning into mine as we flipped the pages of my son’s favorite books like There’s...
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I Haven’t Shaved My Legs for Eight Months!?!

Friends, I haven’t shaved my legs since November 2020. That’s eight months. My legs are furry. And you know what? I love not shaving! But I’ve got all kinds of mixed feelings about those...
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Revisiting “My So-Called Life”

Nothing has ever made me want to wear plaid and listen to Nirvana as much as re-watching “My So-Called Life” on Hulu.  “My So-Called Life” is a TV series that aired in 1994/95. It follows...
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Finishing the School Year Strong

Folks, we’re wrapping up the craziest school year of all time! With about a month to go, we can see the finish line in sight, and we’re dreaming of summer time.  But the finish feels...
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Best Places to Adopt a Cat in COS

If you know me, you know our family has a cat. And if you know me well, I’ve definitely shown you a picture of our cat. I love having a cat. Hearing his happy...
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“I’m Not You!” Raising Kids Who Are True to Themselves

One night, like usual, I was hurrying my teen along so that we could leave the house on time for a meeting. About to walk about the door, he said, “I gotta grab my...