Love Life the Most

Small town Iowa girl living in big town Phoenix, AZ. Left my town of 5,000 for Arizona State University in 2005...and haven't looked back since! In 2010 I started dating the man of my dreams. He got down on one knee, I cried & said yes! Now we're navigating life as newlyweds with two puppies and a rabbit. I'm lucky to work in marketing for a wonderful non-profit, but the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent my employer’s positions, strategies or opinions.

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Hope you have a wonderful birthday Mommy!

Patience child, patience. Remember, life is a journey. If you got everything you wanted all at once there’d be no point to living. Enjoy the ride, and in the end you’ll see these “set backs” as giant leaps forward, only you couldn’t see the bigger picture in the moment. Remain calm, all is within reach; all you have to do is show up everyday, stay true to your path and you will surely find the treasure you seek.
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When you have a nightmare that you lost your voice and are trying to direct people how to properly take down and pack the beautiful tablescape from your event. Haha! I seriously had to talk to myself just to make sure I still had a voice! Guess I have some jitters about my big event tomorrow. Good thing is it is mostly set up so just a few things in the am and then flipping the ballroom during a breakout session. After lunch is over my worries should be too. The rest of the day is just breakout sessions so not much for me to worry about. Anyway fingers crossed it all goes well and I don’t lose my voice!

These cuties were staying with us the past week. We hosted Marta when I was 10 for a year and she traveled from Italy with her husband and sons for my brother’s wedding. Then she came to AZ for an additional week and we had so much fun! Besides showing them around Arizona and spending quality time, the week was nice because I got to see how our pups would react to kids. They did great! They were often in the babies face but they didn’t jump up on them like they do adults. It fun to see them all play together!

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Hoping this might be helpful for others because I can’t find 5gb to get rid of.

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Pug goes crazy in his first ball pit!

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Hahahaha I could watch this for hours!!!

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Impromptu trip with lovelifethemost to Denver booked! 

Now, back to folding laundry. Crazy Friday night ova here!

I was super conflicted about the work conference I’m going on. Happy because it’s a good career move but bummed because it was on my birthday! But now I’m really excited because as soon as I mentioned it to Jess she was 100% down for joining in! I love Denver so it should be fun times all around!

Thanks ohnothingexciting for making my birthday special!

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Impromptu trip with lovelifethemost to Denver booked!

Now, back to folding laundry. Crazy Friday night ova here!

I was super conflicted about the work conference I’m going on. Happy because it’s a good career move but bummed because it was on my birthday! But now I’m really excited because as soon as I mentioned it to Jess she was 100% down for joining in! I love Denver so it should be fun times all around! Thanks ohnothingexciting for making my birthday special!

DC for my brother’s wedding was really nice. Don’t get me wrong, it was stressful and not at all relaxing, but it was also worth it because we helped them celebrate and got to spend so much time with my immediate and extended family. I love my family so much and really wish I could see them more often. My cousins have me in stitches and my aunts and uncles are loving and fun too. It’s really a good time when we are all around.

Being back at work is crazy! I have a HUGE event on the 22nd that I don’t at all feel prepared for. I want to work a ton of hours to get ready but I’m torn because I have family in town here that I want to spend time with and I’ll get too burned out. So I’m just hoping it works out.

Also on the 22nd is my mom’s 60th birthday! I’m the only kid that will be around so the planning kind of falls to me. If we lived in Omaha we would probably have a party with all her girlfriends but here in AZ it’ll just be immediate family. Then a few short days later is my birthday on Oct. 1. I was asked to go to a conference for work over my birthday and while I wasn’t initially excited I decided what the heck. I’ll be in Denver which is a place I love so that’ll be nice. I have a friend who lives there and a friend might come with so it should be a good time. No idea what I’ll do with friends and family when I get back to celebrate. With all the planning I’m doing I don’t really feel like planning anything but I’ll come up with something.

So that’s my crazy busy schedule right now. I’m taking volunteers for anyone who can come over and unpack our suitcases/do laundry!

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Caniglia! 💍💙 #AlSaraForever

As I lay my head down to sleep for a few hours I wanted to take a few moments first to capture my thoughts on my brother’s wedding tomorrow.

I’m still in disbelief that my brother is getting married…let alone today! Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I find it shocking that someone is marrying Al, just makes me wonder where the time has gone?! I’ve always sat back and thought that one day he would make some woman very happy and today is that day! I always knew he would be a great husband and it was just the matter of the right woman giving him the time of day to really get to know my big brother and give him a chance to be an amazing partner. I knew he had it in him but he has really blown me away with just how thoughtful and considerate he is. I watch him with Sara and notice he cleverly calculated moves to do the things that will make her happy. He puts her before him because it makes him happy and that will continue to make him a good partner as they join hands in marriage.

My big brother is such a “nice guy” and women have either taken advantage of him or not given him a second thought. I’ve been pretty guarded when it comes to his relationships because I feel the instinct to protect him. But by my first interaction with Sara, early on in their relationship, she put my worried to ease. She did a small gesture for his birthday that went such a long way impressing me and made me realize that she was in this for the long haul and really cared about my brother. I’m sure neither of them thought it at that moment but I did. Each time I’ve spent with Sara I’ve gotten to know her even better and can see all the reasons my brother loves her and vice versa. I’m immensely happy they found each other.

Sara and Al I wish you a lifetime of happiness! Al thanks for being a great big brother to me and showing me what an upstanding man should look like and I’m proud to see you living that out each day with Sara. And Sara thank you for giving my brother a chance and loving him fully. I am happy to call you my sister! Paul and I look forward to many laughs and fun times in the future with both of you! Congrats!

I know I post photos of the pups all the time but they are just too cute not to share! Exhibit A right here with this beautiful pic of Pepper! 🐾❤️

Yahoo!!!! I’m on vacation [the kinda sorta version]. Basically I’m off from work until Sept. 10 - woo hoo!!! But I have a huge event when I get back so in working from home 4 hrs Thursday and Friday. Then in the afternoons I’ll head to help my sorority with recruitment. I’ve been their recruitment advisor for the past year and have helped them out together their fall recruitment plans. I’m really excited to see it all come together this weekend! Then on Tuesday I head to Washington DC for my brothers wedding! CRAZY! I can’t believe it’s here already and I’m really excited to spend a week with my family and celebrate their love. And then when I get back I’ll be full force into this next event and before I know it, it’ll be my birthday! Anyway long post to say in crazy busy but with fun non work things for 15 days and then head to crazy work. Hoping the next month is a blast!

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This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more. 

But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.

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I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for? 

It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.

Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.

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Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson. 

The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.

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And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!

Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.

Okay, what else?

Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.

Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.

You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.

And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE. 

If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!

I keep hearing good things about Duolingo… gotta give it a try.

Perfect opportunity to relearn Spanish!

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Dog: I AM SORRY BABY HUMAN! DO NOT CRY ANYMORE! i SHALL BRING YOU MORE TOYS

The cutest thing ever.

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Loving on my pups extra special since it’s National Dog Day! #Woof #nationaldogday