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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” — Maya Angelou

fireplaceFeaturedLifestyle

DIY Built-In Electric Fireplace

A fireplace is something that helps make a house feel like a home - especially during the holidays.  When we first bought our house, I was really bummed to find out that our house didn't have a fireplace.  It used to have one, but the previous owners removed it in…
Michelle Tucker
November 14, 2022
skull cakeletsEatsLifestyle

Skull Cakelets

Sometimes an idea rattles around in your skull and you just have to get it out... irony intended! Skull cakelets are the perfect spooky treat for any Halloween celebration.  As if by some sort of Halloween magic, no sooner did I have the idea than I came across this skull…
Michelle Tucker
October 11, 2022
Pumpkin SpiceEatsFeaturedLifestyle

Pumpkin Spice Steamed Milk

I usually don't like pumpkin spiced drinks. The ones that I've gotten at coffee shops are always too thick, too syrupy, and leave a weird after-taste in my mouth. So, I have to admit that I wasn't super excited when my daughter, Audrey, asked me to try her pumpkin spice…
Michelle Tucker
September 15, 2022
Bonding with Teens and TweensFeaturedLifestyle

Bonding with my Teen and Tween

I often feel stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to parenting. This is especially true (and painful) when it comes to parenting and bonding with my teen and tween son and daughter.  My kids are currently 11 and 14, and I'm learning that parenting these…
Michelle Tucker
August 30, 2022
ArchesLifestyleTravel

Thinking of a Family Road Trip? Just Do It

We had always wanted to take an epic, cross-country, family road trip.  Unfortunately, there was always some reason we didn't plan one.  We had other obligations or some other lame excuse. In the end, I think we were nervous about spending too much time together in an enclosed space. Is…
Michelle Tucker
May 16, 2022
SwimsuitLifestyle

Swimsuit Season: Our Favorite One Piece Swimsuits

I've always prefered bikinis.  Mainly because it's always been hard for me to find one-pieces that fit properly.  I'm 5'11, so yeah, I'm on the taller side.   Most one piece swimsuits tend to run short.  This makes it especially hard to find one that fits if you have a longer…
Michelle Tucker
March 21, 2022
Silk ScarfLifestyle

Channelling my Inner Starlet with a Silk Scarf

* “This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something Staying Blonde may earn a small commission. Of course, I’d never post about something I didn’t truly love!”Don't mind me, I'm just channeling my inner starlet! Nothing feels more old-school glam than cruising down the boulevard…
Michelle Tucker
February 17, 2022
Indoor GardeningLifestyle

Indoor Gardening Ideas

My kids and I both love gardening.  Indoor gardening. Outdoor gardening. We love it all.  Gardening is something I started doing with my kids when they were small and I'm tickled that they still love it today.  If we could be outside planting all year long we would, unfortunately, winter…
Michelle Tucker
February 2, 2022
Holiday archesFeaturedLifestyle

Holiday Arches

Looking to add a little extra holiday pizazz to your Christmas decor?  Why not try some DIY holiday arches?Every year we visit the Willow Glen neighborhood in San Jose to see the Christmas lights.  It's one of those neighborhoods where all the homes go all-out with Christmas decor.  Some of…
Michelle Tucker
December 6, 2021