Begin As You Mean To Go On

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Well. I suppose THIS is really happening, isn’t it? It’s funny; I have a distinct memory from about a thousand years ago of my family sitting around the dinner table together (because we did that, because we are awesome) talking about some trip my sister was about to take with some church group. Maybe a […]

Banned Books In The Riley House

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If you didn’t know, this week is Banned Books Week. Here’s the thing about banned books: It’s super easy to make fun of the book banners and call them closed-minded, or silly, or other not-so-nice names. But I don’t like name-calling, so that’s not what this post is about. This post is about what my […]

Guilt And Exhaustion, Thy Name Is Pinterest

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When Pinterest first came on the scene, I created an account–and then deleted it five minutes later. The cluttered layout felt overwhelming, I couldn’t figure out what I was trying to do, and the whole thing seemed ridiculous. Several weeks and one reactivated account later, I was the proud pinner of HUNDREDS of crafts, furniture […]

Totes Jelly

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First of all, I should tell you school started back last week so I’m a little bit BLAAAAAARRRRRGGGHHHHHHHHHHH because we at Casa Riley are trying to adapt to the new routine, which is essentially nonstop action from 6:00am to 10:00pm. Having said that, tonight I was talking to my friend Sophie about something that kind […]

That Time No One Came To My Party

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Today’s post kind of goes along with yesterday’s in that it deals with your BIGGEST INSECURITIES COMING TRUE. Insecurity #2,467: What if I plan a party and invite people, but no one comes? Oh, it can happen, Grasshoppers. It can, and lo, it DID. TO ME. I’ll tell you all about it, and then I’ll […]