Chris L

Chris L
Born in Wisconsin, Chris moved South with her family, first to Richmond, Virginia, and then to Birmingham when she was 12. She loves being a girl raised in the South, and her only remaining Midwestern traits are a love for the Packers and a fondness for bratwurst. In 2010, Chris reconnected with Christopher, a former Birmingham-Southern College classmate, after a random meeting in the cereal aisle at Publix. They married in 2011, not realizing that they were bringing together a perfect storm of teenage angst with their three children. Today, Chris is the center support that keeps the seesaw of her family balanced, leading a blended family of three young adults and enjoying an empty nest. Before the pandemic, most days were busy managing client relationships for a corporate event production company, but after six months of unemployment, she has become the parish administrator aka “the church lady” for her church. When she's not working, she loves reading a rich historical novel, volunteering with her sorority, and planning their next wine-tasting excursions.
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Grandma’s First Christmas

Searching Etsy for my grandbaby’s First Christmas ornament, I suddenly realized this was Grandma’s First Christmas, too. I had waited what seems like a lifetime to have a grandchild, and now he’s here. And,...

Surviving Halloween :: Costume Confessions of a Non-DIY Mom

Halloween does not light my creative fire. I am strictly a Christmas kind of girl. I am also not crafty, so every Halloween became a struggle between shelling out mega-dollars for a pre-made costume...
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Know Your Risk :: Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month

“Congrats. You are officially in menopause.” If I had any energy at that moment, I might have jumped for joy when my doctor made this pronouncement. But, the long journey through perimenopause left me with...
Farmers Markets in Birmingham

Guide to Farmers Markets in Birmingham

Come with me to the farmers markets in the Birmingham area, and you’ll find so many opportunities to support local farmers while broadening your choices for fresh produce. Let me help you take advantage...

Worry :: The Constant Ache of Motherhood

Worry and Motherhood. They go together like salt and pepper, sunscreen and beach days, and toddlers and tantrums. As mothers, we carry worry like a constant ache, and if we are not careful, our...
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10 Commandments for a New Grandma

 This year, I get to become something I thought I might never be, a grandmother! To say I’m over-the-top excited is an understatement. Of course I have already chosen my grandma name—CeCe. My nieces...

Self-Care :: Five Focus Areas for the New Year

The other morning, I watched Dr. Jen Ashton on Good Morning America as she discussed her new book, The Self-Care Solution. I found that Dr. Ashton really speaks to me. We are both women...
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Flying with Kids :: View from a Business Traveler

My career in producing corporate events was paused by the pandemic, but I recently rejoined the traveling world. I flew to Des Moines, Milwaukee, Charlotte, New York City, and Washington, DC, in November, alone....
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Grandpa’s Guide to Burgers :: Over the Mountain Edition

Every week my dad meets with the ROMEOs – Retired Old Men Eating Out. (I have also been told this has been claimed by “Retired Old Methodists Eating Out.”) They gather for breakfast at...

Life Lessons from Reality TV :: Kids Cooking Competitions

Let me confess: I love reality television, and I especially love competition shows. Now, I know many of those types of shows are not appropriate to watch with little eyes and ears in the...
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