Floating on a sea of Rosé and Denial

There is no easy way to say it, so I’m just going to be direct, Ccelli and I are getting a divorce. We have set each other free and soon it will be final in the eyes of the law. We have had a beautiful life over the last 13 years with a lot of ups and a lot of downs. You start to quickly learn that although love conquers all, it doesn’t necessarily sustain it all. There are no regrets, but there are a lot of tears. I loved being a wife. I was good at it. You can […]

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Adopt some puppy love

Frankie Snuggle

I Want a Puppy! For years, I have been asking for a puppy. Like an annoying child, I would bring getting a dog up in any conversation I could. The hubs would say things like “Does this sweater match my jacket?” My response would be, “Kind of but you know what would really match that jacket? A puppy.” We did this dance for a very long time. Then magic happened and I was lucky to secure a new job which allowed me to work from home. We decided it was time. I was naive. I thought I would do a […]

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Disney World for Adults

When the reality sets in that you are about to hit a new decade, there are many emotions that you experience. I was certain that celebrating my big 4-0 was going to be on my terms. I wanted to play and feel like a child. I mentioned that I wanted to go to Universal Studios to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the hubs surprised me with a week’s vacation in Orlando. Not only did we get to celebrate my birthday but we also got to celebrate our 2nd anniversary! I hadn’t been to Disney since my Up […]

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My Household Inventory

For the past two years I’ve been obsessively keeping a household inventory on a spreadsheet. The list contains every product we use in our household from face soap to toilet paper. It includes vitamins, beauty products, cleaners, paper products, and every filter it takes to keep our household running. I can tell you how much we use it every product in a 30 day span and I’m very proud of that. It helps with budgeting and it also helps me see when were being excessive.

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Nationality, DNA, and Roots

Jodie and Dad

50/50. Growing up in a small town located in the Northeast section of Pennsylvania, ethnicity and¬†nationality defined you. If you were Italian, you lived in the Italian section and went to the Italian church. Growing up in an Italian American home meant fried meatballs every Sunday, seven fishes on Christmas Eve, and knowing all the Italian curse words. It was the culture I was nurtured in and the culture that raised me. I ate ricotta cheese for a snack and tomatoes picked from our garden just like an apple. My grandmother prayed to her saints and always kept a scapular […]

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One year of marriage

Ccelli and Jodie First Kiss

In the winter of 2005 while scouring MySpace, I came across some dude named Ccelli looking for singers. Many of you know this story. Here we are almost 10 years later celebrating our first wedding anniversary. My wedding day was pure bliss. You can watch the video. I’ll tell you a secret. I often watch this myself to relive that day. It was magical. I love being married. Before we wed, many people told me that marriage is hard, marriage is work, and marriage is sacrifice. I don’t believe any of that. I believe that marriage is an amazing journey […]

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