Is This Thing On?

Hello! It's November 5, 2019—exactly 524 days since my last post—and, uh... a lot of shit has gone down. I did Whole 30 again, got very into yoga, got engaged, opened an Etsy shop, changed jobs, moved to Seattle, got very into Pilates, married Drew, spent two weeks in India, and am now Allison Guiney. [...]

Return of the Mack

It's been a minute. And by a minute, I mean nearly two months. For that, I apologize—but the break wasn't for nothing. I needed to take some time to remember why I started blogging in the first place and rethink what I want to accomplish with these posts / how I can make the whole [...]

Step by Step

Europe is actually happening and I can't believe it. After all kinds of back and forth wondering if airfare might drop and should we wait it out or just pull the trigger because the prices weren't that bad, we finally did it. We booked our flights to Italy and I CANNOT believe it. Before I dive [...]

What’s My Name?

Writing Wednesday, what up! It dawned on me earlier today that while a solid 98 percent of the people reading this know what I do for a living, there's a lovely two percent that has every reason to find my obsession with grammar borderline unhealthy. I write and edit marketing and product copy for a [...]

The Way I Are

Full disclosure: This Writing Wednesday is going to start with the super obvious and end with a decent dose of trickery, so don't bail on me too early. We're gonna talk subject-verb agreement. In a nutshell, when you have a singular subject, it needs a singular verb. Plural subjects need plural verbs. See what I just did? [...]

So Fresh, So Clean

I don't know about you, but nothing—nothing—makes me feel more accomplished than a full day of cleaning. It could be spent scrubbing, vacuuming, folding laundry, I don't care. As long as I can go to bed knowing a guest could show up and not be disgusted by at least one corner of my house, I'll sleep [...]

A Woman’s Worth

Yoooooooo. Happy International Women's Day to all of my strong, smart female friends! I'm better for knowing each and every one of you. Here's to changing the world one hair flip at a time. I had a different writing tip planned for today, but when I remembered the significance of this 24-hour timeframe, I had to switch things [...]

I Pray

DON'T WORRY. I'm not here to stand on a pedestal and talk down to you non-believers about your one-way ticket to hell and the many other perils that await, should you choose to turn away from God. I am the last person who would ever be in a position to do that. Instead, I just wanna [...]

Try Again

Swoopin' in a little late with this Writing Wednesday, but I had to stop for some ashes after work. Had today been a Thursday or Saturday or Monday or any day but Wednesday, you'd get a full rundown on my feelings towards Lent. But today is none of those days. Today is Wednesday, so we're talkin' words! [...]

Unwritten

Spoiler alert: I love to read. I've always loved reading. Even when I couldn't read, I was fully convinced reading was my jam. (Dr. Seuss is not difficult to memorize.) But it wasn't until fifth grade that I reached peak nerd by participating in Battle of the Books. In a nutshell: Borders (R.I.P.) put together a [...]