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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fluttering 2014 Layout and We Need Your Help!

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are pretty good!  We kicked off our month long Fluttering project yesterday.  If you haven't heard of Fluttering, you can read my blog post HERE.  In a nutshell, we have committed to moving 12 dragonflies from house to house for the whole month of September to spread awareness for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and to raise money for Unravel Pediatric Cancer.

Today, I'm sharing the Project Life pages I made to document last year's Fluttering.  I used Becky Higgins page protectors, Heidi Swapp Project Life cards, tons of Heidi Swapp embellishments, American Crafts Thickers, and a bunch of embellishments I had in my stash.  This is the first layout I've done in mostly black and white and it has a really cool effect.





Our family needs your help!  We set a goal of $1000 to raise in the month of September for our Flutter Campaign.  If you have it in your budget, please consider donating to our page.  All the money goes towards the fight against pediatric cancer which is EXTREMELY underfunded.  The statistics are heartbreaking.  Seven children die everyday in the US from cancer yet pediatric cancer gets under 4% of the allotted federal funding for cancer.  Our children deserve better!  Please help if you can.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

JJ Customer Appreciation Weekend!!

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are pretty good.  We are enjoying our weekend!  

I just wanted to pop on and let you all know that Just Jewelry is having Customer Appreciation this weekend which means ALL orders ship for FREE directly to our house!  Also, if you spend $50 or more, you get a FREE pair of black leggings!  Who doesn't need black leggings for fall and winter?  I know I do!  

I wanted to show you some of my favorite pieces.  There is SO much new stuff and it's all fantastic!  I feel so lucky to be a Just Jewelry consultant right now!  There are so many fun new items like purses, clothes, sunglasses, phone cases, and more in the Just Jewelry Boutique.

This Golden Rhinestone Clutch is GORGEOUS!  I love gold this season!  I like having smaller bags for when I go out at night or out with my friends.

This Plaid Scarf is fabulous!  It's so classy and I love the neutral colors!  This will go with everything.  I'm really getting into scarves!  I think it's a fun way to dress up or change an outfit.
I love this Dress to Impress Necklace!  I really like the length, especially in the fall and winter when you're wearing sweaters or turtlenecks.  I think this would be cute with a black sweater and jeans but you can dress it up like this model.


The leaf motif on these Grow on Me Earrings are adorable!  I think these would be great very causal or slightly dressy too.  They are lovely for fall but I think worn with the right colors, they can be worn in any season.  They are crawlers so you wear the leaves going up towards the top of your ear.  
There are SO many items on my Just Jewelry site!  You have to go over and check it out!  I can't believe how many awesome things they are adding everyday!

Brady is starting to take flute lessons.  We have to pay for them since music has been cut from elementary schools in California.  All purchases will go towards his music education.  Have a great day, friends!  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fell off the Crafting Wagon...

Hi friends!  Long time no talk!  A lot has happened in the last few weeks and it's just busy and made me so tired.  The kiddos have finally hit a stride with school which is awesome!  We have small obstacles with that but I'm hoping we'll overcome them soon.

At the beginning of August, I tried to start The 100 Days Project.  I did ok for a few days and then fell off the crafting wagon.  I got some news from a doctor that took me off guard and I kind of just felt knocked on my bum.  I will be FINE, it's a set back and I just have to be proactive towards getting healthier.  However, it took me for a loop and I just didn't feel like crafting for a really long time.  Do any of you ever deal with this?  I just don't feel like I can craft through it when I feel confused or unhappy.  Do you have tips for this?  If so, please let me know!

Here are a couple of the cards I made before I stopped crafting.

I really like this card.  I made it with some Amy Tangerine Stitched paper and stickers.  I think that since I loved this little camera sticker so much that I was going to love this card no matter what.  I really like the generational stamping as well.
 

Then on the opposite side, I did not like this card at all.  I used Crate Paper Notes and Things for this one.  It's just the layout that I don't like.  I really forced this one night because I felt like I HAD to make something.  Perhaps this is why I feel like I can't craft when I don't feel so good.  I feel like everything I make turns out badly.  I do love the little heart though.

Have a great day, friends!  

Friday, August 7, 2015

Tuesday's Take 1: Washi Pocket Filler Cards

Hi friends!  I hope you are well.  We are ok.  A few of us have a little cold but it seems to pass pretty fast.  However, my oldest son is having a hard time fitting in at school so if you could think some positive thoughts for him, that would be awesome.

Today, I am sharing a project I made for my friend Cath Edvalson's new blog where she introduced a new challenge called Tuesday's Take.  You can see the first Tuesday's Take HERE.  Cath gives a prompt and you can make anything you want.  It's just about inspiration.

I decided to use the inspiration towards my The 100 Days Project and create two pocket scrapbooking cards.  I covered a 3x4 inch piece of white cardstock with washi tape.  (If you've read my blog for a while you know that I make cards like this all the time.)  I ran it through the Cuttlebug and then decided to make two cards.  I was playing with the idea of making one card but I went with two and I'm glad I did.  The first card I made just has a Project Life gird card adhered to the back and I stamped a sentiment using an Amy Tangerine roller stamp.  This card is for journaling.  The next card is a filler card.  I used the die cut and adhered it to some white cardstock.  Then I decided to go with only the colors that are on the die cut and added some enamel dots.  Now these cards can be used on the same layout or different ones.





Have a great weekend everyone!  

Monday, August 3, 2015

The 100 Days Project Share 1

Hi friends!  I hope that you are well!  We are doing pretty good.  The boys are getting in a groove with school.  Avery and I are enjoying a lot of girl time.  We had some last year but only half days.  Now, we got whole long chunks where we can go out and do all sorts of fun things without having to rush about.

In my last post, I talked about starting The 100 Days Project.  I'm hoping I can make it through this project to get my creativity going and to get in the practice of creating again.  I've started making a lot of excuses for myself.  I'll want to craft but I'll be too tired or I don't want to pull all my stuff out or a million other things.  I decided on pocket scrapbooking cards because they are smaller and they are more relevant to me.  I have stacks and stacks of greeting cards that I barely use but I love working on my albums and looking through my albums especially with my kids.

Here the the cards I've made so far:

Day 1: A very simple patriotic card for my 4th of July layout.  The die cut card is from Simple Stories and is backed with a Project Life grid card.  I added some silver Thickers, some Freckled Fawn stars, and some MME enamel dots.  I wanted to keep it simple because there's a lot going on in the photos for that week.


Day 2:  I was feeling uninspired this day so I figured out I should pull out something that I really liked and try to use that.  I used a line from Pebbles called Happy Day and it's just have favorite!  It has cameras, coffee cups, pizza, Chinese takeout boxes, and more.  All the elements are from the collection except the Recollections white and gray enamel dots.


Day 3:  I worked on a layout today and this is a card I made to go on the layout.  It is for the week my boys went back to school.  We are doing year round school this year so they started mid-July.  All the elements are from the DCWV Edumacation collection.  I don't usually buy DCWV anymore since I just feel like it's way too much paper for me and I don't think it comes with matching embellishments but I just fell in love with this collection.  With the exception of the alpha stickers (from the Target Dollar Spot), everything is from the Edumacation collection.  I fussy cut the scalloped circle and the apple from patterned paper.


If you decide you want to try The 100 Days Project, let me know so we can encourage one another!  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The 100 Days Project

Hi friends!  I hope that you are well.  I'm still dealing with my shoulder injury but it seems to be getting better.  I'm sure it will be fine in a few days.

A gal I follow on Instagram, Natalie Elphinstone, has been doing this challenge of sorts called The 100 Days Project.  Basically, you do a creative task everyday for 100 days and you record your efforts.  She was doing hers with pocket scrapbooking cards and I just LOVE that idea!  I also loved reading her captions about what she was trying, why she made what she did, and what she was learning about her her style.  I haven't been crafting regularly and I need it.  I can feel that I'm not centered.


I made this 3x4 card today.  I don't love it but I think that's part of the process, to figure out what your style is and to experiment with techniques and products.  I used papers from Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy.  The enamel dots are from My Mind's Eye, the doily is from Recollections, and I used Whisker Graphics Gold Metallic Divine Twine.  

I have a small group of friends who will be attempting this challenge with me.  We have a Facebook group to support each other and share our creations.  We are starting on August 1.  If you'd like to join, please message me on Facebook or drop me an email.  Have a wonderful day, friends!  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Orange You Sweet

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well today!  I'm ok.  I actually feel like I pulled or tweaked something in my shoulder.  Do you have any tips for that?  If you do, please share them below.  I've tried ibuprofen, ice, and some ointment so far and only getting temporary relief.  


Today, I'm sharing a card I made at my friend Rachel's crop.  Rachel is a Close to My Heart consultant and she always has items out for us to do a make and take.  I always try to do something different from her example because I only like to share cards/projects on my blog that have my own spin on them.  This card is inspired by my son Parker who LOVES the color orange.  He also thinks puns are really fun (he's 6) so I knew he would get a kick out of this card.  This is just a card with stamping and some inking.  No patterned paper and no embellishments!  Can you believe it?  We were only given 2 pieces of paper to work with or I would have put the sentiment on orange paper and then cut it out.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Best: July 26, 2015

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are pretty good.  We are settling into a routine with school now.  It's a little weird to be going to school in the summer but I'm sure it will be great in the fall when we are off school and everything is empty.


1. Perfectly Posh lip balm.  I'm obsessed with this balm!  It works GREAT on my lips!  My lips have been soft and smooth since I've started using it.  My lips are normally very dry and lots of the products I've tried make my lips flaky and peel.  I'm going to order the set of these balms and get rid of all the other ones I have.  My lips have never felt better.


2. Starbucks Mango Black Tea Lemonade.  Starbucks got rid of the Valencia Orange Refresher which made me super sad BUT they did come out with the Mango Black Tea Lemonade that I really love so I guess it's ok.  The tea is perfect for me!  It's sweet but not too sweet, fruity, a little tart, and very refreshing!

3.  This amazing fresh corn hack!  Oh my goodness!  I have tried almost every method on Pinterest to get great tasting corn that is simple.  I've tried grilling, baking in the over, boiling, etc...  This is the easiest and BEST way for me.  We usually do 5 minutes for one ear of corn for our microwave or 8 minutes for 2 ears.  You throw in the whole ear of corn, no need to wash or husk.  You cut it about 1 inch from the bottom of the corn (not the stem) and then I use a potholder when I squeeze the corn out.  It leaves me with juicy, sweet corn with NO SILKS!  I LOVE corn on the cob and finding this hack has made me SO SO SO HAPPY!  (photo is from Pinterest)


What are your favorites from this week?  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Best: July 19, 2015

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are ok.  Avery got a fever today so we are at home trying to take it easy.  I hope we still get to celebrate National Ice Cream Day though, apparently that is today.

I'm posting another Sunday Best today, it's like a weekly favorites list.  Do you guys like these?  If so, please leave me a comment.  I feel like no one likes them so I might stop doing them.


1. Reign tv show.  A couple of my girlfriends suggested this TV show to me and I decided to give it a try.  I really like it!  It's about Mary Queen of Scots and it's on the CW.  Just FYI, I do feel like the show is in the typical style of The CW which is to say it's a bunch of good looking people in revealing clothes and some pop music.  I like the show despite these things.  I don't think that the pop music or the revealing clothes add to this show like they would to a show like Gossip Girl (which I've never seen, I'm just guessing.)  I like period dramas and this show has a lot of intrigue to me.  I'm interested to see how it unfolds.  I'm about half way through season 1.

2.  Still the One by Jill Shalvis.  I really liked this book.  This is the first time I've read Jill Shalvis and I enjoyed her writing style and the ebb and flow of her book.  I fell in love with the characters.  This book is one of a series however I read it as a stand alone and it works out just fine for me.  I really related to Darcy and her abandonment issues and her fears after her accident.  I really feel like that almost immediately makes me like a book.

What were your favorites from this week?  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that next week is kind to you, especially Monday.  :)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Fives: Back to School

Hi friends!  I hope that you are doing well!  We are ok.  School started this week for my boys.  We are on a system called year round which has the children in school for 3 months and then off for 1 month rather than the traditional in for 9 months off for 3 months.  This is our first year with year round and I hope that we like it.  And since school is on my brain, I made a list of the things I cannot go without for school.



1. Backpacks and lunch boxes from Toys R Us.  I mostly just care about the backpacks.  Toys R Us has the best character backpacks when it comes to quality.  My kids really only like character backpacks.  I'm sure when they get older, we can just get plain backpacks but I'm ok with this for now.  I've tried buying backpacks at Target, Walmart, and Amazon and none of them work.  At all.  Last year, I returned 2 backpacks to Target within 1 week of purchasing each of them.  The second time, I said forget it and drove across town to Toys R Us.  My kids backpacks last all year long.  That's all I really ask.  They would probably last longer but I allow them to get a new backpack each year as their tastes change.  Toys R Us runs a special every summer where when you buy a backpack ($12.99 or more) you can get a FREE lunchpail.  Their lunch boxes work fine but I've never had an issue with a lunch box from any other store.  I just love that they are FREE!

2.  Ice packs from the Target Dollar Spot.  Sorry for the crappy photo of these!  I meant to snap one during the day in the package but that didn't work out.  I really love these $1 ice packs for lunch boxes.  They are pretty durable and nontoxic (in case they do leak.)  They keep the lunch cold until after school.  I like these a lot more than the really hard plastic ones because I feel like these stay colder longer.  I bought 6 of them this year and I wish I had grabbed more just in case they get lost or thrown away by mistake.  Freeze these flat and they'll last longer.  We actually still have a couple from last year.  Just get them early or your poor little boys will have to carry flower ones to school all year like mine did last year.

3.  Thermos Funtainer 12oz bottle.  This is one of my favorite baby items too so you might have seen it on my blog before.  I'm a HUGE fan of Thermos!  I love to drink icy cold water and do not like warm water.  These keep things cold for up to 12 hours.  My kids start school when it is still very hot so it's important to me that they have nice, cold water so they don't dehydrate or get heat stroke.  These bottles are great.  I put ice and water in them in the morning and they keep it cold even passed after school activities.  They also come in cute designs.  (I actually have the 18oz bottle for myself and take it with me everywhere.)

4.  Ticonderoga Pencils.  Every teacher the kids have ever had asks for these pencils.  They are easier to sharpen and last a lot longer than novelty pencils.  The eraser ACTUALLY erases things.  They also make a thicker pencil for smaller kids who are learning to write and I get those too.

5. Travel sized Purell with jelly wrap.  I hang these on the outside of my kids's backpacks.  They are to use them if they sneeze and can't wash their hands or before they eat.  My kids don't usually finish all their food at lunch time since they want to play.  They usually start pulling food out of their backpacks right after school so I ask them to use hand sanitizer before eating since they touch a lot of school supplies that other children touch all day long.

What are your back to school must haves?  (I forgot to add wine!)  ;)  Please leave me a comment if you find these lists helpful.  I feel like I'm just writing them for myself.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Fives: YouTube Beauty Gurus

Hi friends!  I hope you're doing well!  We are ok.  My boys are going to start on year round school next week.  :(  Year round is where they go to school for three months and then are off for one month instead of having three months off for summer.  It's our first year in this kind of school and I'm a bit nervous.

Today, for my Friday Fives, I'm sharing my top 5 favorite YouTube Beauty Gurus.  I love makeup but I'm not the most creative at applying it nor do I often venture out to try new products.  That is why I count on YouTube to help me out.  I LOVE watching beauty videos!  These are 5 of my favorites though I do have many many more ladies that I watch.


1. Beauty Broadcast with Emilynoel83.  Emily is adorable!  I love her personality and her style!  She was the very first beauty guru I subscribed to on YouTube and she remains my favorite!  She loves drug store makeup which is a plus for me because I don't like to spend a lot of money on products.  She also has great looks with a lot of different colors but are very wearable.  She is clear and concise. She's genuine.  You can tell that she gives her HONEST opinion on products and that's important.

2. Making up the Midwest with Bailey B.  Bailey is a lot like Emily.  She is honest and to the point.  I like that.  She doesn't spend a lot of time rambling which makes me feel like she respects my time.  I don't often have 45 minutes to watch a YouTube video and I think Bailey knows that so she keeps her videos short and on point.  She speaks with a lot of authority but she's still young and fun.

3. Glam Life Guru with Tati.  I like this girl!  She's a little sassy and a little sarcastic like me.  She doesn't seem to take herself too seriously which I like.  She gives great information and tips.  She constantly creating a lot of new content.

4. Allison Anderson.  I really like Allison's subdued style both in personality and in makeup.  She seems like a calm, sweet friend that would be nice to spend the afternoon with.  She just has this girl next door sweetness that draws you in.  I like that her looks are very wearable and elegant.

5. Xteener.  Christine is a combination of fun, edgy, and very authoritative.  I think it's important to speak with authority when you are trying to teach people things.  I think Christine's looks are a bit trendier but she gives great information and she tells ways to tone it down if you don't want to look so bold.

Who are your favorite YouTube beauty gurus?  Let me know in the comments!  Have a great day, friends!  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Come Flutter With Us This September!

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are ok.  Sadly, I didn't make it through my first day at home with the kids by myself.  After lunch, I got overwhelmingly tired and D had to work from home and I took a 3 hour nap.  I'm hoping I was just tired for all the July 4th celebrations.  Fingers crossed that today is a better day.

Today, I want to extend an invitation to all my friends to come Flutter for Unravel with us in September.  Last year, we took the leap and bought a Flutter kit.  We snuck around and went to tons of houses of friends and strangers and collected money for Unravel Pediatric Cancer.  We gained so much momentum.  There were days when I wanted to quit but we had SO many people cheering us on that we just couldn't.  Our family raised $1774.  Our original goal was $500 and I was afraid we wouldn't be able to reach that.

We taught our children about service and taking action when you see that something isn't right.  We taught them that even as kids, they could help other kids.  We made so many amazing memories!  My kids asked for months after it was over to go out Fluttering.  They told me they missed it.

I want you all the consider taking this leap and doing this with your family.  You can even get a friend and go in on one kit together so you're each only responsible for 2 weeks.  Help raise money for Pediatric Cancer which is the #1 killer of children in the US but gets less than 4% of the government funding for Cancer.  Seven children die everyday from cancer.  Here's your chance to help in a fun way.  You can purchase your Flutter Kit HERE.  Brady even drew a picture last year to show you how easy it is.  :)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Bests: July 5, 2015

Hi friends!  I hope you're all well!  We are doing pretty good.  Today is the first day since I got sick that I'm on my own with the kids.  I think we will do good.  We are just staying home and relaxing after staying up late to watch fireworks last night.

Here are my favorites of this week:

1.   Babyganics Insect Repellent.  I don't know about you but in California as soon as the sun starts to set, bugs come out in abundance!  We HAVE to use bug spray if we are going to be outside or we'll be covered in bites.  I like this bug spray because it's all natural, plant based, and has no color or fragrance.  Two of my kids have eczema and extremely sensitive skin and this works great on them without irritating their skin.  I highly recommend this!



2.  Butterfly Reflections Ink is having a sale while Vanessa is on vacation.  This is one of my favorite craft stores and you know I love a sale!  She always has the newest goodies and the prices are already below retail so getting a coupon on top of that is amazing!

3.  Minion Happy Meals.  I know that McDonald's isn't healthy and we only go there once in a while but these Minion Happy Meals were too cute to pass up!  They come in a Minion box, they have a Minion toy, and even the apple slices have a picture of a Minion on them.  You don't even have to buy food to get them though.  You can just go to McDonald's and order the toy which is WAY better than paying $10+ for them at the toy store.  These are usually right about $2 if you get them without the meal.


What are your favorites this week?  Anything I should check out?  Leave me a comment and let me know!  Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Bests June 28, 2015

Hi friends!  I hope you are well!  We are ok.  It is getting hot hot hot here!  I hope you are staying cool wherever you live.

Here are my Sunday Bests for this week.

1. Watermelon Lemonade from Bath and Body Works.  This scent is my absolute favorite for summer!  I actually like it all year long.  (I don't mind summer scents all year long but I only like fall/winter scents during fall/winter.  Is that weird?)  I've tried ALL of the Watermelon Lemonade products from B&BW except the Wallflower because that's not a product I use at all.  I love everything I've tried but I think the 3 wick candle is my favorite.  The scent fills the house and it burns for a good amount of time.
2. Valencia Orange Refresher with 1 pump of peach syrup from Starbucks.  I can't believe I haven't taken a photo of this.  My friend Leslie Ashe was the one who recommended to add in the pump of peach.  It really does take the flavor to the next level.  It's a small caffeine boost, nice for the afternoon, and it's very fruity and refreshing.  Also, I've tried getting the Refreshers that you can buy packaged and I do not like them nearly as much as the drink you order from Starbucks.  That's just my opinion.

3. Do It on a Dime YouTube Channel.  I love Kathryn and her peppy attitude!  Her tips for organizing with Dollar Tree items are just my favorite!  I've implemented several of her tips into my home and I LOVE them!  I'm not good as organizing and I love that Kathryn makes me feel like I can do it on a small budget.  She also has fun and inexpensive DIY projects and frugal recipes too.  She inspires me a lot!

4.  Just Jewelry Wayfarer Sunglasses*.  These are a MUST HAVE for summer.  I currently have the brown pair that is sold out but these are the same ones just in black.  I've had mine for almost 1.5 years and they are still going strong.  I love the way they look on my face!  They flatter my larger face shape and the fit is nice, no sliding off my face.  I'm going to pick up these black ones next just to have a backup.  *(This link will lead you to my personal JJ site and if you order, I will receive commission.)
That's all for this week.  What are YOUR weekly favorites?  Leave them in a comment below, I'd love to check them out!  

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Fives: Current TV Sitcoms

Hi friends!  I hope you're doing well!  We are ok.  I'm very slowly getting better.  My mom just left after spending 3 weeks here to help me out and we'll see how the next week goes.  Wish us luck!

While I was doing the Sunday Bests for the last week, I just had a thought that there were so many things that I like that I've never shared on my blog.  I've decided to do a weekly top 5 list.  There are so many things that I want to share like my favorite tv shows, my favorite beauty YouTube gurus, my makeup favorites,  books that I like to read over and over, things I like to drink, and just everything.  I think I will keep up the Sunday Bests as those are a weekly favorite of what I like right at that moment whereas Friday Fives will be all different things and who knows what will happen as it progresses.

Since TV is on hiatus for the summer, I thought I'd share 5 of my favorite sitcoms that are still running.  If they sound interesting to you, you could binge watch them and be caught up for the fall season!

1. Undateable.  This is such a funny ensemble cast!  The premise is that there's a group of friends who are all quirky, awkward, and undateable.  You get to watch as they fumble their way in and out of dating relationships.  The show is ridiculous and funny.

2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  I've mentioned this show before in a Sunday Best but I still love it.  It was probably my absolute favorite show of 2014.  Andy Samberg is the main character and he's so funny! This show also has a great ensemble cast.  It deals with the humorous side of being police officers and the relationships that they form.  This is one of the first shows in a very long time that I have re-watched.  I've seen every episode at least twice.

3. Big Bang Theory.  I'm sure you all already watch this show.  It's about a group of geeky guys and their neighbor who lives across the hall who is trying to become an actress.  The show has progressed beyond that as the characters have grown up a bit and gotten into relationships.  This is the show that most closely relates to my life as my husband and his friends are very much into video games, sci-fi, gadgets, etc... whereas myself and my friends tend to go more towards pop culture.

4. Fresh off the Boat.  I wrote a whole blog post about this show.  As a daughter of Asian immigrant parents, this show makes me laugh my butt off!  Some of the things that happen are SO ridiculous but they really did happen to me!  Like when the mom won't let the kids turn on the air conditioner in the summer because it costs too much money.  I guess that isn't THAT ridiculous but it strikes a cord with me.  I think this show just shows a culture that people might not know a lot about but they show it in such a funny way.

5. The Middle.  This show is about a family with three kids, two boys and one girl.  (Sound familiar?)  And while that's about all we have in common with this family, the struggle and hilarity in being a family just carries through every family.  It's a hard working stoic dad, a chatty mom that tries to bring her family together but doesn't always do it in the right way, a teenage son that's too cool for everyone, a sweet teenage daughter who strives to be something, anything, and an awkward younger son who has a lot of quirks.  I enjoy the dynamics and how REAL family life is portrayed on this show.