Do you have any experience with toddlers? Maybe you have one of your own, or have even been blessed with many in your lifetime. It’s looked like a toddler factory crapped itself up in this house for the past 8 years running. That is, if I can remember what age group a toddler falls into. Maybe it’s not age and… Read More
CUDDLES NOT CODDLES Have you ever joined in the rants about kids these days? How selfish, lazy, gimme-a-trophy-for-nothing, cry about everything, smelly little punks they are? Okay, maybe the smelly part is just my opinion, and in all fairness to other kids out there, that may be due to my lack of motivation to bathe my little demons. But,… Read More
You’re starting to panic. You just realized that you can’t remember the last time he (or she) came home with flowers. Is the romance over? A million things run through your mind. Someone is to blame Are we anywhere near the 7 year itch? Actually, that one should probably be addressed by a doctor. Hmm. Maybe we should first think… Read More
Confession. I’m a screamer. I’m not talking about THAT, so this is not too much information. Or maybe it is. Maybe the whole world (slight exaggeration on how many readers I have) shouldn’t know that my vice is screaming as loud as I can. Well, I’m sure the neighbors will say “duh”. And my family, my kids, my husband, any… Read More
So many questions… It’s almost a rite of passage in a person’s life. The panic of being middle aged. The infamous midlife crisis. Do you know when you’re supposed to have yours? Do you need to prepare for it in some way? Can you have it early, like some version of perimenopause, or skip it altogether? And what is a… Read More
What is it about becoming a mom that makes you lose your ability to keep it together? Okay, I’ll be fair. It may just be me. Nope. It’s a lot of you. I know this. Because you’ve told me, or I see you trying to fake it. Even more comforting are those that don’t even try to hide it…. Read More
There are so many values to teach our children, right? Empathy can be a hard one for little ones, who so often believe the world revolves around their a** only. You may believe that empathy wouldn’t be something discussed in our house, if you read Our Family Suck-It Bucket. I thought maybe I should follow that one up. I… Read More
Disclosure: I did receive tickets to this event in exchange for my opinion. The opinions expressed below are mine alone, and not influenced in any way by freebies. I can’t be bought! This post also contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through my site, I could make some money! Also note: This post may contain spoilers…. Read More
This crock pot honey garlic pork roast is so delicious, and can be prepared two ways – both easy! I love coming up with just the right combination of flavors that make a dish unique, but not so fancy that the kids won’t eat it. You will find this one listed in my Easy Meal Planning post with free printables,… Read More
Your child is having nightmares. They can’t sleep, so they sure as hell aren’t going to let you leave them alone in their room . And in the dark? You must be out of your flippin mind! What are you going to do so everyone in the house can catch some z’s? I have some advice for you. Take it… Read More
It kept going through my head. Over and over. Relentless. If I was alone I would shout it out while sobbing. “How could I just leave her there?” I mean, what the hell? I’m going to play God, decide it’s her time to die, then just leave her alone in that room when it’s done? She was always by my… Read More
I’m rocking motherhood. In spite of myself. Okay, maybe that’s the wrong wording. It would mean that I didn’t want or expect to do so. I’ve wanted to since I got my first doll. I expected that I would, because my mom is so awesome at it. How could I mess it up? After more than 8 years of being… Read More
After such a huge, controversial election year, it may be hard for people to adjust to life without the drama. Sure, people will still have plenty of complaints. Hell, Obama still gets his share of ridicule, as does G.W. But, this grand idea of changing people’s minds about their choice – because that’s so likely 😉 – may have, at… Read More
My mother does this really cool thing on our 30th birthday. She writes us a beautiful letter. I wanted to do the same for my kids. But, of course, I have to max every thing out to the limit. 🙂 So began the series of letters to my children. Before each little bundle was delivered, I had written a letter… Read More
The Guardians made me do it! Is it okay to lie to our kids for any reason? I think this question comes up a lot when you’re trying to make all the best decisions as a parent. Or,trying to convince them that Santa has elves looking in the window, keeping an eye on their every awful move. How do we… Read More
Who here has had something you felt was completely inappropriate said to you while in any of the stages of having kids, not having kids, or being a parent? I know I’ve heard my fair share – some(most) said directly to me, and some overheard. As the not-so-much-recovering inappropriate that I am, I’m sure I’ve shown up on somebody else’s… Read More
My little Sunshine said “fart” tonight. This was a big moment for our family. Because our child has a speech delay. If you read my About Me page, you know that Viggo is 2. He just turned 2 this month. I’ve called him Sunshine from almost day 1. He just always has this beautiful light coming from him. His… Read More
Man’s best friend. Dogs carry this title for a reason. Put simply, they are loyal and protective of us, without judging and giving their stupid opinions about everything we do. We have human friends for that (aww, love you guys!). When I find myself in the company of a fellow “dog person”, I notice they get a little more of… Read More
You’ve heard this before, right? Articles discussing the meaning of names? This is not that. Yes, the meanings of our kids’ names were cool to read about in books or on-line. But, that’s not why we chose them. The many name books we had were used very little for origin or meaning. In the scheme of things, that meant very… Read More
Quick and Easy Crock Pot Meal Friday nights in our house can run pretty late. Jackpot usually does the grocery shopping on the way home from work. Depending on what time he left, traffic, crowd at store, and… Read More
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I haven’t been shy about bringing up my struggles in former posts, but I wanted to reach out to someone who has been truly outspoken about their own battle. While I received so much positive feedback and support after I talked a little about my depression, I know using the term “mental illness” somehow… Read More
Print out these simple but cute Spring coloring pages for young artists. Just click on the picture for your free printable! Butterfly Ladybug Spring Frog Spring Flowers Click HERE to go to the home page and see all of my categories. Something for everybody. 😉
Click on image for free printable! Blossoming Butterfly Blossoms Tribal Skull Spiro Webbed Bird Click HERE to go to the home page and see all of my categories. Something for everybody. 😉
It’s that time of year to start planning a good old-fashioned spring cleaning. But, if you’re doing it right, and you have other things going on in your life, this once a year deep clean could take weeks. The excitement of how fresh everything will look and smell quickly goes away after day 1. So, I’m going to give you… Read More
Rainy days can make for some very bored kids. Bored kids can make trouble. No thank you. So, I put together a list of things that can be done on a rainy day to keep everybody happy. I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments! Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and… Read More
I know it’s been some time, so I thought I’d better check in with anyone who has been following along. If you have, you know my last post about my weight loss journey was months ago, and it was mainly about my struggle with depression. Since I have been sharing all of this with you from the beginning, I knew… Read More
Time for another recipe from my EASY MEAL PLANNING W/FREE PRINTABLES post! This spaghetti casserole is soooo good, and is another dinner that is kid-approved! It only has a couple of extra steps if you’re already making spaghetti. You can actually make it ahead of time and freeze or have ready in casserole dish to bake when you’re ready to… Read More
Click on image to print free adult coloring page! Spiro
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Click HERE to print out this free Girl With Flowers Mother’s Day coloring page! For more Mother’s Day coloring pages, click HERE.
Click HERE to print out this free Happy Mother’s Day Flowers coloring page! For more Mother’s Day coloring pages, click HERE.
Click HERE to print out this free Happy Mother’s Day Heart coloring page! For more Mother’s Day coloring pages, click HERE.
I can’t even tell you how much I’m going to enjoy this post! Years ago, Jackpot and I saw Samuel L. Jackson on a show talking about a book that comes with an accompanying CD where he reads the story. We had to buy it. It’s based on a typical children’s nighttime story, but is written in the words of… Read More
Click HERE to print out this free I Love You, Mom Mother’s Day coloring page! For more Mother’s Day coloring pages, click HERE.
Click HERE to print out this free Boy With Flowers Mother’s Day coloring page. For more Mother’s Day coloring pages, click HERE.
Click on each picture for your free printable! Boy with Flowers I Love You, Mom Happy Mother’s Day Flowers Girl With Flowers Happy Mother’s Day Heart Click HERE to go to the home page and see all of my categories. Something for everybody. 😉
Trying to come up with the perfect Mother’s Day gift ideas can be so overwhelming! I thought I’d sort through pages of choices and find you the really beautiful, really heartfelt, really unique, or the really funny ones (Of course. So make sure you check out the link at the end to my post about funny books for parents. There will… Read More
Today I am “reviewing” a book written and illustrated by one of my readers. In her description she says: “Helga has trouble fitting in and making friends at school until she meets a new student that likes her for who she is and learns that it isn’t what’s on the outside that matters, but who you are on the inside…. Read More
Are you ever up later than usual, and happen upon a movie you haven’t seen in a long time, leading you to stay up way too late? There are some movies that can be watched again and again, and unexpectedly seeing them on your screen is a truly pleasant surprise. These have us not wanting to turn off the television,… Read More
An empty plate. That’s all I could think about as I read Jamie’s story. Her child has FPIES, a condition that must affect every moment of every day in her family’s life, never knowing what might set it off. I thought that I would have a fear every time I set a plate of food in front of my daughter…. Read More
Click on the posts you want to read and enjoy! This round up has how to Never Spring Clean Again, Rainy Day Activities, Low Candy Easter Baskets, Easter Lamb Cake, Making Bunny Tracks to Your Door, and Kids Coloring Pages. Click on each link to take you to my post. Thanks for reading, and please share to social media if… Read More
This Easter lamb cake is so adorable, you’ll want to make one every year! It really is simple,too. The secret is in your supplies. 😀 These cupcakes are really cute on the side, or all by themselves! Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive a commission…. Read More
Print out these simple but cute Easter coloring pages for young artists. Just click on the picture for your free printable! “Happy Easter” “Happy Easter” Egg Easter Egg Easter Bunny Easter Chick Click HERE to go to the home page and see all of my categories. Something for everybody. 😉
Are you looking for some Easter basket ideas that aren’t all candy? We do allow candy in our house. We’re just not crazy about how much comes through the door during holidays. They get plenty at Easter with all the egg hunts and gatherings, so we don’t feel the need to load them up with tons on Easter morning. And… Read More
Every Easter morning we’ve had Easter Bunny tracks leading up to our front door. Well, the last few years, since we moved here. Our neighbor sneaks over and does it and the kids LOVE it! So, I asked her how she does it so I can share it with all of you. First, cut out a bunny paw print…. Read More
Wait a minute. Did I just sub-title this after my husband’s ex? Anyway, I am going to share my world-famous (at least in our house?) recipe for banana bread. ANYBODY can make this in 5 minutes of prep. It’s perfect for a quick weekend breakfast or lunch, Christmas treat for friends who don’t eat your chocolate goodies – although I’m… Read More
Who else LOATHES planning their meals for the coming week in order to make the grocery list? I am usually muttering to myself, “I’d rather we just don’t eat”. Okay, you caught me. I’m usually screaming something about @#*&ing hating this part of my “job”. But, to make it a bit easier, I do have a plan. I used to… Read More
Click HERE to print. Click HERE for more Easter coloring pages.
Click HERE to print. Click HERE for more Easter coloring pages.