A Whole Lotta Gardening

Life has been full lately. A beautiful, tasty, diverse kind of full. But, so full that some afternoons all I want to do is nap. Curl up on top of my clean bed, babe in arms, and drift off. Not for a long while, just a half hour. Alas, Reality Check: Babe is hardly a babe anymore. He's 1 already. Wah! Babe only takes one short nap a day. One very short nap. And, twenty minute nap usually occurs before the afternoon lethargy hits....more

Baby Battles

http://thedailydoty.blogspot.com/2011/04/baby-battles.html...more

I'm spent, and for once, it's not my kid's fault.

I'm drained. It's been one of those weeks. The kind where you're sort of surprised when you finally see the end of it, but you're too tired to do much by way of celebration.I got a new job.It's a good one. One that I'm excited about. One that brings in more money, is closer to home, and a whole host of other reasons why it's so good for me, for my family right now. I know it's the path I'm meant to go down....more

Oh yes. It was definitely a Monday.

Nothing big. It's just all those little annoying things that keep on happening. Like deciding to fix your vacuum cleaner at 8:00 am (to vacuum up the millions of dried puff fragments off the carpet) only to get it clogged on chewed up dog bone bits and have to take the damn thing apart.  Or accidentally hitting your child in the head (and knocking him over) while moving the exersaucer. Or tripping over the open dishwasher that you swore you'd keep closed now that you have a rugrat in the kitchen....more

Anticipation

http://thedailydoty.blogspot.com/2011/04/anticipation.html...more

God's Message in Unexpected Places

If you follow my blog or follow my FB then you have read about my struggle with post-partum depression and anxiety.  For me, it has really been more about the anxiety and yesterday as I read about the anniversary of the loss of a child I knew I had a difficult time as I imagined what that loss must feel like.  I know what I imagine cannot even come close to how painful that must truly be.  As I lay in bed crying Paul kept asking me what was wrong and I asked him how he doesn't worry about SIDS.  He said honestly the only time he thinks about it at all is when I bring it ...more

My Angels Angel...

I remember when Heather first called me… “We want to bring you dinner” We? The new boyfriend that I met a few weeks prior? He seems nice enough… and encouraging her to spend time with me gets a bonus point… “I would love that” I know there is more to this… I knew immediately… But I didn’t let my conscious mind wrap itself around that yet… and looked forward to the visit instead…. Tuesday night… 5:45 pm… phone rings.....more

9 Party Decorating Tips - Take it to the Next Level

Last week, my daughter Thea and I were invited by Party City to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina to attend a four-day/eight-parties weekend extravaganza. The sponsored series of events included attending a Football Kickoff Party, a Baby Shower, a Carnival, a Spongebob Birthday Party, a Rock Star Party, a Halloween Party, an Oscar Worthy Movie Night and a Girls Night-In Party. Whew, I am exhausted but inspired!...more

The Great Sellout: Legal Tips for Using eBay, Craigslist and Amazon to Sell Goods

Hyper-Consumerism The words, "We're having a baby" are basically synonymous with "We're about to become hyper consumers." If you have childre...more

DIY: Nursery Wall Mural

 Yesterday I finally got around to painting the wall mural in the nursery :) I am kind of in love with birch trees because of their gorgeous white bark and the way they grow so skinny and tall. ...more

I love your wall decor. Great job and painting those trees. I would have taken the easy way ...more