Why I Hate Back-to-School

My kids hate the start of the school year. This is completely understandable, of course. They’ve basically lounged around doing nothing for the past three months, so going back to a structured routine seems like unfair punishment. They whine and complain and act like they’re aging hippies suddenly forced to put on a suit and tie and go work for The Man instead of selling water pipes at Phish concerts. School just totally harshes their mellow....more
Hahahhahha! SpongeBob vocab to prep for school. I need to try that one. I'm staring into the ...more

Sounds of Silence

Today I slept unusually late. JP stayed at my parent’s house while Mommy and Daddy enjoyed a much-needed night out so I didn’t have him or my alarm clock to rouse me from my sleep. Even so, I slept passed 9 o’clock and was somewhat startled when I woke and saw the numbers 9:35 blinking on my nightstand. My first thought was how quiet the house seemed without the usual bustle of JP’s chatter or the drone of the television. But I soon realized the silence went deeper than that. The windows were open and there was a noticeable absence of outside noises as well....more

No More Messes

The dog got sick last night on boy child’s bed. He took to the stairs, all hands and feet, to tell us.  Sliced through a dream I never would’ve remembered had I not been wakened in its midst.             The beautiful blonde boy who lives three doors down in the castle-looking house? His folks fussed him out for making his like-Drew-Barrymore-in-E.T. little sister have bad dreams.             “Give her good ones,” the parents said....more
@victorias_view Our big girl leaves for college next Thursday. I wish we could be spending tons ...more

Pimp My Locker

Transform a school locker from drab to fab with LockerLookz fashionable locker decorations. Designed specifically with girls in mind that, especially those that want to make a personal statement of style beyond what they wear. LockerLookz has the perfectly coordinated set of accessories that are not only hip (do teens still say that? I think maybe not…) but also functional....more

Gone Fishing

Well, not really.  But, today is the first day of school and this is how I am celebrating!...ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more

Sleeping Cats, Back to School Time, and the Link Between the Two

Garden Gatherings, by the Norwegian Artist, Steve Henderson   It's amazing what you can learn by sitting on the porch all afternoon, watchin...more

Two More Days...But Who's Counting?

Two more days until the girls go back to school.  Less than 48 hours in a summer that hasn’t been very much fun. It has been the summer of RADishes, a three month struggle to help our daughters maneuver through the trials of reactive attachment disorder.  At times, it has been a nightmare....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more

GoPicnic - Healthy, Complete On-the-Go Meals

 We have gave GoPicnic ready-to-eat meals a mention in our Concert in the Park story but felt that this great product deserved to be featured on its own. Created by a flight attendant Julia Stamberger in 2006, GoPicnic meals were first offered on major U.S. airlines as an alternative to the costly but poor quality in-flight meals (you know the kind. Ewww.). The GoPicnic solution?...more

Back to School - Keep it Simple

I don't know about you, but I really don't want this summer to end....more

Collecting New & Used Tote Bags and Backpacks to Help Families Access Food Pantries

A new project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is seizing the imagination of a wide range of partners.  The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project collects new and gently used tote bags for redistribution to clients of the region's food pantries. The projects partners with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank which serves 120,000 people each month through 300+ pantries.  Other partners include sustainable/organic food co-ops, a building materials recycling project, the regional convention center and do...more