Would You Let Your 1st Grader Ride the Bus with High Schoolers?

School started this week in our little city. Having bought the new house last Spring, we had the joy of switching school districts. Our oldest son has been excited all summer about the new school for first grade, the new friends, and... the bus. I was also excited about the bus; he didn't ride last year and I envisioned so much more free time without the drop off and pick up and wait, wait, wait. That is, I was excited about the bus until I learned that the bus held Kindergarten through 12th grade. Uh, no thanks. ...more
My kids don't ride the bus now but did in first and second grade, with kids all the way through ...more

Preschool is a big deal

My life is about to change pretty drastically.  I don't mean to be all dramatic about it, but it's true.  Beginning this Friday, my oldest, Miles, will begin attending preschool three half-days a week....more

Back-to-School Tradition: A Fancy Dinner

Our Fancy Back to School Dinner allows us to come together as a family to enjoy a meal and pray for the upcoming school year. We call it a “Fancy Dinner” because it gives us a chance to set the table for a multi-course meal with real dinning ware, get dressed up and practice our manners....more

5 Ways to Spend Less on Back To School Shopping

According to a recent Women & Co back-to-school survey, not only do mothers spend more on their children’s fall wardrobes than they do on their own, but they can on average expect to spend id="mce_marker"31 on new clothes and $48 on school supplies per child. No wonder the National Retail Federation reports that the average family will spend nearly $690 this back-to-school season....more

Start Writing....I finally just sat down

I did it.  I sat down at my keyboard and started to write.  I didn’t check my email, look at Facebook, start a load of laundry, clean the kitchen.....ok, well I am rarely distracted by the dirty dishes.  I just sat down to write....more


We've got a whole lot of change going on here at the Crazy Train in the next couple of weeks.  I know you've heard the whole "change is good" nonsense that people like to spew about.  Hell, even I make this comment from time to time!  But I don't usually say this in reference to me and mine.  At my house, change is most decidedly B. A. D....more

Back to School Cupcakes

These flourless chocolate pistachio cupcakes are perfect on their own as a snack or, as a back to school theme, topped with vanilla buttercream and marzipan apples. http://www.sweetopia.net@sweetopia (twitter)...more

8 Dorm Room or Teen Spaces Decorating Ideas

Hey man, if these walls could talk. It seems like rooms go through alot of change. Have you ever thought about this? Prob not, unless you were an awkward only child like I was. Or maybe I was not awkward, just afraid of people. That's all. Kidding! Anywho-- I'm in the process of transitioning my co-sleeping baby, into an independent mother of three-- wait, that's me. But, I will be starting the process of weaning my little one, and getting her ready for her own bed....more

Athena's Going Back to School with Famous Footwear

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. ...more

Endings and Beginnings