Thankful Bucket Garland...A Thanksgiving Family Tradition

Fall is a time for slowing down, enjoying incredible weather, and time with friends. This year, we started a couple of new family traditions. Today, I'll show you how to create this adorable fall, Thankful Bucket Garland. This project is perfect for creating an interactive way for your family and friends to express their gratitude during this Thanksgiving season. Simply leave little notes of thanks in the sweet buckets!...more
I am taking the idea a bit abbreviated - but it this has inspired me to get the family in a ...more

Community is what you make it

It’s been a little over a year since we moved into our new home.  The leap of faith we took to change homes, neighborhoods and schools has been a good thing for us....more

The Effects of a Miscarriage on the Next Baby

Did you know that a child conceived after a miscarriage can be affected negatively? I had no clue until recently.It really is such a simple and obvious emotional and spiritual dynamic but one that most of us are oblivious to....more

Our Kids & The Lost Arts

I am a proponent of technology.  In many ways, the continuing advancement of technology makes our lives easier, compact, and self-sufficient.  At the click of a mouse or the swipe of a finger on a smart phone, we can basically run and execute our lives from anywhere at anytime.  Modern technology has advanced the health care industry, the automotive industry and even the food industry to the point of making our lives, for the most part, better.  <...more

Easy Starts in the Morning

Birdytell's Favorite Back to School Gear for 2014.

As summer break comes to a screeching halt, it's time to hone in on the best options for back to school gear. We took on the massive undertaking of sorting through the retail madness, so you don't have to waste a precious minute of valuable vacation time. Rest assured, we value awesomeness over deep pockets, so nothing on this list is sponsored.We included items for the youngest students all the way up to the seasoned college crew. There is a lot to love out there, but this list is concise to maximize your leisure time....more

Reforming Play-dough: What to Do with Other Peoples' Expectations???

We all do it, we expect things from other people and when we don’t get what we were expecting we feel disappointed. Now this blog isn’t about how we need to keep our expectations in check although that is true, it’s about other people’s expectations of us??? How should we handle what others think about us and expect from us???...more

Oops: Words from a Mum of Nine

Forget about being efficent or productive when you are interacting with tiny children; you will save yourself hours of agitated frustration on your part and angry resistance from your little ones.- melanie jean juneau Art by Mary Cassat...more

The Blessing of a Sick Husband and a Good Friend

It's been one of those days.  The kind that start by being woken up at 3 a.m. and end in exhaustion on the sofa far too many hours later.  The type where you find out just who your real friends are....more