Nine...aka Stop Growing Up

"A Daughter is someone you laugh with, dream with, and love with all your heart" -Unknown...more

lessons in parenthood – live in the moment

 i have a messy room. dirty laundry. more work than can be thought of. and a happy child.today i was at work for literally 11 hours. i’ve been up since 4:30am. i’m exhausted and have so much to do that it’s mind blowing. but in all honesty, none of that matters too much. dirty laundry will still be there. my room will still be messy. work will still need to get done. but my child? well, she deserves me in the now....more

Patriotic S'mores Bar and Caramel Macchiato Spread

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsMakeSmores #CollectiveBias #sponsored...more

Memories of Longmeadow

Once upon a time there was a house, located in a valley, on a street named Longmeadow Drive. A house surrounded with beauty by nature and the toil of hands. This house was a haven for the occupants and in addition ...more

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Sleep. Sweet, glorious sleep. I've always been blessed with children who love to sleep. In fact, the only problem I have is getting them to realize it's bedtime. I definitely have three little minions who love the nightlife. But, once they're asleep, they sleep hard. Which is awesome because I big puffy heart love sleep....more

Postcards and letters still matter

Postcards and letters still matter to some people. Don’t dismiss these as a form of communication just because we live in an internet age. Much as I am an internet junkie, and, in fact, thought about calling myself iPaula since I own everything starting with an “i”, hope you are reading this Apple, not everyone is like me. Well actually most people are, but some .. like my mother … are not. ...more

To My Daughter's First Love On Father's Day

Dear Husband,...more

The Long Walk Home

As a kid, I remember things my parents would do that I just hated. And I remember always thinking to myself that when I had kids there was NO WAY I'd do that to them. Nope. That was just mean and not cool. You hear that Mom and Dad...NOT COOL.And then you grow up and have kids and suddenly you find yourself sounding A LOT like your parents. I mean, sometimes you say things exactly how they did. Word for word verbatim. And you're all like, "HOLY CRAP. Did I really just say that to my kids. I SAID I'D NEVER SAY THAT!!!!"...more

Homemade Fluffy Marshmallows

I feel like I'm done adulting. Like I totally need an adulting break. Just take me away to a tropical island with no responsibilities for a good week or two...or a month or five. And yes, the kids can totally come as long as they are the ones doing the adulting. I mean whose idea was it to give adults SO MANY responsibilities?!...more

The Year of the Threenager

Threenagers. I mean, I don't know that I actually have the words to describe exactly what a threenager is. During all three pregnancies, I was always asked by random people if I was already preparing for the two's. Oh those terrible two's, they would tell me. I would laugh it off and just say that I was absolutely ready for anything my kids could throw my way. And I totally was. The two's were a breeze with all my kids and I always thought that I was the lucky one, blessed with kids who loved me so much that the terrible two's didn't happen.Enter the threenager....more
Denise SO awesome and frustrating all at the same time. They learn and grow so much but not ...more