Toys to Grow with your Baby and Toddler

Many toys seem to come and go in our house, but it is so nice when I see my kids (now 4 and almost 2) continue to play with certain toys months-- or even years-- after they first receive them.  I love it even more if both of my kids will play with a toy at the same time. ...more

There's a Lego underfoot

When I first lived alone, I was mildly afraid of the dark. I would hate investigating weird noises by myself and refused to leave the perceived safety of my bed in the middle of the night.As a mom, I am afraid of the dark for a completely different reason: I am pretty sure I am going to step on a Lego....more

11 Ways to Organize Your Playroom for Moms Who Hate Toys, Playing, and Pinterest

If you’re looking for a color coordinated wall of bins, or a toy bin label printable, you've come to the wrong place. I buy my bins at Walmart, and I don’t actually know what a printable is or why we would call it that. Isn't anything on your computer screen technically printable? Anyway…...more
CRAP TO THROW OUT WHEN KIDS NAP is my favorite. Great job -more

Toys Toys and more toys!!

I'm not sure how my girls don't feel like they are drowning each time they enter their bedrooms.  There are toys everywhere!!  I know that most kids' rooms aren't clean, and I don't really expect them to be as tidy as the rest of the house.  But I'm not joking when I tell you that last year, my youngest daughter hid an Easter egg in her room (a real one) and we didn't find it until 3 months later, resting in a corner underneath about 10 stuffed animals. Anyway, the closets are probably the worst.  They are stacked with toys upon toys upon toys....more

Great Sex Doesn't End at 40

I love a good steamy love scene on TV. Reading about BDSM in 50 shades of gray is enough to make me salivate. I sometimes think about making a "naughty" movie of myself for my lover. I must have about three sexy pieces of lingerie that I secretly bought (and didn’t tell anyone about) over the years. So what’s stopping me from letting loose?I’m old....more
Great post!  I think exercise with light cardio, light to medium weights and lots of Yoga which ...more

Six ways to repurpose powdered milk tins.

And why would we need to keep all that s***, taking up valuable space?My husband had that look. I know I better have a very good explanation ready, to ease his punctual and organized mind. I'm not a hoarder, but in my husband's eyes, I will quickly become one if he'd let me. Maybe he's even right about that.Anyway, the *** he's referring to is a series of up til now, 7 big powdered toddler-milk tins. Number 8 will soon be added to the collection. They are, indeed, big. And noisy. But, I keep them for a reason. For a number of reasons actually....more

WOW

  “Hey Live!”I turned around to see Aaron was back and standing there in all smiles in his self glory of knowing he still had a small part of my heart.  If only he knew he had the softest, weakest and pointy part of the heart. Aaron started peeking through and buying items, between his fun, only to see Maz multiple visits. I had to tell the sisters about him too.“Hell! Don’t stop them. Take all of their money.”Like I said two hours of Maz and Aaron trying to see what the other was up too....more

Breaking News: LEGO Fails Girls (Again)

Oh LEGO. You’ve gone and done it again.In April 2012 representatives from your company met with SPARK.  After that meeting I had such hope that there would be change in your approach to toy design. Admittedly, I let things slide. I got busy and stopped paying attention for a while so I didn't know where things stood. Then today I saw this:...more

Guys and dolls (no, not the musical)

If I was to give my son a baby doll today, he would hand it back to me with a "no thank you, Mommy," and continue playing with a car or truck. I know this, because I've tried it. This just tells me that...more

Assembly Required - On Christmas Toy Setup

Christmas toys. They come in boxes. They look small and tidy. And easy. They lie.  Take the teeny, tiny trampoline I got for my girls for Christmas this year, for example. It came in a small, flat box, it's only about 3.5 feet wide, max, and it didn't even have springs! Piece of cake, right? Hell, I could set that up myself. Or not. ...more