I'm a Horrible Mother...

Some days I feel like I've got things pretty under control. On those days that the children mostly got along with one another, and the laundry is mostly washed and mostly folded (if not mostly put away) and I've prepared a dinner that is mostly ...more

Birthdays and the Holidays: Too Much?

We just finished up two birthdays in a seven day period, all the week before Thanksgiving. Sometimes the birthdays fall the same week as Thanksgiving, and once in his seven years, our youngest son celebrated his special day on Thanksgiving. It's ...more

New Ideas for Your Elf on the Shelf!

Thanksgiving is almost here! That means a few things in our household: 1. Delicious, delicious foods will be enjoyed 2. Browsing through Black Friday ads and the start of Christmas shopping 3. Reese, our Elf on the Shelf, is returning!!! ...more

No Gifts?!

Here’s a brain teaser: A girl receives an invitation to a birthday party. The invitation specifically states “no gifts, please”. Should the girl:a) run out and buy the perfect gift for the birthday girl; she’s no Scrooge  b) show up at the party ...more

My Daughter Is Walking Her Own Path

While my eyes catch the bubbly, outgoing gals enjoying their friends in the school pick up line, my 7th grade daughter is standing off to the side, alone. She is a total introvert. In many ways, her anti-social behavior breaks my heart because ...more

What Do You Mean I'm "Spoiling" My Child?

You know what really grinds my gears? The seven words I'm willing to bet every mother has heard at some point or another: You are going to spoil that child. ...more

Fantastic & Fun Ideas for Your Hunger Games Party

With the release of Mockingjay I decided it was a great time to repost about the Hunger Games party we had in 2012. David (BEN!'s brother) is visiting and planning to go see it while he is here. Me? I love pretty much any kind of themed party. ...more

Teaching Young Children To Be Thankful

By Gena Kittner, Mommy Sanest contributor Getting a child to say “please” and “thank you” isn't terribly hard. We demand it. Want some fruit snacks? Say “please.” The Target lady just gave you a sticker, what do you say? But what I've been pondering, as the season of thankfulness is upon us, is how we teach our kids to mean it. In other words, how do we teach thankfulness? ...more
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Today Is Going To Be A Short One, Folks

Mostly because I feel like hammered crap on toast. My kids both had a respiratory virus and cough these last couple of weeks that I managed to dodge, and yesterday, it finally climbed into a truck and ran me down like some relentless terminator or something.I managed to go out and shop last night (go ahead hate on me all you want) and got all the stuff I needed and then some, so all that's left before I pick up the kids on Sunday is housecleaning, present wrapping, decorating and getting the tree up.Which I will do tomorrow.Today, I'm laying on the couch in a Dayquil haze until it gets dark outside and then I'll take the Nyquil. I might eat some soup, too.I think that's about all I can manage for now.Hope you're all having a great holiday weekend full of seasonal fun and family and friends ....more

Thanksgiving Table - Katie's How-Tos

My sister hosted her very first Thanksgiving. ...more

Thanksgiving for the win.

Yesterday was a perfect day....more

What Do You Mean I'm "Spoiling" My Child?

You know what really grinds my gears? The seven words I'm willing to bet every mother has heard at some point or another: You are going to spoil that child. ...more

Black Friday Randomness & A Giveaway!

Holy cow, I really can't believe that it's the last Friday of the month and that my BIRTHDAY is seriously in like 5 days... WOW! It's a bit crazy to imagine, but yeah... ....more

Black Friday Etsy Shop Goodies Giveaway: a $175 value!

Let's celebrate Black Friday by supporting Etsy Shop owners with a huge giveaway valued at $175! ...more

Try Giving Memories Instead of Things – Slideshows by Bari

A slideshow of memories makes a lasting, meaningful gift Do the people in your life really need that box of cheap plastic crap that you can get on sale today for $4.99? Do you really want them to open a gift that they are going to forget the moment you walk out the door? Think about the moments you remember – the time spent together, the milestones, the shared experiences ....more

Pear Tree Greetings Holiday Card Sale!

Happy Black Friday! Now that the turkeys have been stuffed, carved, devoured, and thoroughly respected, the holiday season is OFFICIALLY upon us. It’s time to talk holiday cards, like my favorites from Pear Tree Greetings ....more

Fantastic & Fun Ideas for Your Hunger Games Party

With the release of Mockingjay I decided it was a great time to repost about the Hunger Games party we had in 2012. David (BEN!'s brother) is visiting and planning to go see it while he is here. Me? I love pretty much any kind of themed party. ...more

Letter to Santa Printable

Well, it’s official the holidays are upon us. I’m excited, and yet know there is sooo much to do. But, there is also so much to be thankful for and enjoy during the season ....more