How To Use Disney's FastPass+

Growing up, I remember each and every one of our few visits to amusement parks.  ...more

Oh Dear. She said WHAT?

As the triplets are getting older, they are getting more and more curious. While sometimes endearing, the curiosity often leads them to trouble. At 21 months, Lincoln and Keira are now in the 90th percentile for height, so they can reach almost ...more

You'll Never Be on Time Again

I am, by nature, an extremely punctual human being. Being late stresses me out, and can actually ruin my day. Being on time isn’t just something I prefer, it’s something that MEANS SOMETHING TO ME. ...more

How To Create a Long Distance Gender Reveal Announcement

So remember when I mentioned I was pretty hesitant and totally awkward about announcing my pregnancy? Well, I like to think that I made up for it with our gender reveal. ...more

Parents, Read This Note BEFORE Prom or Graduation!

Dear "Responsible Parents," We're in the middle of Prom season and graduation is just around the corner, so I thought the time was ripe for a reminder of What Not To Do on Prom Night and/or Graduation Night. And that is: DO NOT RENT A ROOM AT A ...more

The Worst Thing You Can Say to a Working Mom

“I would never let someone else raise my children.” If you're a working mom, you've probably heard this sentence. Maybe you saw it in a Facebook post. Maybe you overheard someone saying it. Worst of all, maybe someone said it to your face....more
Well said!  Every parent makes the best possible decision for their child. For a lot of parents, ...more

Can You Even Help Your Kids Gain Independence Today?

The other day, Sam, Alrik, and I wanted to head out to the playground—and Mikko didn't. Now, the playground is literally a block from our home. Mikko is seven years old, nearly eight, and perfectly capable of amusing himself and retrieving drinks or snacks as needed in a short absence of parental supervision. But we knew we couldn't leave him home alone, and told him as much. "But whhhyyyy?" he asked. Indeed, kiddo, why? Because the neighbors might call the cops on us, that's why. ...more
rachael40711 That sounds really healthy, and like a worthy change to make from the way you were ...more

10 Things Your Kids Need to Know

As I sat in the departure area waiting to board a recent flight, a middle-aged woman sitting across from me took a call on her cell phone. It was hard not to overhear the almost immediate anguish in her voice. I garnered pretty quickly that she was getting news of a death. Her face turned gray and her voice shook as she tried to console the bereaved person on the other end of the phone. "Oh honey, you can't blame yourself," and, "I'm so sorry. This is such sad, sad news." And then, "Well, you never know, he might reschedule. Maybe he just got busy."...more
Liesl Garner Glad it was helpful, Liesl!more

Yes: One Year Later {Huge Giveaway}

A few weeks after turning in my Rhinestone Jesus manuscript, my memoir about obedience...more

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Working With Our Space

Effective use of space is one of the things I've read that is key to making multigenerational living a success. The house we have to work with? Not necessarily designed for this. It's a 100-year-old farmhouse with 1 bathroom. I've also read quite a bit on determining how long you'll be staying. To my husband and I, it makes the most financial sense to just settle into multigenerational living so that we can build the house designed for it that much sooner. We weren't so sure about what his parents' thoughts were about that, though.Current configuration of my in-laws' house......more

Drink Happy! Fun, Colorful Gift Idea!

I’m glad you’re here because I have a fun, colorful gift idea to share with you today ...more

Earth Day

We spent the most beautiful day outside today, celebrating earth day at the...more

Sun Daze when i’m Day Drinking gotta Shake It Off because I’m To Blame but It Feels Good!

Monday has arrived with little fanfare. As usual, the weekend went by way too fast – speaking of fast, I realized today that there’s only 6-1/2 weeks left of school for the minions. Princess Nagger is happy about that, especially … Continue reading → ...more

Presenting awards

Little Elvis had the opportunity to present a local award within our school district on Friday. He got the award for meeting his AR goal, and for being very outspoken. He did a great job ....more


In Canon and Instagram pix. I'm obnoxiously proud of my first born, cheering him on from the bleachers, battling sentimental tears and raging with overprotectiveness when he gets shoved or tackled by the opposing team. I will always be his number one fan and biggest cheerleader ....more

My Week(234) in iPhone Photos

I am apparently allergic to everything that is blooming/growing at the moment. I ran through all the OTC drugs I had and I’m afraid to buy anything else in case the cops show up to look for my meth lab. Plus I can’t take any GOOD stuff because I’m nursing ....more

Baked Strawberry Donuts

Do you ever get in food ruts? I don't mean that as a bad thing. I mean it as a REALLY good thing ....more