Use These Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Day

Ever feel like there aren't enough hours in one day? I get you. I totally do. Time management is a tricky thing. When I started on my work-at-home journey, the biggest struggle I had was time management. I don't have regular working hours. Sure, I ...more

I Can't Remember My Son's First Words

First, let me say that I love my son. He has brought more joy to my life than I could ever have imagined. Good, now that we have that straight, I must confess. I don’t actually remember all of my son’s firsts. Nor do I have video documentation ...more

Can We Survive a Low-Tech Summer?

For the past few years, I have debated the benefits of letting my kids use technology during summer vacation. Most of the time, we are an unabashedly tech-friendly house. My kids have e-readers and laptops and our house probably has a few too many ...more

New House Rules!

Ridiculous in light of more important rules we need around here, but hey, a girl can dream. Funny thing is, we don't actually even HAVE any official household rules. It's on my list to thoughtfully draft some one day soon. I probably would have done ...more

One Time I Was in the Shower...

I peeled an orange in the shower. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but it really happened. There I was, in the shower, minding my own business, when Tiny-Small burst through the door yelling, “I’m hungee, Mom! I’m hungee!” I told her I’d be out in a ...more

Beyond Disneyland: California Destinations My Autistic Son Loves

"We love it when our guests are happy!" That's what the red-coated Monterey Bay Aquarium official told me, as she and I stood next to my son Leo, who was blissfully sprawled out on the the floor looking up at a tank full of sparkling anchovies. I had just explained to her that Leo was enraptured rather than upset or injured, and I hoped it was OK for him to be on the floor since his sisters and I were ringing him and he wasn't in anyone's way. Autism acceptance as guest relations policy. What a wonder. What a gift. ...more

Special Needs Kids Can Love Supper Camp, Too

Summer is here again, and you might be wondering what fun activities you can get your child with special needs involved in. Depending on the level of your child’s abilities, you might consider sending him or her to the local seasonal camp at the nearby park. Many cities have parks and recreation departments that offer affordable camps and activities for the children in the community during spring and summer. And yes, there are a number of camps designed especially for children with speech, academic and physical delays, which can provide a great experience for your child....more

8 True Things About the First Year of Motherhood

Recently, I have seen a few articles about post-delivery that people may find surprising. The articles tend to list scary things such as wearing big pads after birth and bleeding for an eternity. All of these things are true, but I have found that the year after birth brings its own bag of surprises. Don’t be surprised when you wake up every day and your body hurts. Pre-baby I felt no pain, and now something hurts every day. No joke, the Icy Hot is my best friend. ...more
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10 things Friday

1. For the past 11 months I have been the only one to put Ford to bed at night because we nursed beforehand. Now that we are weaned, Jon has been putting him down and last night was the FIRST time I left before bedtime and enjoyed a night out with friends and Jon handled bedtime! ...more

lost

i pulled back the covers to my bed last night and asked ty, "the kids are having a great summer aren't they?". he chuckled a "yup" out before his eyes started sliding shut. i sighed as i pulled the sheets up over me and started to ponder ....more

Fajita Penne

I’ve got a one-pan wonder for you all today, friends! Perfect for a busy day when you don’t have a lot of time and don’t want a lot of dishes. ...more

Ten Boy-Mom Problems

I can't tell you what problems you'd face with, say, fifty cats in your house. Or the challenges life would bring if you were born with an extra nose or only one boob. But if there's one thing I know about, it's the hurdles involved with raising an all-dude brood ....more

Quick Summer Craft for Kids

Need a quick Summer craft for kids to do? These sandcastle notecards are so much fun to make! My kids love to play in the sand, and these notecards are a great way to celebrate a day at the beach, or an afternoon spent playing in the sandbox ....more

Gratitude Is Everything

School will be back in session in less than a month....more

Entitled Teens! What are we doing to the next generation??

I have 4 children.  2 of them are Karol's kids, and so they are my "step children", and 2 of them are my biological children.  The "step kids" are 22 and 19.  The bio kids are 17 and 15. So we have had some experience raising teens.More and more I am seeing stories about teenagers and young adults who feel they are "entitled" to things.  I read about Generation Y and how they feel as though society and their parents "owe" them jobs, opportunities, etc.  They don't feel they have to work for things....more

Friday Furry Favorites

It's no secret that I love basset hounds. I know you would have never guessed that by this blog, my social media posts and my clothing choices and home decor. I realized last night that I brought my first hound home when I was 23 ....more

Preparing For Our BIG, FAT FAMILY VACATION!

Yep, it's that time of year again!...more