5 Parenting Rules I Have Already Broken

Isn’t amazing how many things you tell yourself you won’t do when you become a parent? I often made notes of other parents around me doing some pretty crazy things to get their kids to behave or how they raised their children. I sat in judgement ...more

Road Trips Don't Have to Feel Boring!

A road trip is the best way to introduce your children to the wonders of the world. Few experiences can be as entertaining and as educational at the same time. However, being stuck together in the back seat can be quite a challenge for most kids. ...more

Really, It's Okay!

When I got married, I went the way of many girls. First comes love, then comes marriage, and so on. I was 19 and didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life. So I did what I thought I probably should do: Bore children and stayed home to take ...more

Yep, We're Going to Disney

Have you ever noticed how once you start thinking about something, it suddenly seems to pop up everywhere? It makes sense I guess; things you never paid attention to start sticking out once they’re already on your mind. ...more

Some Assembly Required?

I’m not sure how I dodged this essential parenting rite of passage for so long, but somehow this Christmas, my daughter’s fourth year leaving out cookies and Scotch, was the first time I had to assemble a toy. On that fateful morning, I re-heated ...more

Say "Candy Hearts!" Valentine’s Day Photo Booth Props

Create your own unique Valentine's Day photo booth artwork! It's the perfect activity for a creative Valentine's Day card for Grandma, a fun crafting party, or those cabin-feverish winter weekends when the kids start going crazy by 10 am....more

Great Quotes About Raising a Child to Inspire You

I recently gave birth to my second child, and it has caused me to think seriously about the ways in which I want to raise my children and the type of childhood that I want them to have. I've reflected on the philosophies that guide my thinking about children, and I've chosen five quotes that I love which best define my own personal philosophy about teaching and raising children. ...more
I don't have kids yet, but I love "It's okay to fail, but it is not okay to not try." Something ...more

10 Great Read Alouds for Your Young Valentines

One of my goals in life is to spend quality time with my family. Reading aloud is a great way to spend time with your children. In addition to building great memories, there are many academic reasons to read aloud. Reading to children improves their vocabulary. It builds their attention span in a way that time on the iPad or a video game doesn't. ...more
Web to Succeed, you will be able to look forward to reading Old Yeller with your son.  The great ...more

My secret addiction

Do you remember when you were a kid and would hide things from your parents.  I can remember hiding candy in my room and saving it for a time to satisfy my sweet tooth.  I never thought I would have to do the same thing with my husband. ...more

Say "Candy Hearts!" Valentine’s Day Photo Booth Props

Create your own unique Valentine's Day photo booth artwork! It's the perfect activity for a creative Valentine's Day card for Grandma, a fun crafting party, or those cabin-feverish winter weekends when the kids start going crazy by 10 am....more

Let It Snow

Let It Snow It was a perfect day that started with… Warm hugs, snuggling under the covers, a big breakfast, followed by more snuggling. ...more

Tips on encouraging your mini Picasso

Want to encourage your kids to be creative but not sure how? This week art teacher Aki Berry shares her teaching techniques, ways to improve your kids skills and get them to really enjoy making art!Hi! I’m Aki. Before having my kids, I taught art to a bunch of little ones, all different ages from Kindergarten to fifth grade. I had a great time getting to know my students and bonding with them. ...more

How to Spot a Mother of Boys

Your kids don’t care what they wear. They might have a preference for shorts over pants and probably don’t want to wear a sweater or jacket, but they probably have no opinion about color combinations or what shoes “go” with their outfit. It makes getting out of the house a tiny bit easier.You can’t touch the huge mess of toys, blankets and/or stuffed animals without asking....more

Mule Deer Day 27 Of 30 Paintings In 30 Days

Mule Deer in alcohol ink on Yupo paper 9×12 $105.00 We are over run with mule deer here. So much so that people are always asking us if hunting is allowed on our property. It’s not of course ....more

The Staycation {January 2015}

I didn't realize how truly burned out I was until the week school started after New Year's. I felt like I had been running on that hamster wheel of motherhood, moving my legs so quickly with no where to really go, and I was finally at the point where I was exhausted. Exhausted and bitter ....more

Eggroll’s First Christmas

Hi guys, it’s Eggroll. Mama was taking too long to share pictures of my first Christmas, so I thought I’d just go ahead and do it for her. (My apologies in advance for this picture-heavy post ....more

Rose 3/38

Year 3 Week 38 – Rose enjoyed seeing the snow. She built a snowman, wore her globes, threw snowballs, and tasted a little bit every time she picked some up. – A few weeks ago I explained what Eskimo kisses were to Rose ....more