He's Army Strong, Mom's Still in Training

As a child, I remember reading about the Declaration of Independence in history class and quietly smiling to myself, thinking...THIS!...this is why my family is here. "Mom, I want to enlist into the military." But I cannot think of too many ...more

How Should You Talk to Your Kids About Hemp and Marijuana?

"I really want to hang up my weed leaf tapestry in the basement," said my main mansky, Cransky, as we stood in the kitchen amongst piles of moving boxes. "So hang it up." "But it's got a giant WEED LEAF ON IT AND THERE ARE CHILDREN LIVING ...more

I'm Not Perfect... and It's Okay

Y'all know I like to keep it real around here, and lately I have been finding myself wrapped up in guilt for a lot of the parenting choices I make. Deep down I know I am a good mom. My child is loved, she is never hungry and has a roof over her head ...more

The Marysville School Shooting Happened in My Town

"Mom, there's been a shooting at MP. Someone is dead and we don't know who the shooter is." I was just leaving my Zumba class Friday morning when my son called me with those words. MP is Marysville-Pilchuck, one of two high schools in our town of ...more

Don't Let Poor Kids Ruin Your Halloween!

Have you heard about the wicked wealthy witch who wrote a letter to Slate's Dear Prudence advice column complaining about her 1%-er neighborhood being overrun by mini vans full of less fortunate 99%-ers out to pilfer her mountain of full size ...more

Polls Show Support for Early Education. Will Voters Agree Nov. 4?

On November 4, voters in many states will decide on ballot measures for early childhood education, and recent polls report that most Americans support making preschool more accessible for all. The surveys show that voters in North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Colorado and Georgia view early learning as a priority at both the state and national level. Image Credit: First Five Years ...more

25 Life Lessons I Want My Daughter to Know

A while back, one of my now dear friends, Kari Kampakis, wrote an article titled, "If I Die Young." The article, in a nutshell, is a list of life lessons addressed to her daughters in the event something ever happens to her. I love Kari and her writing, and that post really resonated with me. She also encouraged others to do the same. ...more
It All Matters Mom Thanks for reading, Erin! It's one of my favorite posts to date. I'm sure ...more

Can a Cell Phone Be a Teaching Tool for Your Tween?

A few weeks ago, my eleven-year-old daughter received a text message from her friend asking for a favor. Her friend "broke up" with her "boyfriend" and wanted my daughter to text him a nasty message. Of course, my daughter agreed; that is until I took control of the situation. Credit: goodncrazy....more
Think of the cell phone as candy and junk food.  Do you leave it lying around all over the place ...more

Another view on Raising Pure Teens

I mentioned in my 7-quick Takes post that my two teens and I had the opportunity this week to hear Jason Evert speak about chastity. ...more

Expand Your Understanding of Down Syndrome

The month of October is a month to highlight Down syndrome. In this month, perhaps you became familiar with a child, a teenager, an adult with Down syndrome. Before my son was born, I knew nothing about it. I couldn't even recall ever meeting a person with Down syndrome. Then, everything changed. You don't have limit your time of learning to this month of awareness, yet it is a time to make an effort to understand, even a little bit, about Down syndrome and the families it touches. ...more

10 Lego Gifts Every Kid Will Love

Need gift ideas for kids? These 10 Lego gift ideas are perfect for any kid on your list....more

Game Of Thrones Redux

Love this interview segment with George R. R. Martin. His giggle is infectious, and his love of his written material is apparent every time you engage him about it ....more

Our Completed DIY Felix the Cat Costume Video #Halloween

I haven't had a chance to type up the tutorial of how we achieved this look, but I wanted to give everyone a chance to enjoy the video of the final costume today, on Halloween! Read more » ...more

Pumpkin Spice Donuts

I dunno. Maybe I'm turning into a food blogger....more

Dear Mom {Day 31}

Dear Mom, I hope these letters encouraged you, inspired you, and let you know that you aren’t alone in this motherhood gig. It’s truly an adventure, one that changes with each passing day. There is nothing predictable about it, and maybe sometimes that’s the hardest part ....more

pumpkin guts and other cute stuff {Her Joyful Studio}

Earlier this week we (I guess I should say Eric) carved pumpkins! We know that Mia loves painting pumpkins but I was curious to see if she would like cleaning out the pumpkin guts. Turns out that she LOVED "helping" Eric and really loved watching him work.. ....more

Happy Halloween and What I Know For Sure

Happy Halloween. ...more

day 31: some final thoughts on order...

I find myself with mixed emotions as this daily writing challenge ends....more