Day Cam Forms Are... Stupid

I just spent 40 minutes filling out forms for my kids to go to Day Camp. There are forms at school, at the doctor, at the dentist, at soccer, at gymnastics, and anywhere else you go. I find it hard to believe in today’s day and age that I still have ...more

Check Out This Adorable Crocheted Nursing Necklace!

About a month ago, I received an email from a friend of mine who recently had a baby. She asked if I would be interested in seeing if I could make her a nursing necklace. In case you didn't know (because I had no idea before she emailed me), a ...more

Did You Save a Bunch of Onesies? Make a Quilt!

Back in March, I received an email from Heather asking if I would be interested in taking on a commissioned quilt for her son. Heather received my information from a girl I went to college with, who now works at Heather's company. I seriously love ...more

Got a Teen at Home? 6 Things Your Teen Can Do This Summer!

When I was in high school, everybody had a summer job, and we would meet to go to a movie in the evening or the beach on our day off. However, finding a job these days is hard for teenagers. The labor market hasn't fully recovered, so many of the ...more

Bored This Summer? 64 Ways to Beat That Boredom!

There’s a whole, awesome summer ahead of us that I’m excited to fill with fun stuff for me and the kids, but I accept that sometimes I’m just really all out of ideas on how to fill days or hours for them. My kids are only six and three, and still ...more

Help! Family Bickering is Going To Ruin My Vacation!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I'm soon headed on a vacation with my husband, kids and all his family. We are going to a beautiful place, and I know I won't be able to enjoy it because his family bickers non-stop. It's exhausting. Everyone does it. His parents, his siblings and their spouses. I don't even want to go except the kids and their cousins all have a great time. Ideas on survival?Signed,Can't We All Just Get Along?...more

I've Taught My Daughter to Hate

“Boo! Hiss!” That is what my daughter will yell out whenever we drive by a McDonald's or a Burger King. On occasion, she will also stick out her tongue at the massively popular fast food chains. And you know what? This behavior totally warms my kale-eating, Greek yogurt-loving, grass-fed beef burger-grilling heart.  Image: greg westfall ...more
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Is There a Negative Side of Encouraging Girls to Major in STEM?

If you're a woman, and especially if you have daughters/are thinking about having children, you've probably thought about the word "pretty." How boys are praised for—and get away with—their actions, and girls are praised for being pretty and ladylike. And how to navigate the whole body image jungle of what used to be just the teen years, but now possibly includes a girl's entire life through adulthood. ...more
I went to college on a large physics scholarship, discovered economics and French during my ...more

Shasta: The Return to Journalism

Life can change so quickly. Little more than a month ago, I was a stay-at-home mom, and seemed destined to stay that way at least until the kids went to full-time school. Tired, drained and pulled in a million directions, I was ready to quit my tiny freelance reporting gig — because: who am I kidding? ...more

Ethan plays the bass.

Tomorrow I will be posting Ruby Jubilee’s 5th birthday. She’s a wonderful little girl who is full of smiles and humor!!On a different note-- Chris took about an hour drive to the Abeka book display to order our materials for the upcoming school year. Sophia, Pearl, Ruby and Jasper all went with Daddy ....more

coming home

My kids have learned over the years that home is simply where you lay your head. When you travel for a couple of months at a time, it just makes it easier. Still, there is something so refreshing about returning to the place where your bed belongs to none other than you.We returned home last Wednesday, but we didn’t just return to our own beds ....more

Remembering Operation Rescue Stuffed Bulldog

Anybody been reading long enough to remember when I used to post in "Not Me Monday" and write about things I did NOT do (but really did)?From January 31, 2010:I did NOT display extremely poor parental judgment skills and allow my toddler to take his large, stuffed bulldog (aka. "Big Duke") security item into the place where my older kids have swim lessons.Somehow in the craziness of drying off 2 kids, helping them get dressed, talking with one swim teacher about the next month's lessons, keeping the certificate of 1 child for a swim level completed absolutely dry, taking 2 kids to the restroom, and supervising 3 on the playground, we did NOT leave Big Duke behind at swim lessons!Big Duke was NOT discovered missing at bedtime.I did NOT make a phone call the next morning that went something like this, "Do you have our stuffed bulldog?"I was NOT really having to work to keep from giggling and thinking of this book (Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity) the whole time!My husband did NOT suggest I just wait until next Thursday when my kids have swim lessons again to get Big Duke since the place is not real close to our house.When my 2 year old looked at me and said, "But I LOVE Big Duke!" I did NOT completely cave and drive over there in the rain Friday morning.I did NOT return to my car and text my husband, "Operation Rescue Stuffed Bulldog = Success"!And after all thatThere is absolutely, positively NO WAY at our very next errand 15 minutes later, I let my toddler take Big Duke into the Sam's store!And into my older son's basketball game the next day!Seriously, what's wrong with me?!!!Maybe it's this ....more

Funny little boys

The boys have been busting out some funny sayings. I'm sure I haven't remembered them all.Baby Plum: I ate the whole bowl, because I'm going to be big, and strong, and VERY!!!Cheese Puff (to just about any question asked of anybody): Yep. I did it ....more

Family Reunion and Baby Shower Canvas Gifts

Last week my husband and I loaded up our kids and headed out to cross the 700 miles to get to Utah to see our family. The week was packed full of events, I have 2 nieces and a sister in law who are all having babies within a couple weeks of one another. Come August there will be 3 cute new faces to kiss and stare at for hours on end ....more

Hearts for Home Blog Hop #73

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Purple Vodka: Vintage 2014

By the time I got around to making flavored vodka, after seeing the how-to pin on Pinterest, the black raspberries were ripe. After carefully peeling the skin off the lemon, failing to create one long curly-q, the lime I purchased was waiting on the counter, right along side of the bucket of fresh black raspberries I had just picked right off the vine. I found the pin for the vodka in winter, when the idea of standing outside to pick raspberries, was a far-off dream ....more

Here there everywhere

Pretty much sums it up...we made it! Two trips down, lots of summer to go. It's been a whirlwind, (as usual,) and God is certainly teaching me some hard lessons...but He's with me, I'm sure of it ....more