How I went internet free on my vacation...and it didn't cost me a thing

A few months ago when I sat down to plan my vacation to Florida the main things I was concerned about were the flights (being at times that worked for me and were not expensive), the hotel (to be safe and not far from where my friend lived), and saving money towards all the extra things ie. eating out and activities. Never once on my list of things to think about was anything to do with how many blog posts I'd miss out on reading right away, what Facebook status updates I'd be too busy to comment on, or what tweets I should send to let everyone know what I was up to....more

{guest blog} how YOU can fabulously photograph your kids.

i am SO CRAZILY excited to share with you that to the moon n back has it’s first guest blog! in the fall i packed the kids up for what should have been an hour and a half trek to south western new hampshire. to get photographed by a super duper talented photographer, kate preftakes. road closures, traffic jams and three + hours later we arrived. saturated in gold fish crumbs, juicy juice and puffy non-napped eyes....more

Mama's Last Week in Review - Letter J

Last week seems like a blur to me, so I'm thankful I had the foresight to scribble notes about what we did! We concentrated on the letter J and David bringing the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. The boys learned a new song, "I've got the Joy down in my heart" and Sweet Pea took to it pretty quickly. We also visited a couple more preschools, one visit inspiring an experiment at home!...more

Mama's Last Week in Review - Letter I

Last week we concentrated on the letter I and the David and Goliath Bible story. This was a fun letter, because it is the first letter in our last name. However, with all the other things going on during the week we didn't do as much as I'd hoped. I do have my first giveaway going on with only 1 comment as of right now...please go to Mom is the Only Girl and check it out!...more

How To Deal With Step Children

StepChildren- The world’s most evil predator. That’s how some people perceive their step kids. Kids from blended families are gonna act out. What kid out there doesn’t want their real mom and dad to be together forever? That’s the issue with most blended families. Step kids can say things like “You can’t tell me what to do” “You’re not my mom” and “I don’t have to listen to you”. When you try to tell other people’s kids what to do, they get offensive. Getting that way can lead to arguements of the adults and children....more

How to Make a Bib Statement Necklace That Looks Like a Million Bucks

I have been coveting the "Bib Statement Necklaces" in fashion magazines for months! I decided to give making my own a try, and I was so pleased with how it turned out that I wanted to share it with you... ...more

thanks for adding the video for those of us who are direction -challenged...am gonna attempt one ...more

how to decorate a toddler proof tree

our tree is up.::whoop.whoop::we approached it much differently this year.mostly, because telling cobe j nofive hundred timesin five minutesdoes not spell hol-i-day, in my opinion.so for those of you brave souls who also have a toddlerand want a beautiful christmas tree toohere's a step by step guide.Read more at little yellow treehouse....more

How to Make Turkey Gravy: Recipe & Troubleshooting

While the Thanksgiving feast is often filled with potential pitfalls, from overcooked turkey to lumpy mashed potatoes, nothing seems to cause more angst than making gravy. If done well, turkey gravy can be the star of the show, enveloping everything on the plate in a rich, savory blanket. If you are like my brother-in-law, gravy is by far the most important part of the meal, prompting your relatives to buy you a gravy thermos so that you can have your own personal supply of the thick sauce sitting beside your placemat. Everyone deserves to be indulged once in a while. ...more

Thanks, Kalyn! Your posts on BlogHer are always so helpful. I'm glad to be able to contribute ...more

Unique DIY Christmas Gifts

Make your Christmas merry with a touch of handmade! Following are ten remarkable Christmas gifts that you can craft yourself! Credit: Jonas N...more