Ten ways to have a great kid's party

It's birthday party season at our house.  We have three kids with three birthdays within three months.  And since I've learned quite a bit about throwing parties over the years, I thought I'd share some of my valuable secrets with you!...more

Do you want to build a snowman? It doesn't have to be a snowman.

It is one week before my daughter's birthday party and everything that was frozen has started to thaw. My daughter had wanted a Frozen themed birthday party with all things Frozen.  Well, it is really hard to find Frozen things in my area for a reasonable price or at all.  So here's what I ended up getting. ...more

The Power of Saying No

I have a kitchen calendar that's pretty much the nerve center of our home. The kids scrawl all of their activities into the proper date boxes -- yes, even the 5-year old, who painstakingly forms each letter as I slowly spell whatever word he needs to publish on the family agenda. Doctors' appointments, meetings, conference calls ... it all ends up there. I never make a hint of plan without checking it first.This weekend, though? I have mentally stamped a big NO across both days....more

Today I Have Four Year Olds

The birthday girls- DD in dots, SI in sign...more

10 Things Birthday

My birthday has always been my favorite day of the year.  Even if the day did not turn out as planned or expected, I would still walk around with this strange sort of “awe” floating around my brain.  I was in awe that I was born. Becoming a mother made birthdays even better.  I loved celebrating the birth of my girls with themed parties, coordinating every detail, even the colors of the M & M’s.  I spent hours finding the perfect activities, biggest balloons, and most unique party favors.  It was exhausting.  However, I wanted m...more

We Hosted a Sleepover for a Dozen 1st and 2nd Graders and Lived to Tell About it!

I love throwing parties and events.  I have been known to construct a killer model of the Star Wars “Star Destroyer” from bamboo and tin foil to use as a decoration for my son’s 5th birthday party.  I don’t really trend toward the ‘custom water bottle label’ or cute food signs, but I do appreciate people who do.  I just rarely have time to go that far and many of our guests are kid-sized, and I’ve learned that they really don’t care....more

Best Birthday Party Ideas for Kids in Dallas Fort Worth

This is a great new birthday party concept that I think most moms and dads would really appreciate. They allow the parents to sit back and relax while they do it all! This company is called The Royal Party Room located in the Dallas Fort Worth.  They bring the entire birthday party to you.. It is decorated so beautifully and they are actually very reasonably priced!  Oh and they have 6 different themes too.  Plus the reviews are really great if you look into it.  Check it out www.theroyalpartyroom.com ...more

No Kids Came to His Birthday Party -- and I Don't Appreciate It!

The Universe kicked my butt today a little bit in the form of Michael's no-kids-came birthday party. I'm tough and can handle stuff like that, but I felt badly for Michael. Here's the thing: I appreciate the dad who came by with a gift and said his kid had stayed up too late, got up too early and was just a whipped mess. That was cool of him to come by and give a gift and explain. That is a stand-up person. I appreciate the person who has a long drive and called to say she was having a hard time getting all her kids together....more
I had the opposite problem when my son was in kindergarten. About half the class RSVP'd then ...more


Charlie's third birthday is fast approaching. Third. THIRD. How is he almost THREE already??? Where does the time go! Yesterday he was just born and now he's THREE. What the hell!!!! I NEED A RECOUNT. Okay. deep breaths.Now that I've had a chance to compose myself. I can continue....more

Happy Birthday Green Bear!

I've been feeling a little crummy about the time I've spent with the boys lately. Mostly because I've been glued to my computer....more