5 Traveling Life Lessons from Celiac Disease

What is your favorite souvenir from a trip? A decorated mug to start your mornings off right? A bag of Asian spices from the local market near your hotel? After spending three days at Disneyland with my family, I bought several items to remember our trip by (like a Route 66 spoon!)....more

7 MONEY LESSONS LEARNED FROM BAD WEDDING VENDORS

Have you ever experienced a customer service level so horrible you actually learned lessons from them?I have gathered the seven type (there are more) of vendors I encountered when I was wedding planning that have taught me lessons about saving time, stress, and money!I have had my share of poor customer service from empty promises to losing a lot of money from a company dropping the ball. Working with the right people can make the stress of wedding planning or running a company more enjoyable....more

What I've Learned From Two Miscarriages

Of course I did know this, but it didn't really hit me until now. Each family is different. We have friends that don't want kids at all. We know couples that have been trying and praying to get pregnant for over a year and nothing has happened yet. Miscarriages – both early and late term – have happened to many people we know. ...more
I managed to get pregnant six times, but never brought a baby to full term. The first time, I ...more

Who’s The Boss?

Last week I had a cold. Not just any cold, though. One of those nasty fall colds that knocked me on my ass for a week. I was in bed and basically incapacitated for at least two of those days. Tuesday I spent watching eight episodes of Gilmore Girls and was only Netflix shamed twice. Yes, Netflix, I’m still watching. No, Netflix, I’m not a complete loser....more

Timing Is Everything

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First Day of Spring Activities

I will always be a member of Enchanted Learning (link!!)...I found them about 10 or so years ago, and I have used their ideas constantly!So here are some fabulous ways to incorporate the first day of Spring into your learning!Egg Carton Tulipshttp://members.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/easter/eggshelltulips/Tulips.shtmlTulip Acrostic Poem...more

5 Things I Learned Coaching Our First Soccer Game

My husband went over to the head coach to find out which field our kids would be playing on, and was asked to coach our team's game. Which was fine, except he knows nothing about soccer. He's never played, never watched it, and was not really very interested to be honest. He is only interested because our kids want to play, and that's as far as it goes. I played soccer for seven years growing up, so I know a bit more. We both do pretty well with a group of small children though, in any situation. I figured between the two of us, we could get our team of four- and five-year-olds through one 30 minute game. We did, but it got pretty interesting. ...more

15 Things I Want to Teach My Children

It had me thinking about what it is that I'm doing. What am I trying to accomplish with these three little beings? The most obvious answer is that I'm trying to raise them to become full grown, functioning, well-adjusted members of society. Beyond that, though, I started thinking about what it is I want them to learn. What do I want them walking away with after they've spent their most formative years with me? ...more
Happiness is about balance. Young people, particularly teenagers but also those in their early ...more

Amazing Sharks, How Sweet the Sound

Life is pretty amazing, wouldn’t you say?I mean, it is this constant, ever-moving, ever-changing maelstrom. A Sharknado, if you will, that is full of lessons for you to grasp....more

Life Lessons and Hard Work

For me, one of the most challenging aspects of parenting is the good ol' "life lesson".Those moments where you wish more than anything you could intervene; saving your child from the pain that comes with a fall, the consequence that comes from a mistake, the fallout from a social faux pas or the disappointment that comes with a hope unfulfilled ....more
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