Which Wild Animals Have You Spotted in Your Own Backyard?

Spring has almost sprung and that means it's time to start spotting the "critters" that might be visiting your backyard. Whether you live in the city, the suburbs or out in the country, there's always a chance to get in touch with your inner Ellie May and witness the wonder of our furred and feathered friends. Spotting wildlife helps us recognize that the environment is healthy and functioning....more
@Jane Collins  @HouseOfJoyfulNoise Oh, thank you so much @Jane Collins ! That's really nice of ... more

Which Wild Animals Have You Spotted in Your Own Backyard?

Spring has almost sprung and that means it's time to start spotting the "critters" that might be visiting your backyard. Whether you live in the city, the suburbs or out in the country, there's always a chance to get in touch with your inner Ellie May and witness the wonder of our furred and feathered friends. Spotting wildlife helps us recognize that the environment is healthy and functioning....more
The very CUTEST wild animal we have ever seen in our backyard, was a baby raccoon that seemed to ... more

Setting Firm Blogging Boundaries and Sticking to Them

It doesn't really matter what other bloggers are doing.  If you don't feel comfortable sharing something online whether that be a story, a photo, or personal information, don't share it.  That's the advice From Tracie gives in regards to setting firm boundaries for your blogging BEFORE you start writing, and sticking to those boundaries regardless of what anyone else says. ...more
Our blog is about 4, and I think I definitely started out with boundaries. Or at least a limited ... more

How to be an Irresistible Blogger

And let's face it, sometimes life gets so busy we just do a "mark all as read" move and start from scratch. Except that I never really do that. I mean, I do it to MOST of my reader, but there are some blogs, that no matter HOW late to the party I am, I will read every.single. word. What is it about those blogs that keeps me from just skipping some posts in an effort to catch up? Why am I so drawn to those particular spaces? ...more
     My whole blog goal this year, was to strive to become a better writer.  Even if it meant ... more

Live it up, Mess it up, Clean it up and then Enter to Win $100!

Update: This sweepstakes has now ended. Thanks for your interest in this promotion. ...more
Oh yeah......we're good at getting creative, and messy!  But clean up is never the fun part. So ... more

I Choose My Kids Over Friends and Me-Time

A friend is having a fabulous 40th birthday getaway in a few months. It involves a short flight and a drive and some fabulous scenery and spa and an overnight stay at a great house. Guests are making their plans for flying in from all over the place and it looks like a really good time. I'll be sending my regrets. It's not the money, or the schedule, or even childcare, really, that is keeping me away. Those things can be worked out. It's this person right here. He has spent every night of his short 20 months firmly tucked in against my side and nursing when he wakes before drifting off to sleep again. ...more
NO, you re not the only one who feels that way!  And it's nice to read, I'm not either!  I love ... more

Where Can You Find Great Photo Bloggers? Read This.

Today's photo bloggers are showing us more than just a pretty picture. They're giving us a glimpse into their lives, what they do when they're not snapping away. From little bits and pieces of their descriptions, we learn a bit about what makes them tick and click. Photo bloggers interact with one another on the blogosphere by more than just commenting on their blogs. They participate in weekly photo challenges, submit to Flickr groups and encourage one another to do better ...more
I found this article, because there was a direct hit from it to my blog! I don't see where or ... more

HomeGoods Sweepstakes

UPDATE 6/30/11: The sweepstakes have now ended. Thank you for your interest in this program!Ever wish there was a HomeGoods store in your neighborhood? Your wish may come true! HomeGoods is opening tons of new stores all year long!...more

The Home Goods Store is seriously my favorite store, ever. I have traveled to get to one! But ... more

The art of creativity

  Dryad Awakes and Lady of the Loch...more

Julie, I'm sorry but I had to delete your link from my Linky Party. The collection is for ... more

Parenting Moment: Feeling Caught Off-Guard

I was, and still am, feeling caught off-guard. Reeling. I am trying to understand how this could be. How, in this day and age, that my son, simply because he has Down syndrome, can be unwelcome into a daycare center. Why? Please help me understand why he is not allowed there. He could teach the other kids SO much! He could teach the teachers and the director SO much! He could share SO much of what he knows about life and learning and love. ...more

Laurie -

I can't help you understand why your son is not a 'good fit'. Because I don't think ... more