#BlueStem #KansasCity #Westport #FineDining #Roasterie #DateNight

On June 2, my amazing husband took me out for a surprise date. I was SHOCKED at the place he took me to! We went to BlueStem in Westport because my cousin Derek Solsberg used to work there as a chef but he had since moved on ....more

Whole Foods Grocery Store as Relaxation and Goji Berries

I didn't set out to buy soy milk from Whole Foods the other night. It was an accident.Aron had been out of town all week and I was stressed when he got home. I was trying to eat better but REALLY wanted to run for the nearest Sheridan's for a nasty treat ....more

#FirstDayOfSummer 2016

So here is my First Day of Summer in a few words.A couple of kids had a water balloon fightPork loin in slow cooker (thanks, Lisa!)Lightning fast mammogramSchool lunch with 6 kidsPool with 7 kidsTake and pick up daughter to/from sewing class because I'm a sewing moron and she wanted to make a dress and it's my job to "make it work"Massive payment on 12-passenger van where I sent the little canister and told the lady working there, "I'm making a payment on YOUR van."May have fallen asleep in teen's bed for 10 minutes after lecturing other teenStarbucks (thanks, Mom!) for a mocha frappuccino lightTower of recycling That's pretty much how the whole summer is going. How is your first day of summer? ...more

How Virtual Reality is Changing Your Decor Design

Please enjoy today's guest post as I struggle to get my proofreading work wrapped up while also keeping my kids and their friends occupied before our staycation this long weekend for my 45th birthday and for Father's Day. I personally have zero imagination or vision when it comes to decorating, so I'll take any help I can get. Have a great rest of your week! ...more

Home Schooling Through College: Is It Possible?

Home Schooling Through College: Is It Possible? Parents who choose to homeschool their children do so for various reasons. Some parents home school because they tend to travel a lot and don’t want to disrupt their child’s learning or because they’re not satisfied with the level of education available in their area ....more

The Day the Catholics Invaded IKEA in Merriam, Kansas

Yes, the time finally came May 31 for the Catholics to invade IKEA. Here's who went: myself, my 5 kids, Julia and our neighbor Matthew. Eight Catholic peeps walked into an IKEA .. ....more

Healthy Granola Bar Recipe #KidFood #AdultFood

This is a recipe in my book The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook (sometimes it's free, it's always free on Kindle Unlimited, it's normally $2.99 as an ebook and it's $6.49 in print). Enjoy!2 cups oats ¾ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup wheat germ ¾ teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup wheat flour ¾ teaspoon salt ½ cup honey 1 beaten egg ½ cup butter 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup mini chocolate chips ½ cup almonds Mix it all together in any order you like because you know that’s how I roll. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes ....more

Runs/Walks in #KansasCity: Wild Women Timber Challenge 5K in Bonner Springs, KS

I want to share my excitement over being addicted to walking with you, fellow Kansas Citians! I still don't have a running bra, folks (TMI), so I will not be found jogging the 'hood anytime soon. Maybe when I'm 50.I'll be posting upcoming walk/runs as I find them ....more

How to shop for clothes, food and bed sheets which seem expensive after your baby arrives

My husband and our fourth child, Eva Please enjoy another guest post today while I plan more posts for this month, including more runs/walks in Kansas City, my maiden voyage to IKEA with 7 kids and more random summer fun! Being a mother is the best feeling in the world. The joy that your baby can give you is incomparable; you can’t attain it any other way ....more

How to Style Your Dorm Room Right

Practical interior DIY: how to style your dorm room right Please enjoy this guest post while I take my girls for haircuts today and hang out at the pool doing meal planning and budgeting stuff!Staying in dorms usually forms the best memories in life. College life is the craziest one. You learn and have so much fun in those years ....more