My Summer "Thank You" Note

There are so many wonderful things about summer and the people who make mine wonderful. It would be lovely if I could remember all those that I should thank, but my mental fog cannot clear past today, so I will give a shout-out and say..."You know who you are!"...even though they really don't.Two moments today gave me reason to pause and realize that my summer fun is not just dependent on my own action....more

The Kissing Hand

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Birthday Party

I have been seeing green and Ninja’s…and I am not dreaming…Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or TMNT) was the desired theme for a birthday party in my world and I was up for the challenge. I previously told you that I also challenged myself to “do” the party a little differently than I had done for my last few parties.For those parties I basically did one-stop online shopping and got all the party supplies from one place and birthday gifts from another. Bang…done.Nothing wrong with that!...more

I'm Seeing Green!

It’s not money.It’s not envy.It’s turtles.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I have a boy’s birthday party coming up and the desired theme was TMNT…that’s the cool way to say “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. And it just so happens that I know a lot about these TMNT. That’s the cool way to say that I am a cool mom....more

Easy Lemon Pudding Pound Cake

This is an easy, light perfect summertime dessert to take as a gift to your next party!It would even make a fabulously different birthday cake. Go ahead, surprise someone...just make sure you get to eat some too!...more

Road Trip - Returning to the Midwest

We love the Road Trip.And we love the return home.Home…ahhhh“My kitchen whimsy”...more

Road Trip - Our Final Moments in NY

We spent the beginning of our last week on Road Trip at our family host’s home and then we headed to Wells, VT for a mini-vacation at a Bed & Breakfast Cottage to finish off the week. My husband was flying in to meet up with us, relax for a few days and then be my traveling companion for the return-to-home part of the Road Trip.We busied ourselves “spreading the love” as much as we could those last few days, although we were starting to wear thin. At this point in the journey we are always a bit like we have been eating way too much sugar for weeks on end, which we have....more

Road Trip - Stuck in the Kitchen, Out in the Country

As promised, it got better for my daughter, mainly because she pretty much stayed inside all week.The first morning in my beautiful country paradise found me stressed out over technology. Internet service and cell phones can be tricky and I forgot about those limitations. My cell phone service was spotty and I could only get enough bars to receive texts and make calls if I stood on one leg on the last board of the deck, clucked like a chicken and swayed back and forth. That got old....more

Road Trip - "Country Roads, Take Me Home"

A huge part of our Road Trip to Upstate NY is spent visiting many of our favorite people because the majority of them live around there. So, we make the rounds or they stop by so we can "spread the love" around.And boy can we spread the love.I suspect there is a collective sigh in Upstate NY when we hit the road for the "Return to Wisconsin" part of the Road Trip.(Some day, when my children are older, I dream of a Road Trip through the USA to visit family and friends who are scattered around. Doesn't that sound like fun?)...more

Road Trip Ramblings, Day 2

Day 2(If you missed the post for Day 1, Look for "Road Trip Ramblings" by aarynemm)My children ALWAYS sleep later on Road Trip mornings than they would if they were home.  It's another one of those Murphy's Laws of Children. Today, I would not mind if they woke up at 5 am so we could get up and get going since we have a full day of traveling ahead of us. It never happens that way and I let them sleep....more