4 Super Simple Tips To Clean Up The Holiday Clutter

Merry Christmas! Now that you've unwrapped all the presents you carefully chose and purchased over a series of months, you get the joy of... cleaning it up. Yay? Don't fret. The following simple tips will help you organize the mess in quick fashion, leaving you with more time to sit and enjoy the rest of your holiday. ...more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with the Deliveries

Yesterday the boys dressed up in their Christmas Eve finery. Together the four of us happily walked outside into the 52 degree weather, the sun shining brightly as we walked our street. If we only delivered cookies and cards at one house, the first stop would make it all worth it.… 52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with the Deliveries is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog ....more

Reading Makes Everything Better

The boys ended up sick last week. They still have a lingering cough this week, but found their normal energy levels. They’re bouncing off the walls with excitement for Christmas despite their coughs and drippy noses ....more

Runner’s World RunStreak Update: 10 Days To Go

With only 10 days left, the Runner’s World Winter Run Streak seems totally do-able, right? Except that the next week ranks as the busiest week of the year. We have Christmas Eve Wednesday, Christmas Day Thursday, Christmas with one side of the family on Friday, and Christmas with the other side of the family on Saturday.… Runner’s World RunStreak Update: 10 Days To Go is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog ....more

The Darkness and The Light: Thoughts on Faith During a Difficult Year

One Sunday late last month, I did something I never do. I sent my husband and sons to church without me. We normally go as a four-person family unit, and every third Sunday, the boys and I make the trek alone as my husband works.… The Darkness and The Light: Thoughts on Faith During a Difficult Year is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog ....more

Happy 10: What Marriage Is All About

The boys came down with the sickness this week, like the 50 other kids in their building absent on Monday. We’ve been gently nursing them back to health: Giving ibuprofen when fevers spike and cause headaches. Buying more ibuprofen when we run out.… Happy 10: What Marriage Is All About is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog ....more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with the Christmas Program

Last Thursday, the third grade put on a Christmas program at the elementary school. They did one during the day for the rest of the grades and one at night for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, neighbors, and so on. BigBrother told me a number of times how excited he felt to stand on stage and sing the songs.… 52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with the Christmas Program is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog ....more

How to Make a Wine Cork Christmas Tree

I originally started saving wine corks to make a shadow box of corks for our eventual basement bar renovation. Since that project won’t be started any time soon, I started thinking about making a wine cork heart to hang in the dining room.… How to Make a Wine Cork Christmas Tree is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog. Want more of Stop, Drop and Blog? ...more

A Runner’s World RunStreak Update: 19 Days!

Over the halfway point! I’m feeling much better this week, already having run my Day 19 run today as well. Last week brought some cold, windy runs—and one wardrobe malfunction ....more

Updated Space

Some readers noticed the changes I made on the blog last week. I installed a new theme, customized it to my liking, and tinkered with some new plugins. I feel pleased with the results, though I’m still learning how to maneuver my new space.… Updated Space is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog ....more