Farm Babies at the Minnesota Zoo {Giveaway!}

The farm babies are back at the Minnesota Zoo for the month of April and my littles and I paid them a visit over spring break. We loved it, I knew Miss F would especially love the baby animals and hands down her favorite were the baby goats who loved nibbling right out of her hands. The pigs, the cows, the bunnies ...more

Moms Rock! Expo Coming to Minneapolis

Moms Rock! Expo is coming to Minneapolis this spring so mark your calendars, grab your girlfriends and make a weekend of it because the Minneapolis Convention Center will soon by crawling with MOMS! Moms Rock! ...more

My Fifth Stitch Fix

My 5th Stitch Fix came today and I’ve been awaiting this one. With early spring like weather in Minnesota and my birthday approaching I knew that I wanted to update my spring wardrobe FAST. It was scheduled to arrive March 20 but when it hadn’t shipped by Thursday, March 19 I was a little nervous ....more

But I’m Not a Wicked Stepmother! Review

I gave up on most blended family and stepmom books years and years ago. I found most unrelatable or unrealistic and the worst culprits- the “faith” based ones that told me that prayer would make everything work out just fine. {Yes, I’m a believer in prayer but I’m also a believer in good, ol’ fashioned hard work too.} Now I’m not saying prayer doesn’t work or that there isn’t room for these books someplace but I myself as a 22 year old bride could not find the support, encouragement and information I so badly needed and wanted ....more

On Cinderella

Miss E and I went to a prescreening of Disney’s Cinderella last week and to say we loved it is quite an understatement. Disney really outdid themselves this time. The movie is breathtaking and beautiful and true to the fairy tale yet made today and I promise it will be a beloved favorite ....more

On Yellow Paint

In March 2006, my mom came over and painted an entire little room yellow in preparation for my first baby. We didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl so the room was yellow and I spent many an afternoon wandering through Pottery Barn dreaming up just how I wanted it to look before I settled on gingham and alphabet and my mom wanted to help. So she painted and she painted and she painted, just the perfect shade of yellow, cheery and friendly and light ....more

On Affirmation

To J. S. When I was in junior high and high school, at various camps and church events and retreats, we did what was called affirmations. Most of the time this was written down ....more

On Quiet.

Hello? Is this thing on? The blog’s been rather quiet these last few weeks ....more

Vaccinations and MSNBC.

Last week I wrote a little bit about how I feel about vaccinations especially in light of the fact that there is now a confirmed case of Measles in Minnesota. The post over on Star Tribune took off, the comments ON BOTH SIDES, went a little crazy and then MSNBC called me. So Wednesday morning, I’m headed downtown to do an interview via satellite with Tamron Hall on News Nation ....more

Mommy, I Need You.

In the after dinner bustle of cleaning up the kitchen and getting homework done and backpacks checked and baths and lunches and just all that school night chaos, Miss F grabbed my legs and said, “Mommy, I need you!”...more