So What If She Wants To Be Elsa Jul11

So What If She Wants...

I’ve read several different articles recently written by parents and by child psychologists sharing their views on why we should no longer tell our kids they can grow up to be whatever they want to be. Their argument being that kids simply cannot be whatever they want and it’s not fair of...

I Don’t Do Anything Jul09

I Don’t Do Any...

The other day as I was driving home with my kids, the boys began having a conversation on who they thought had it more difficult in life – boys or girls? It was quite interesting to listen as they quarreled back and forth. One had the argument that girls have the babies, so obviously boys...

I’m No Trophy Wife Jul03

I’m No Trophy ...

I don’t know about you but I’m not really into all the quizzes that seem to be flooding my Facebook feed. Which state should you live in? Which comic book superhero are you most like? Which kind of drink are you? I guess I don’t really care which Disney princess I’m most like or if my...

Our Kitchen Renovation Jul01

Our Kitchen Renovati...

It’s finally done! And it’s beautiful! DJ and I decided two weeks ago that it was time to stop talking about “someday painting the kitchen cabinets white” (really I was just saying that…) and time to just go ahead and actually do it. Our kitchen is small, especially for this family...

Celebrating Summer Jun13

Celebrating Summer

I’m all about celebrating the little things. A lost tooth, potty training or a special award from school all deserve recognition. Maybe because it’s just as much fun for me as it is for my kids.   So of course, the last day of school is worth celebrating.   I put together these...

These Twelve Years Jun10

These Twelve Years

DJ and I celebrated 12 years of marriage this weekend. Honestly though I’m still trying to figure out how I’m old enough to have been married for 12 years… We were so young we couldn’t have had alcohol at our wedding even if we wanted it. He proposed the summer before his senior year...

The Heart of Hospitality May29

The Heart of Hospita...

Someday DJ and I will have a house with a bigger kitchen. It will have butcher-block countertops, a farmhouse sink and a giant island. DJ will build us a wood table with room for everyone. He’ll do the cooking and I’ll be in charge of the cleaning and the décor. Our family room will be...

Love Thy (Mean) Neighbor May23

Love Thy (Mean) Neig...

One of the things my family loves so much about the neighborhood we live in is the large pond across the street. It’s got a walking trail, a cute little fountain in the middle and during the spring and summer it always has several new families of ducks and geese residing in it. My kids and...

Growing Her Confidence May22

Growing Her Confiden...

She at the age where she loves to play dress up. As she prances around in her cheaply made dresses, clip-cloppy heels and crown, she instantly becomes whoever it is she’s trying to portray. There’s no point in telling her she’s not really a princess, doctor or mommy because she’s...

The 98 Cent Gift May13

The 98 Cent Gift

There is something incredibly heartwarming about receiving a gift. At least I think so. My favorite gifts to give and receive are the gifts you get for no reason at all. It’s not your birthday or a holiday – instead someone gives you a gift; a small token because they were thinking of...