The most awesome summer day, without even leaving the front yard.

How to have the MOST AWESOME summer day without even leaving your front yard

I took the week off of work to spend with my boys — a little bit of fun, a little relaxation — wait, actually, relaxation never happens for me — a lot of laughs, some yelling, some tantrums, some timeouts, and a lot of mess.  We find fun in making messes sometimes — it’s liberating …

gardening with kids

Gardening with Kids: Simple steps to summer fun

“We seasoned our dinner with herbs from our garden, and topped off our salad with our homegrown tomatoes,” the  neighbors said.  Not us!  Steak on the grill and frozen french fries over here!  I tend to think I don’t have the skill — or the time — for a fancy, productive garden, though I do …

Boredom Busters - splash!

Save Your Sanity: 17 Simple Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Memorial Day:  Aside from the ever-important honoring those who have given their lives for our country, it typically also marks the unofficial start to summertime  . . . nearing the end of the school year . . . and the approximate time when the kids — after just hours out of school — start to …

Learning to Blog: What “just another mommy blogger” has learned two years in

IMAGINE if I had never started this blog.  Would it have mattered?  I suppose not, in the grand scheme of things.  Did the world really need another mommy blog? In the little part of the universe where I wanted a creative outlet, wanted to connect with other moms, other M.O.B.s, other bloggers, and wanted to …

Encouraging creativity in children

How to encourage creativity in children

If you know me at all, you know I thrive on creativity and love to foster creativity in children as well.  Since I was a wee little girl I’ve been writing books, poems and songs, doing arts and crafts projects, and launching small businesses during elementary school in the playroom of my house.  Creativity comes …

Even moms need maintenance sometimes. Self care for sanity.

When Mom Needs Maintenance: Self care for sanity

Maintenance Required.  When that message popped up on my dashboard display, I felt like my car was judging me.  How dare it suggest I need a bit of self care!  Yes, I’ve been working long hours, super-busy with kids’ projects and homework and events, still getting up to speed in my new role at work, …