Back to School: First Day of School Picture Keepsake

Those first day of school pictures… A rite of passage. Back to School: First Day of School Picture Keepsake Last year I did something that I wish I had been doing since we started taking first day of school pictures. But PINTEREST DIDN’T EXISTED THEN. {Read: I did not come up with this idea… I found it […]

11 Tips for Moms to Help Prepare for Back to School!

It’s almost time for BACK TO SCHOOL. Therefore: 11 Tips for Moms to Help Prepare for Back to School! Actually, some children in this country have been back to school for awhile now. WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT? Aaaanywho… I figure it might be sweet of me to share some helpful tips on preparing for […]

Friday Nights Since Having Kids on Today Parenting

What are Friday nights since having kids like  for you? I filmed that with the Today Parenting Team at the Mom 2.0 conference (in Laguna in April) “on the spot”. You’d think by my blog name I’d perform a bit better in “on the spot” circumstances, but I feel like I kind-of choked. So, may […]

Subscription Box for Tweens: Tinker Crate – SLIME

Subscription Box for Tweens Lucy and I have been exploring subscription box services focusing on the tween set. This is our second *Tinker Crate box. The first one was a bit of a bust for us (hydraulic claw)… it was too complex for her, and we didn’t do an unboxing for that one. But we […]

Ten Internet Rules to Help Kids Stay Safe Online

Now hear this: Ten Internet Rules to Help Keep Kids Safe Online Herefollows internet commandments for kids going online for the first time, courtesy Pumpic. Please see the infographic created by Pumpic for great tips within each *commandment*… Don’t post something you will regret later. Protect your online privacy on social media. Don’t fall for email phishing […]

Summer Boredom Buster: FREE Finding Dory Printables!

After much anticipation… Finding Dory is in theaters!!! YOU GUYS. FINDING DORY! I usually don’t write about movies, but I got an email with some Finding Dory printables, and then I went and saw the movies on opening night, and I loved it, and then I remembered these printables, and then I thought…”I AM SO […]

Making Summer Fun: For Both Mom and Kids

So here’s the thing about Summer… It’s awesome and it’s awful all at once. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but maybe I’m not. Making Summer Fun (ner) I love summer because the chaotic schedule loosens up. I love summer because it is warmer than January. I love summer because it means there is more time available during […]

Parenting: You Can’t Please Everyone/Anyone

Thank goodness the point of parenting is not to please people. You Can’t Please Everyone However, that’s not what “everyone” thinks. In the age of this here, High Internet, it is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE not to fall under the judgement of, um… EVERYONE ON THE INTERNET. One person criticizes helicopter parenting while another comments: Aside: this “dangerous […]

Talking to Younger Siblings About Prom and Graduation

Little ears. They hear a lot more than they let on. Talking to Younger Siblings About Prom and Graduation It can be tough too… being the youngest. Not that I can speak from experience… OLDEST CHILD REPRESENT! *I am a blogging ambassador for Ask,Listen, Learn and am being compensated for this post. All opinions are […]


Note: I first shared this short essay on Motherhood in May 2012. Though my kids are 4 years bigger, my heart still feels very much the same. I suppose I always will *heart emoticon*… I don’t know about you… but motherhood for me has been NOTHING like I expected. I TOTALLY underestimated the blessing of motherhood. […]