Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer

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Although my daughter is in summer camp, she still has quite a bit of free time when she gets home.  Since she is an only child and I am a WAHM, I can’t always play with her as much as she (or I) would like.  But I didn’t want her plopped in front of the television or bored all summer either.  I needed to come up with an exciting way to keep her busy.  The Super Fun Summer Challenge was born!  She absolutely LOVES it!  I told another mom about it and she told another mom and they want to get their kids in on the fun.  I thought perhaps you would too.  All the kids need to participate is a notebook, stuff you already have around the house and their imaginations.  Here’s how it works… Continue reading

3 Tips To Help You Plan Your Next Party

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It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July weekend is upon us already!  As hosting the festivities can be overwhelming, I am sharing 3 tips to help you get out of the kitchen so that you can enjoy the party.  Continue reading

Best Sunscreens for Kids

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Since summer is finally here (yay!), I wanted to share some tips and products to help keep kids safe while they enjoy fun in the sun.  Naturally, I started the list with sun safety.  I learned so much surprising information about sunscreen, what’s in it and what to avoid, that I decided it deserved its own post.  I knew sunscreen was pretty much a bunch of chemicals, but I never really put much thought into what those chemicals could be doing to my child’s skin and her body!  Did you? Continue reading

Birthday Party: Tinkerbell Fairies & Pirates

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Around her 5th birthday, Journey was in LOVE with all things Tinkerbell.  So I did my best to recreate the land of Pixie Hollow. Continue reading

Between Us: Are All Husbands Idiots?

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My husband is an idiot.  Scratch that.  All husbands are idiots.  Loveable idiots, but idiots nonetheless.  They are allowed to drive cars, build computers, fly planes and even run the country.  Yet, when I watch the way they are portrayed on television sitcoms and commercials, I am amazed that they are able to get dressed by themselves!  I know it’s only for entertainment purposes and I’m all for a good laugh, but why does the laugh always have to be at dad’s expense? Continue reading

How To Keep The Perfect Outfit In Your Closet

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After doing some spring cleaning in my closet last weekend, I thought it was the perfect time to share this post about what to do when you have nothing to wear…which probably seems like all the time! Continue reading

inspIration: Hope

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I was talking to a friend a few days ago who has a big meeting scheduled to pitch a project she is working on.  I congratulated her on the great news to which she replied, “Well, it’s not a done deal yet, I don’t wanna get my hopes up.”  I don’t want to get my hopes up.  I never liked that phrase.  Why wouldn’t you want to get your hopes up about something that you are excited about?  If you don’t have hope, what’s left? Continue reading

Between Us: Does Your Pocketbook Outweigh Your Principles

your virtues are priceless treasures

The message I found in a fortune cookie the day after I started writing this post.

I have boycotted Wal-Mart…about 3 times…unsuccessfully.  The first time was because they were not providing adequate security in their parking lots and didn’t seem to care that their customers were getting robbed.  The second time, I think it was about unfair treatment of their workers.  I can’t even remember what the third time was for…oh wait, it was for bullying squeezing suppliers over costs.  But no matter how hard I try to get out, the low prices always pull me back in.  When it comes to my budget, I believe that every penny counts.  But at whose expense? Continue reading

Eat & Tell: Quick & Easy Pasta Recipes

Shrimp and Scallop Linguine with Tomatoes

Pasta is always my go to dish when I’m out of ideas or need to make something fast for dinner.  Check out these quick and easy pasta recipes that taste as good as they look. Continue reading

inspIration: Time

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Since my husband was out of town, my daughter and I had a Little Ladies Weekend.  That’s what we call our special time together. Continue reading