Odds and Ends

Magic Kingdom: Ben the Birthday Boy

Disney & Nickelodeon Vacation: Disney’s Magic Kingdom

The first time we took the kids to Disney I think we made several mistakes that culminated into a vacation, that simply wasn't a vacation, it was exhausting... The kids were 3 and 5 years old, too young to walk, [...]

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Disney & Nickelodeon Vacation: Nickelodeon Resort

Ben and I originally planned to go to Italy this year for his 40th birthday and the vacation of a life-time, but once we found out that he was going to be deployed we changed our plans to have a [...]

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Pizza, Pool and S’mores Party

What better way to end the summer than spending some time with some great girls, having pizza and eating decadent S'mores beside a pool!  THERE IS STILL SOME SUMMER LEFT, take my advice HAVE SOME FRIENDS OVER AND S'MORE IT [...]

Back to School Grade Announcement

Back to School: Free downloadable!

    Who's thinking about back to school?!  ME! :) For years I've seen other mom's posting Facebook pictures of their kids with placards saying what grade the kids were entering and I'm the slacker mom who didn't make a sign, [...]


I submitted myself for judgement

I did it...I can't believe I just did it...I have serious butterflies in my stomach, tears are in my eyes because I'm so nervous.  What if they don't like it?  What if I've been kidding myself for 13 years?  What [...]


Are you a Craft-a-holic?

Hey guys, It's been a while since I've been on my regular schedule of Monday posts, but I swear I've been busy with crafty stuff.  As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure I have issues.  So I've put together [...]

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Home Depot – Do it HerSelf Review

Why do you read my blog - I hope it is because I shoot the truth and don't waste your time and provide valuable content.  Which is why I feel it necessary to write about Home Depot Do it Herself. [...]


5 Tips for Planning a Super Bowl Party: Spotlight on Quinn!

Hello dear readers! Please welcome my guest poster, Quinn McAdams! Quinn is a self-proclaimed health enthusiast. She loves spending time with her husband and two boys. When she's not driving her boys from sports practice to sports practice, she enjoys a [...]


Fitness Apps for Weightloss

I am, like many of you, BUSY!  And like many of you, I have set fitness goals or "resolutions".  I wrote an article almost 2 years ago about how to keep a new years resolution and keep it, and in [...]

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Kids and What I Learned Today – Our People

This past weekend I learned how much we are not in control.  One day, when this is over, I will share with you my worries, issues and prayers - but for now I can't, I just can't....I can't even write [...]


New Year, New Look!

Did you notice anything different? Did you double check the URL to make sure you went to the right site?  I've been working on a revised theme/skin since October, something clean, easy to find stuff and visually pleasing to you [...]


Major changes are coming!!!

Hey everyone! Happy New Year!! I'm not sure if you noticed, but I haven't posted a new article in a week, this slow streak will soon end as soon as my site has undergone a major change. I'm getting ready [...]

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Tate Farms – the Place to Be for Fall

I don't know about you guys, but I feel like fall has fallen on us FAST!  We went to Tate Farms one Saturday after Em and LilMan had soccer games and arrived at Tate Farms a little after 2 and [...]


20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

I am a blogger, I am a mother of two kids, one boy and one girl, I married my College Sweetheart (he'd get a kick out of that statement. :) ). But You probably knew all of that and you [...]

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Meet Our Dog Sophie

If you follow me on Facebook, you've seen this smiling face before.  This is Sophie our awesome Australian Border Collie Mix. During the kids Spring Break, Ben was in Russia, so the kids and I rented a cabin around my [...]

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Kids and What I Learned Today – What If…?

Our morning school day routine is perfectly timed so that we have to leave the house at 6:50 to avoid long car lines and get LilMan to school by 7:00, 7:04 at the latest.  Every morning we follow the same [...]


Happy Anniversary to My Dear Hubby

Ben and I met nearly 20 years ago and have been married for 13 years now.  Every day he can make me laugh and every day I'm grateful that he and I met in tennis class so many years ago. [...]

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Kids and What I learned – Payback

The other day I had a two unrelated conversation with two parents who have children around the same age as mine ( 4 and 6) and what I found was very comforting.  Their kids are about the same pain in [...]

Saved myself 3 hours and $150!

I wish I would've taken before and after pictures...I thought about it but wasn't sure how good my hair would turn out.  Well, let me tell you, it turned out really well, especially since I've never cut or dyed my [...]


Last Year’s New Year Resolutions and This Years

I actually did all of last years New Year's Resolutions - shocker right? So this year, it's a little less about organizing and fixing the house (thankfully much of that is done because we are selling the house).  So this [...]


Waiting on Phil

Right now I'm sitting on my back porch with a cup a second cup of coffee waiting to take a picture of one of three ground hogs who live in the woodline behind our backyard. It's a patience game... I [...]


I Hate Goodie Bags!

My rant: I hate making them, I hate receiving them - whoever started making Goodie Bags should've been shunned rather than copied.  I just picture that it started from some ultra-rich Jones type that everyone wanted to keep up with [...]

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My First Encounter with the Alpha Mom

This soccer season my Hubby volunteered to be a Coach. When he first told me over the phone he was calling me from his "Man Conference" in Orlando.  My first thought was 'crap, don't I do enough' and what I [...]


Why You Should Blog and Helpful Tools

  This week is my 1 year anniversary of blogging!   This is one of the longest posts I've written because I've got a great deal of passion for what I've learned, love and desire to do more. If there [...]


12 Whys in 2 Minutes

I'm about two minutes behind Em and LilMan's activities. As I'm trying to catchup, I'm walking from upstairs to downstairs, moving from room to room, asking myself: Why is the bathroom light on? Why don't they flush the toilet? Why [...]