The Road to Adulthood: Parental Guidance Ahead


As the mother of an 18 year old Senior in High school, I technically have an adult child... or do I? I am extremely proud of who my eldest son is, where he is going, what he wants to do and... well you get the picture. He is definitely ready to move on to the next stage in life, get out of school and work toward the career he knows he will love. I'm excited for him to move forward, to see him grow, to see him mature and to see him cross those final lines to true independent adulthood. But we ... [ Read More ]

The Toxin Freedom Fighters Campaign #FightToxins #MC


I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central for Seventh Generation. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating When I was growing up, it was rare that I heard about someone being diagnosed with Cancer, or Alzheimer's, or being born with birth defects.  It may have been that my parents kept me shielded from these things, or perhaps it was that there just weren't as many instances.  I am not a scientist or a doctor, but there is research that ... [ Read More ]

American Museum of Natural History Easy Readers


As I mentioned in my last book review, my youngest two sons are struggling readers. When I hand them a book to read they typically groan and trudge through it with difficulty and frustration. I love books that hit on a child's interests to help keep them engaged even when the words might be a little difficult. These types of books tend to help keep children engaged, focused on finding out what it says and cause less frustration. Any time I find books that fit this criteria, I am one very ... [ Read More ]

Puddle Pug by Kim Norman

Puddle Pug by Kim Norman

I love books, always have and always will. Sadly, I cannot say the same for any of my 6 sons. Not one of them enjoys sitting down and reading, every single one of them finds it a mundane and boring task. That's what I get for creating 6 very energetic, athletic and on-the-go, cannot sit still children. In an ongoing effort to help my younger ones enjoy reading, I am constantly searching for fun books that are both entertaining family reads as well as interesting beginner books to help my ... [ Read More ]

In the Midst of Devastation


I often find myself in a quiet state of pondering this week. Since the mudslide in the Oso/Arlington area of Washington state last Saturday, thoughts have been heavy. We do not live in that community specifically, but still, a sense of heaviness and thoughtfulness has settled over so many of us who live even remotely near the small, now devastated area. The days drone on with an overwhelming sense of heartbreak as the chances of rescue dwindle and the official death toll rises. In an instant ... [ Read More ]

Breathe In Breathe Out


Like many other first-time parents-to-be, my husband and I took childbirth education classes during my first pregnancy. It was just one of those things one did in preparation for childbirth. In this class we learned all about babies and various childbirth techniques, etc. The breathing techniques are what have always stayed with me. Ask any of my children and they will very quickly tell you that the number one thing they have heard most frequently in their lives from me is ... Just ... [ Read More ]

Micah 6:8 Now Available


Ok, it's been a long time since I originally featured my first concept of this wall art printable featuring the inspiring words of Micah 6:8 many months ago. My old computer completely died not long after I created the original, so now that I have a computer again, I'm still playing some serious catch up with all the ideas floating around in my head. Here's the preview... "And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" Micah ... [ Read More ]

Spring Cleaning with OxiClean!


Maybe it's just me, but the fact that it's the middle of March, and it's still FREEZING out, has me going a little stir crazy.  While I still can't open the windows, or get some fresh air in the house, I have been indulging myself by beginning my spring cleaning. I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for OxiClean. I received three product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. I have always been a fan of ... [ Read More ]

Ring in Spring with Kohl’s!


I am so excited to share this post with you because thanks to Mom Central Consulting & Kohl's, I was able to shop *for myself* and splurge on some amazing new spring pieces!  Yes, Kohl's was kind enough to send me a gift card so that I could head to my local store and check out all of the fabulous-ness that Vera, Jennifer, Lauren & my other favorite gals have created for spring.  {Vera Wang, Jennifer Lopez, & Lauren Conrad - but you knew that, right? ;)} I participated in a campaign ... [ Read More ]