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  Easter is just around the corner and if you hit any big box store you’ll see the aisles lined with candy, toys and baskets. All very tempting, especially if you shop with your kids! For my family the Easter bunny fills their baskets with items they can actually use. Sure we have some jelly beans but I go light...
With the holidays in full swing life has been a bit busy for me. Teaching is certainly taking up a huge bulk of my time, obviously!  I’ve been busy holiday shopping, baking and most recently enjoying my new Jeep Wrangler! I can officially say I will not get stuck in my driveway this winter! At least I hope not! Most...
Today I’m going off the beaten path. I’m just writing about what I’m feeling and thinking and I hope that is okay. This is after all my online home, right? So, my niece started kindergarten today. This little munchkin I just love to pieces and I knew my sister would be sad. You see, when she’s sad I’m sad. It...
Alright I’m frustrated. My little girl is frustrated and saying she is F-A-T. Yup, she screamed it. Rage of scream and tears – the whole 9 yards! I felt my heart break in half and crumble to floor into a million little pieces. Why would she say something like this you might wonder? It’s simple really, she felt fat and she felt...
Last week I shared with you how easy it is to add smoothies into your daily lifestyle. They are nutritious, filling and easy. You may already have everything you need to begin your new smoothie lifestyle. All you really need is a blender. If you’re juicing then you may want to consider adding a juicing machine to your kitchen...
Summer day camp is here and that means each day I pack lunches, sunscreen, bug spray, towels, bathing suits and lunches. Oh wait and snacks, extra clothing, water and um…I’m sure a million other things. A back pack does not work! Everything ends up lost or at the bottom of the bag and the kids claim they never saw the apple...
Minecraft is a game that is highly addictive (Aren’t all video games?) but if you’re a mom that doesn’t play the game you might be wondering if it’s okay for your kids to play and what all the fuss is about. I can relate because I do not play Minecraft but both my six and nine year old do...
Summertime is here! This means later nights, dirty feet, marshmallow covered faces, bug bites and endless rock collections. For my home it will now include summertime chores because last summer I learned that my kids still need structure and routine. Otherwise my summer is no fun because I’m cleaning up the sand, doing the laundry and putting it away...
For the last four months I've been working with the most inspiring group of women that I have ever worked with. Women determined to be healthier and to make changes in their life to lose the weight the no longer wanted to lug around. They had #Cinchspiration goals and whether it was to fit into a dress size, run a marathon,...
Motherhood is something I always remember wanting. Even when I was little I would put a pillow under my shirt and pretend that I was going to have a baby. Then I would play with my dolls and feed them, dress them, rock them and play mommy. I fondly remember playing mommy and adoring my baby dolls. As I...
Today my daughter is 5 years old and she asked for fruit kabobs for her school snack. How blessed am I? Of course these colorful and delicious fruit snacks are topped with 2 slices of candied fruit with sugar sprinkles but it is her birthday after all. Who doesn’t deserve some sugar on their birthday? Admittedly, I was hoping for...
The Christmas and New Year’s holiday means children are out of school. I remember looking forward to this long break. Staying in my P.J.’s all day playing with my new toys, sledding with my friends and staying up later to watch movies! I also remember saying I was bored –which makes no sense what-so-ever. There was plenty to do...
I’ve heard these comments a dozen times…  “Mom, come on!” “Mom, hurry up we’re waiting!” “Mom, are you done yet?” The children are usually in my ear or shouting from afar with their hands on their hips while I’m finishing up an email, quicklky publishing a post, submitting one last edit for work, replying to a tweet or checking some text message on...
The Digital Mom Handbook was written by two blogging pals of mine, Audrey McClelland and Colleen Padilla. If you meet these two in person you’ll see immediately they are as genuine as they come. Besides the fact that I’m featured on pages 114 and 115 the book gets two thumbs up from me for the following reasons:  The authors are...
My family likes to eat dinner together but sometimes our schedules just don't permit it. I'm off to a meeting, my husband is running late or a child has an after school activity! Though we strive to eat together I am always aiming to at least plan a healthy meal that is fulfilling. I'm sure you are with me on...
This post has no rhythm or reason other than to share with you one of my favorite pictures. A picture that makes my heart smile. What pictures do you have that do this for you?
This contest has ended and Shannon has been randomly drawn and notified! Earth Day is tomorrow and in honor of this special day Aveda has offered to give away a set of their Rosemary Mint line (shampoo, conditioner and bath bar) which contains peppermint to awaken your senses and rosemary to help protect from environmental damage! A “Feel Amazemint” gift...
Nudity and every families comfort level with it are different. For some families it is normal for everyone to see each other nude (at least while the kids are younger). From showers to getting dressed it might not matter to some families. I know plenty of parents (mom and dad) whom shower with their young children and it is...
I've known many, many babies with gas and digestive problems. The babies that always seem to be in pain or spit up all day long! My good friend had four of these babies, bless her heart! Most often these babies end up on medicine to help them feel better but when I found this video on baby massage as an...
Some things since the 1930's have changed for the better, like car seat safety and leaving a hospital with a new baby! In the last six years of being a parent I have never installed a car seat by myself. I did not think I was "strong enough" and it looked so difficult. Putting your knee into the seat,...