I'm the first to admit it. Once upon a time, I declared I would never ever ever drive a minivan. Even after baby number three, I STILL did not budge. But after six months of popping the trunk...
For 228 days we lived in transition.  On day 229 we moved home. A few months ago, I wrote about how the derecho took our home.  How it was traumatic, and sad, and infuriating.  We were lucky; our house could...
I love lists, but I especially love crossing stuff off lists. I need my tasks written down or they will not get done. I am incredibly scatter-brained, so that organization really helps me function. My nature is also messy and...
2020 has been one dumpster fire of a year. We thought COVID-19 was bad, and then the Derecho grabbed the playset in our backyard and rolled it several times, destroying it along with our fence and other parts of our...
Sometimes, we mothers want nothing more than to be alone with our thoughts. Or, in my case – and in yours, too, I suspect – to put noise-canceling headphones on my noggin and tune in to a podcast.  Such has...
Emergency preparedness can seem daunting. But it's also important. I learned a lot about my emergency preparedness (and lack thereof) a few weeks ago during and following the derecho. And I feel like now is a perfect time to talk...
My kids and I transitioned from our family home to a temporary rental for a beat. And the rental does not have central air. It was something I hadn’t had to deal with since my childhood. As an adult,...
I am not a tidy person. I never have been. Mess has been part of my identity since I was twirling around in tutus like an unstoppable tornado. I say to my husband "You knew who you married." Right, wrong...
I am not an environmental fanatic.  We buy single-use plastic, use aerosol sprays, and throw away containers that are recyclable to avoid some seriously gross clean up (like the chicken containers after you remove the diaper...heck no).  Still, I...
Who loves playing exciting games like Chutes and Ladders and Candyland on repeat? Yeah, me neither! But my family does love games! Here are some of our favorite family board games:  (many have learning components, which is great while kids are...
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The Best Season of All is Fall: My Fall Favorites

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Close your eyes and just imagine the following... The crisp air and the cool breeze coming through an open window.  The changing of the leaves...