Printable Paper-Craft Sources

PaperCraft Cupcake

I fell in love with paper crafts the moment I put together the first house for my Christmas Advent calendar.  All the cutting and pasting is a bit of work, but the finished products are adorable. Just this past week, I made seventeen of these little cupcakes.  I’m going to fill them with mini-marshmallows and Teddy Graham crackers and give them to the kids in

Think On These Things

a touch of spring in a long, cold winter

I feel like I broke through the ice and am drowning in the frigid waters of upstate New York. That’s slightly dramatized, but all I’ve seen for the past few months are fifty shades of white, and I am officially over winter! My car doors hardly open because they are iced shut. My laundry room is flooding, despite my son removing every flake of snow

This is 40.

What -40- means to me...part of the Conquering 40 series

I turned 40 this past Thursday.  I wanted to write an emotional, insightful, mind-blowing post on my birthday, but I was too tired. After work, I took my kids out to celebrate.  My husband couldn’t make it, because of his crazy work schedule at the hospital, but the kids and I had fun.  We even ordered dessert, personal cheesecakes piled high with fresh berries and

The Boston Girl – Book Review

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant - a book review

The Boston Girl tells the story of one woman’s life.  She is both ordinary and extraordinary in the most spectacular ways. The book begins with Ava asking her grandma, Addie Baum, how she became the woman she is today.  Grandma Addie was born in 1900, but her story begins in 1915 and concludes at the time of this interview in 1985.  This story takes us

7 Things to Do With Your Kids on A Snow Day

7 Things to do with your kids on a snow day

If you live in world without snow days, I am equal parts sad for you and jealous of you. In one word, snow is work. If you live in a place with snow, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  If you live in the deep the south, you won’t believe me, even if I explain it to you. The thing is, when I was

Color Your Style – Book Review / Discussion

Color Your Style - Book Review / Discussion

Color Your Wardrobe Girls, do you like to color? Color Your Style by David Zyla is like coloring for grown-up girls. My coworkers and I have been studying this book for the last six months, at least.  We’ve been geeked-out on color!  That’s what happens when you work in a library.  You latch onto a book and don’t let it go, no matter its due

Everything, but The Kitchen Sink

Why this mom is packing everything, including the kitchen sink!

My brother and I eagerly climbed up into the back of our 1977 burgundy Oldsmobile Station Wagon. Because vacations of my childhood always began in the pre-twilight hours when most of the world was tucked into their beds, my parents folded down the back seat, giving us a queen size snooze through New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. We never closed our eyes; surprises awaited us,