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humor with children - because sometimes

Last night I was lamenting photo-less weekend.  “Now I won’t have a Hello Monday post for tomorrow.” My son, the one who used the word auspicious in conversation just moments earlier said, “Have a Mom Monday instead.” Now that’s not a bad idea, but it would require my children to do something funny, because let’s [...]

Tell All – Confession Time

Friend Graphic with two owls sitting on a branch

Today I tell all. Or at least a few things you may not have known about me.  It’s confession time on The Fringe. I thought I would take this opportunity to get to know you a little bit better, but it’s hard for me to entice you into spilling your guts in the comments, so [...]

One Target Dress Worn Seven Ways

Seven Ways to Wear One Target Dress

1 Dress Worn 7 Ways In this post, I will show how you can invest twenty bucks into buying one basic dress and then wear it seven different ways. I wish all my clothes were this versatile. I’ll also be adding this to The Pleated Poppy’s What I Wore Wednesday. Style #1 I bought this [...]

The Library: My Office Away from Home

The library: My Office Away from Home

Hello Monday Since this weekend was a bust, I decided to show you our library, my office away from home. I mean, I could talk about how FringeMan came down with the stomach bug, but that’s not a good Monday morning topic. Let’s just say I declared the second floor of our house a contamination [...]

Life is Short. Wear Your Tiara.

life is short. wear your tiara sign

My daughter got a tiara for her birthday.  She’s an eleven year-old princess. We went to our favorite accessory store, Charming Charlies, and gushed over the amount of eye candy – beads as far as the eye could see, and purses with bows.  It was a rainbow of girly goodness and we found our pot [...]

3 Things For A 13th Birthday

birthday advice for a teenager

Today is my son’s thirteenth birthday.  When I held him in my arms for the first time, I couldn’t really see ahead to this day, not even in my imagination.  Goodness, I couldn’t see ahead to solid foods.  I was afraid to give him his first bath and I didn’t know how to burp him [...]

The Cure for Dry Skin

A treatment to help cure exceptionally dry skin. It's cost affective and it works!

My skin is dryer than the Sahara Desert on a sunny day in August.  I wish I were kidding, but the battle for soft, well-hydrated skin began in childhood.  Dry flaking skin with patches of eczema has always been part of my life. Dry skin becomes worse in the winter.  If you have dry skin, [...]

Mommy Super Power

Mommy Super Powers

  I’m a mother with a mommy super power, and I’m pretty sure I am not alone in all this super power goodness. We’re all gifted in different areas, but I suspect someone else may have the same super-power as me, or not.  The range of mommy super powers is far and wide. Wanna know [...]

DIY: Balloon Wreath

DIY Birthday Balloon Wreath

A wise woman knows when to step away from the glue gun and abandon the craft scissors.  She recognizes when she’s been outsmarted by D.I.Y. I never claimed to be smart. Besides, it was my daughter’s eleventh birthday and she’s over the moon for crazy colors and zebra stripes. Unfortunately I began this wreath the [...]

Mothering Mishaps

Mothering Mishaps

Forget about the mother-of-the-year award.  Who needs one more things to dust and polish. Today is all about Mothering Mishaps.  Now, don’t you dare let me go on thinking I am the only mom who screws-up from time to time.  You better commiserate in the comments, because I am about to make you feel much, [...]

A Few Things Every Parent Should Know

Parenting Advice

Things you must know about parenting: Children multiply like Gremlins. The more you feed them, the more you get. One minute you are queen (or king) of your castle and then next minute you are reduced to scrubbing Kool-Aid out of the carpet. Some days, alone time translates as twenty seconds in the bathroom.  On. [...]

Easy Home-Made Bread, A Recipe

Low Cost Recipes - Fail Proof Home Made Bread Recipe - bake bread like a pro. Go ahead!

For the longest time I thought home baked bread was a skill reserved for the Ma Ingalls type of woman.  You know, the woman who plucks her own chicken, sews her own apron, cuts her children’s hair, picks eggs, and grinds wheat. I don’t hold a candle to Ma Ingalls. I may get my craft [...]

The Skinny on The Jeans

Skinny Jeans Fashion Trend

If skinny jeans came in husky, I would buy three pairs. After trying on six pairs of skinny jeans in assorted sizes and colors (because, yes, there just might be a difference between the red and mint jeans), I have banished everything “skinny” from my life. I have high expectations when I get dressed in [...]

Shaving Cream Wars

How to throw a low cost party you will never forget - Shaving Cream Wars

  Shaving Cream Wars – A Party Your Kids Will Never Forget   Warning: Heavy on photos.  Allow a moment to load. As the last day of summer vacation approached, I told FringeMan I wanted to do something special for the kids – summer’s last hoorah. We decided on shaving cream wars.  So I baked [...]

Heart of A War Bride

vintage war bride ring of love

Today I am linking with a Mom2MemphisAndRuby for Thrifty Finds Link Party. Hope over and see lots of other great finds…after you read this post and see mine. My name is Ade Johnson.  I was born in Brooklyn, New York  on a warm summer’s night in 1920.  I am the oldest of four children, three [...]

10 Things I’ve Learned about Dieting

Dieting TIps

I’m on a diet.  That should be explanation enough for any weird moods and hallucinations of cheeseburgers. I find myself Googling every yummy food known to man in order to get a calorie count, only to realize I cannot eat it, because diets only let you eat the caloric equivalent of a piece of unbuttered [...]