Fire in My Child’s Eyes

Fire in My Child's Eyes: A Humorous Look at Family Life, specificially in the kitchen

Tonight as we were eating dinner, my husband asked, “Where is that draft coming from?” It’s seemed cold in the house today and he thought perhaps one of our basement windows blew out.  That happened back in January.  The force of the snow coming from the neighbor’s snowblower blew out a window and our pipes [...]

Flew The Coop

mushroom covered in ice

Sorry to be MIA for the last week, but I flew the coop. I’ve been hanging with my aunt in Georgia. I attempted to escape the snow, but I wasn’t so lucky.  It followed me. There’s something strange about southern snow though. It falls – everyone loses power – it melts. This all seems to [...]

Teenagers, A Lot Like FLesh-Eating Diseases

14th birthday party - edited with Waterlogue App

My son had a birthday party this weekend. Eleven teenagers did not just fill my living room, they consumed it.  The life (and noise) emanating from my little house probably registered on someone’s Richter scale.  Then I fed them pizza, Doritos and Mountain Lightening (hey, I’m cheap. at least I bought the real Doritos.). Once [...]

14 Birthdays

14 Years - the birthday boy

Anyone feel like you’re living in the movie The Day After Tomorrow? Last night my brother sent me a picture of his car.  It had ice hanging off his rear-view mirror.  No big deal, except he lives in Florida.  This morning I looked through pictures of my nephew playing in the snow with his dinosaurs, [...]

Encouraging Young Readers

6 Ways to Encourage Young Readers, Part 2 of Raising Readers

This is Part 2 of Raising Readers.  If you haven’t read Part 1, go on over and then come right back. Kids are amazing.  They can learn and comprehend so much more than we give them credit for.  Building good habits young will benefit them throughout their entire lives.  One of the habits I’ve tried [...]

Raising Readers

How to Raise Readers, because reading is the basis of all education

I love to read and I wanted to raise my children to be readers. My husband isn’t a big reader.  He always opts to watch the movie, but the movie is never as good as the book.  Ever.  Reading doesn’t come naturally to him, so he reserves it for the Bible.  I honestly don’t think [...]

Best of Family – 2013

Best of Family - 2013

When I look back over 2013, I am surprised by the sheer quantity of posts.  Seems like my husband is right.  I do have a lot of words! It’s always fun for me to look back through the posts I wrote, especially the ones about my family.  That’s what I absolutely love about blogging – [...]

Crashing Through The New Year

Crashing Through the New Year

Today has been quite the coaster ride and it’s left me a little dizzy.  I hope it was a fluke and not a precursor to each day of this new year, because while I love excitement, I can only handle so much in day, much less a year. This afternoon one of our neighbors threw [...]

Worst Mother-of-the-Year Award is in The Bag

bank vault

She’s in an antique bank vault and it has nothing to do with today’s story.  Of course it doesn’t.   I’ve got this award girls, so quit trying. I am well on my way to winning the Worst Mother-of-the-Year Award. I think it’s December.  I seem to have troubles in this month.  Perhaps there’s just [...]

Heart Gifts

greatest gift

Today my daughter went to school looking like a more extreme version of her bag lady self.  The kid down the street came in to warm up by the fire.  He said, “Are you really going to bring all of that?” “Soon I’ll have to get her a shopping cart.”  I said. She had all [...]

Cancer Sucks

Cancer Sucks, but there is always hope

I suspect you already know that.  I’m sure there are a number of you reading that are nodding your heads and saying, “Been there, done that, don’t want a repeat.” My aunt was just diagnosed with a very rare form of Lymphoma.  She’s in the 1%, but somehow it is not the right 1%. It’s [...]

Christmas Cards – Extinct until Now

Open Me Christmas Card Choices

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Open Me, but all my opinions are my own. #PMedia #OpenMeHoliday   We are fragile and yet so very, very strong at the same time. I never realized that more than last year when my father-in-law was in [...]

American Girl Doll Fashion Show

American Girl Doll Fundraising Event for Upstate New York's Cerebral Palsy

American Girl Doll Fashion Show Upstate New York’s Cerebral Palsy Association hosted an American Girl Doll Fashion Show as a fundraiser this weekend.  We attended last year and had so much fun, we decided to make it a bit of a tradition. I love when we can enjoy a wonderful day out and help a [...]

Instagram: Life in Photos

Instagram: Kid's Scarecrow costume

Friends, I’m short five posts for my 31 Day Cheap Tricks series. I’ll catch up, but I’m not stressing over it. I’m giving myself permission to breathe and to get it done when I can. Hope you understand. Now, lets take a look some Instagram pictures.  If you’re not following along, please do! This is [...]

Playing Doctor

Sunset @The Domestic Fringe

Last night we were in the doctors.  My son has a sinus infection and we managed to get the very last appointment of the day. When the nurse asked how long he’s had symptoms, I said, “It began on Friday.” My son, the one who if I say the sky is blue must say it’s [...]

Living in The Now – a look at life in the present

Sunflower @

Living in The Now – a look at life in the present   Five thirty is being very unkind to me. I’m not a morning person by nature (you would know that if you saw me stumbling around with my eyes half-open) and my husband works odd hours.  This summer when the kids and I [...]