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 [...]

Save Your Mornings and Your Sanity

Save Your Mornings and Your Sanity with Jimmy Dean Sausage & Pancakes on a Stick - Breakfast on the GO!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jimmy Dean, but all my opinions are my own. #PMedia #onthego   I am not a morning person.  Before I had children, people understood that about me.  My coworkers would steer clear until I had a cup of [...]

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, [...]

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 – [...]

Personal Goals for 2014

Laundromat People

I pretty much fell off the face of blogland. What’s that?  You didn’t notice? I didn’t think so. Since I’m quite proficient at waiting until the last-minute, the days leading up to Christmas were pretty busy, not necessarily exciting or productive, just busy.  I messed up a batch of cinnamon rolls and then spent Christmas [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Insta-Friday, The Last Pumpkins

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins and Milk

Insta-Friday is all about the pictures. They are a pretty good summary of my week. I took this picture on Thanksgiving morning. I loved the way the light was spilling brightness all over. My mother made fun of my little pumpkins. So I took another picture. I still have the pumpkins. I know we’re a [...]

T2 Video on Marriage

T2 Video - Women helping Women

Friends, there’s a brand new T2 video with Danielle Peters, marriage writer over at Fancy Little Things and founder of the 72 Hour Club. It’s 17 1/2 minutes long and it’s a little better than first video.  We’re learning! We’re not learning too much though, because in the video, I look like I’m part of [...]

Chalkboard Paint & Wall Decals

Eclectic Home Office / Playroom - Home

This is the chalkboard wall that changed my life. Ok, not really, but I’m surprised by how much I like it.  I was really afraid to paint an entire wall in chalkboard paint.  I thought it might make the room look like a cave and I definitely didn’t want my son and his friends to [...]

Once Portugal Bound, Now America Bound

Michael & Nina Andrzejewski

I am 50% Portuguese, the child of a Portugal born truck driver.  My dad came to America when he was a teenager, old enough to retain an accent and thoroughly confuse American sayings.  On occasion he’d slip from English into Portuguese all in the same sentence, Ricky Riccardo style. He drove a milk truck and a limousine.  I truly [...]

3 Things, One Tattoo, & A Golden Antler

Tattoo of Boots Nailed to the Cross

I’ve been a little off this fall. I mean, I didn’t put out one pumpkin in my house.  Not one.  I thought about it, but when I went looking for my “fall” decorations, I couldn’t find the box, because I think it’s buried behind our Christmas decorations and I just wasn’t that committed to being [...]

How Frugal Living Affects My Children

How Frugal Living Affect my Kids - Part of the 31 Days of Cheap Tricks series on The Domestic Fringe, helping you live for less

Frugal Living Sparks Debate 31 Days of Cheap Tricks began with a bit of controversy, or perhaps questioning more adequately describes the Facebook chatter.  It caught me off guard, because I didn’t expect frugal living to stir debate. My goal throughout this series has been to help you live for less. Frugality is not controversial.  [...]