Valentine’s Day Cards for School

v-day cards

Valentine’s Day Cards Valentine’s Day is all love, hugs, and kisses until your kids hit the middle school when all sweet feelings unravel to the point of national scandal. I mean, you need a team of analyst to sift through Valentines and sort the friends from the foes from the secret crushes.  There’s candy, red [...]

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 [...]

Splurging for An Ugly Christmas

Splurging for Ugly This Christmas - A story about my ugly tree.

Friends, this is all absolute truth.  If you ever want to celebrate an ugly Christmas, I am your stylist.  Call me for a Christmas 411 and I shall bring my magic bag filled with all kinds of ugly surprises.  I’m talented that way. After several years of living on a shoestring budget, I decided that [...]

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 [...]

Pizza Dip & Garlic Croutons – Recipe

Pizza Dip and Garlic Croutons - The Ultimate Party Pleasing Recipe

This post is part of a National Frozen and Refrigerated Food Campaign. The recipe is my own.  All content, photos, thoughts, and opinions are my own.  I am working on this post with the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. Pizza Dip – The Ultimate Party Pleasing Recipe Every single day I hear someone complain about [...]

MOPS Called & Told Me to Bring my Voice

I'm hoping for very great things, because there's a whole lot of stupid going on over here.

I’m trying to psych myself up for a full and very busy week, but my heart is still in holiday mode.  I don’t think I’ll be able to shake the festive spirit until the last of the turkey is consumed and that could be a while. Do you ever feel like we jump from one [...]

Craptastic 4th of July

Fourth of July Photo

I absolutely stole this picture from last year – 4th of July.   Ever have one of those holidays where you should have gone out for Chinese food, put a For Sale sign in your yard, and moved to a land without people and holidays? Welcome to my 4th of July. My husband is working, [...]

Say it With A Card

How to Never Miss another Birthday or Anniversary again - send a card

  I should have sent a card! I’m embarrassed by how many times I said that just this year. I have a mental impairment when it comes to cards.   I like them, sometimes I buy them in bulk, but I rarely sign my name to one and put it in the mail. Recently, I found [...]

Valentine’s Day Inspiration

If you are anything like me, holidays zip by without so much as a nod in my direction.  I mean, I am lucky to catch big days, like Christmas, Easter, and my kid’s birthdays. The little holidays get caught up in the mix of everyday.  They are here and gone before I can wrap my [...]

Holiday Humor, Day 2

I felt the skin of my armpit stick together like a piece of double-sided tape had somehow made its way to the deep recesses of my underarm. Beads of sweat broke out on my forehead and I went running as inconspicuously as possible through the crowded, candlelit church. I bee-lined for the basement and ran [...]

Holiday Humor, Day 1

After several years of living on a shoestring budget, I decided that I was going to create a fabulous Christmassy mood in my home this year. I mean, even the mice are getting tired of the popcorn strung on my tree and our stockings have wear holes because we use them for extra socks throughout [...]

DIY Teacher Gifts – Super Easy & So Cute

printable teacher gift

There are only a few more days until school is out for Christmas break.  If you are like me, you’ll spend the next few days scrambling for teacher gifts. In light of the recent tragic events, I think it’s safe to say we all appreciate our children’s teacher more than ever. Yesterday I stumbled on [...]

Making a List, Checking it Twice

Because it’s Monday, and because it’s is raining, and because my creative juices are at all time low, I am making a list and checking it twice. I ate Five Guys twice in the past three days.  That’s what happens when we spend the weekend with grandma.  My taste buds had a little party while [...]

Guilt Free Gift Giving


Isn’t it strange that giving sometimes comes with guilt? Guilt does not seem worthy of Christmas.  The two do not mix, or should not mix, but somehow over the years we went from accepting the greatest gift of all, a savior in the form a baby, to stressing over the gifts we give, the gifts [...]

My Big Fat Tacky Thanksgiving

Antler headband and white Christmas tree

Every family has their special talent; we do tacky well, and we’re kind of proud of it. We planned on being in Vermont yesterday with friends, but the plague took over our house and we were in containment mode. I’m one of those people who like to have a house full on the holidays.  It [...]

Veteran’s Day: Thank You to Those Who Serve

Red Cross Journal (29)

Pages taken from my grandfather’s WWII Red Cross journal. Happy Veteran’s Day to all those who have given their lives to serve, both now and then. Thank You. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.