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 – [...]

Suddenly, I’m the Camp Counselor

FringeKid picking blueberries

Yesterday began early, very early.  So early that I had to stop for coffee on my way out of town. I wasn’t going out of town, like in we’re headed for some sort of vacation or voyage or anything.  I was just headed to a neighboring town to visit the community college.  My daughter was [...]

Birthday Party in The Park

kids with water balloons

After a pretty spectacular birthday party in the park this weekend, I’m joining Lisa Leonard in saying Hello to Monday. I’m ready to officially change my children’s birth-dates to a summer month, because sunny skies are way easier to work with than snowy roads. I cannot tell you how thankful I am that Saturday was [...]

Why I’m Not Getting The Mother-of-the-Year Award

silly FringeKids

The only two goals I have for summer are sleeping late and going swimming.  For real. I don’t even need a whole pack of markers to write those two things on a poster-board and make a fancy summer list, and it’s a good thing, because the markers have left the house.  Seriously.  Once there was [...]

No Fuss Parenting – Bedtime

5 Reason I put my Kids to bed Early - Mostly because I need to keep my sanity.

    I put my kids to bed early, especially when they were younger. I’m not gonna lie to you, this was mostly for my sanity, but I believe it was good for them too.  The jury is still out. I’m terrible at keeping schedules, and I’m not even sure if I have any routines [...]

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Pillsbury cinnamon roll heart shaped waffle

I’m pretty sure my kids thought the world was ending this morning.  I made breakfast on a school day and it was full of sugar and all things good. Normally a weekday breakfast in our house looks like a bowl of cereal, microwaved oatmeal, or toast with peanut butter.  I’m not a morning person and [...]


first day of school jc

I snoozed my alarm clock three times this morning. I should be more ashamed than I am, but I have always been honest with you here.  I never once pretended to like mornings.  Before 10 a.m., I am no better than a sluggard with sand her eyes. Today is day three of back-to-school.  If it [...]

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 [...]

My Confession & A Work of Art

Folk Art in Vermont

I must confess. Now listen up please, because I will only say it once.  I cannot  bear the guilt and shame of repeating myself. As I sit here sniffing my cinnamon spice cookie candle, I am ready for fall. Almost! There I said it.  I feel like a terrible weight is lifted from my shoulders.  [...]

The Day After Ugly

So my “ugly” post is being received about as well as bowl of poison berries.  I just felt like I had to say life is ugly.  Sometimes.  We may white-wash her, prop her up in a corner, and paint her lips, but she’s still ugly.  There are people who are hurting, who have lost everything, [...]

12 Reasons I Love My Boy

JC birthday cake

Sunday was my son’s birthday.   In this whirlwind of a weekend, we threw him a party on Saturday and went into NYC to visit my uncle, Wayne the Pain on Sunday. Late on Saturday night, I handed my son a card.  aghast, my daughter exclaimed, “You didn’t get him a present?” “It’s ok.”  FringeBoy [...]

Summer Art – Be Inspired to Create With Your Kids

Summer Art - Be Inspired to Create With Your Kids

Photo courtesy of Sydney, The Charming Tyrants Summer Series – Day Three Summer Art So far I LOVE this Summer Series and am wondering why I didn’t think to host it sooner.  Shannan and Laura have been so wonderful in sharing their hearts and talents with us.  If you missed Summer Fun and Summer Fashion, [...]

Why I know Skype was Not Invented by a Woman


Good morning Friday.  I’m glad to see you; however, I would prefer your sunny smile to your sad, gray mood.  We are wet with your tears.  No need to be sad.  It’s officially summer, and we need your warmth.  Our southern friends are bragging of your goodness, your smiling face, and the warm golden glow [...]