Summer Academics Or Summer Forget-Its?


Part 1: 5 Ways To Make Summer Parenting Easier Part 2: Our Summer Fun List Part 3: Our Summer Chore List One of the more frustrating things about typical American education is the three-month summer break. Not that we aren’t taking full advantage of lazy mornings, pools and vacation time, but year-round school makes so much […]

Summer Chore List (Part 3 of Our Summer at Home)

Summer Chore List

Part 1: 5 Ways To Make Summer Parenting Easier Part 2: Our Summer Fun List Now summer can’t all be fun because dishes don’t wash themselves (sadly) so I’m implementing our summer chore time where the kids do at least one chore most days of the week. Already we have some chores that are just done […]

Our Summer Fun List

Summer Fun List

The kids and I sat down over the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day Weekend, and made our summer fun list. I thought I’d piggyback off of my previous post, 5 Ways To Make Summer Parenting Easier, and share some of the ideas here. Pocahontas State Park: We haven’t been as a family and heard the […]

5 Ways To Make Summer Parenting Easier


A few years ago, I wrote a post entitled “I Am Not A Summer Parent,” where I detailed why having no schedules and being the one in charge day after day was not for me. It was all true but not how I wanted to stay. I wanted to find joy in all the seasons even […]

I Miss The Days When My Kids Did Not Know April Fool’s Day Existed

Short Pump PacMan

April Fools Day is upon us, which means I’ll be spending the day trying to come up with pranks that won’t get my kids’ kicked out of school. I miss the days when they didn’t know April 1st existed. So far I found a fake ketchup bottle craft where a string comes out instead of […]

Fashion Tips: An Interview With A Five-Year-Old Fashionista

fashion quote

My 5-year-old is a much better dresser than me. She’s fancy while spunky, classic while trendy, and just has that magical eye to see a jaunty headband would make all the difference. Since my daughter is always in style, I thought she could help us old people figure out how to keep up, keep in, […]

The Best YouTube Videos You Might Have Missed, Which Would Be Terrible

sad cat diary

Now that we’ve had a break from the snow, we can screw around on the Internet again. I mean what else do have to do while the kids are at school. Work? A few of my favorite YouTube videos: My Little Ponies, Friendship is Magic is amazing in and of itself but when you make […]

Words Give Us Away


I collect words. Words and phrases and quotes. I have since I was young. In fact, at 14, my best friend and I made up a word, “pharparsnick,” as in, “stop pharparnsnicking around and get to work.” When I moved down south, I immediately adopted “y’all” not because I was trying to trick people into […]

Why I Love Valentine’s Day Cards

Store Bought Valentine Card

I know classroom celebrations of Valentine’s Day are annoying. Buying 25 cards. Getting our kids to sign every single one. Seeing other parents go way overboard or judging a family for not hand-making every cards to go with a fancy gift basket of organic bamboo. I read the articles and hear the parents mocking them, but when […]

New Year Resolutions, Celebrity Style

New Year Resolutions Celebrity Style

New Year! New You! I’ve been really wanting to change myself, and it seems like 2015 would be the perfect year to do it! And who better to guide my way than the ever-changing celebrities, sports figures and 24-hour news cycle. Can you guess which story inspired each of my 15 New Year Resolutions? I […]