Magic Monkey Bananas: Evidence That I Can Be a Yes-Mom

Even though I try to plan all sorts of fun family activities, the truth is that I often tell my kids, “No.” There are only so many hours in my day. And, truth be told, dishes and laundry often pre-empt the fun stuff. I’m trying to grow in this area and redeem the days. These days of little ones will be gone before I know it, and I’m so often distracted by the busy-ness of life. So, I’m so excited to share this story with you.

Have Bag, Will Travel (or Go to the Beach, or the Park, or on a Picnic)

Now’s the season for getting out and about. The weather is warming up. Spring fever has hit. And the outdoors beckons you to load up the family and head out for adventure.

But, do you ever find yourself…

at the beach or other fun locale, and the weather turns cold, and tshirts and shorts just won’t cut it?
on a family field trip at a location where budget-friendly meals are a foreign concept?
at the park for an impromptu outing and find that you have no balls or toys in the car?
on a road trip without sufficient activities for the kids to amuse themselves with?
on your way to a faraway special event only to find out that someone made it into the car without any shoes?

Family Fitness You Can Afford

Photo Source: Mike Baird Finding that you’ve grown a regular crop of couch potatoes over the winter? Wondering why it’s so hard to motivate your family to get out of the house? Looking for a solution to a little extra flab yourself? It might be time to get fit. To read my article on family […]

Share Your Disney Adventure

That’s us! Many moons ago on one of our last trips to Disneyland. Can’t believe that it’s been 15 years! But, we’re getting ready to hit “the Happiest Place on Earth” in the next month or two. We’ve never taken the kids, so we want to do it up right. Yesterday I asked you all […]

Help Me! Disneyland Do’s and Don’ts?

I grew up as a Disneyland girl. My dad was — and still is — a kid when it came to Mickey, Donald, and roller coasters. His excitement about a day at “the Happiest Place on Earth” was contagious. And we were raring to go whenever he said so. We lived about an hour’s drive away […]

Making St Patrick’s Day Meaningful and Fun

Photo source: Family Fun Magazine Many people think of St Patrick’s Day and images of leprechauns, pots of gold, and rainbows come to mind. And those are certainly fun, don’t get me wrong. But, there’s so much more to the patron saint of Ireland than meets the eye — or has been related through modern […]

What’s Your Single Best Afternoon? (& a Giveaway)

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My best days include these people — and this guy. They are truly what give my life purpose and joy. I am such a blessed woman! Eighteen years ago, shortly after I met “Fish,” we spent Easter Day together. We had known each other just a few months, having met in his hometown/my college town, […]

TGIF: Sandwich Night

‘Twas a full day of library, lunch date with FishPapa and homeschool park day — with a shoe shopping trip thrown in for the kid who left the house with no shoes and we were too far to go home and get them and still be able to do what was planned. I’m beat. Thankfully, […]