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Cuddle with your Peeps

Forgive the blurry Instagram photo. It’s what happens when it’s late at night and you’re not using a flash. This is me and my girls, following a new ritual. In an effort to get myself to bed earlier, I’ve invited the kids to come tuck me in. I realized that I was neglecting making the […]

Live Like Life is Short

Stop and smell the roses. Roses don’t last forever. The seasons change. The flowers fade. And if we don’t enjoy them while we can, we might miss out. My mom’s dad passed away when I was just five. Shortly after his passing, a plaque appeared on the kitchen wall that read, “Let us love one […]

Stopping at the Fish

I must be in a hurry these days. And God must be sending me a message. That I need to stop and smell the roses. The idea of this series came to me at the very last minute on Sunday night. I quickly made a button and threw up a post. And ever since then, […]

Make Cinnamon Popcorn & Watch a Show Together

I never watch TV. But this week I popped corn and joined my family for a show. There are few things that we watch on TV. Hockey, football, golf, NASCAR, and a couple cartoons. That sounds like a lot when I say it, but we don’t watch any regular “shows”, other than the cartoons.  I […]

Tips for Stress-Free Painting with Kids

Mixing paint and children can have a mom quaking in her boots. Life as MOM contributor, Janel, demystifies the fine art of letting your kids be artistic. “Mom, how in the world did a 3-year old create a masterpiece like that?” That is what my daughter Ella said when she saw this postcard from her […]

Back to School Grade Level Printables

Commemorate your children’s back to school with signs declaring what grade they’re in. We started school a few weeks ago. And as often happens, not all my plans came together in time for the first day of school. Good apples are pretty hard to come by in August, so I didn’t get our traditional apple […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Scroll through summer photographs and relive summer vacation as a family. I’m not sure what happened. I must have blinked. And now summer vacation is over. O-V-E-R. We started school last week. We got a rolling start, cooking frogs, the slow immersion method. And we survived. Next week will be harder, but not as hard […]

The One in Which I Ramble a Lot and Show How We Created a Fun Play Space for Our Kids

My kids have no shortage of toys, books, and games. In fact, we have an entire single car garage, aptly dubbed The Toy Garage in which we store the aforementioned toys, books, and games. Each child has a stash of his own personal items in his bedroom, either in bins under the bed or in […]