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Technology and the Life as MOM

turn off your phone

Technology can make or break us. We must use it wisely. Technology is everywhere we look. I’m amazed to think about it since my college experience, some twenty years ago, was completely void of email. Don’t even think about the world wide web. I just went to the library. We live in a time when […]

DIY on a Dime: Put a Little Heart into It

Put a little heart into it pie

Celebrate Valentine’s day with a few simple, yet heartsy touches that won’t cost much. After a grocery trip in which I saw normal $6 bouquets jacked up to $16, I instructed my husband not to buy flowers until Friday. Why pay $10 more because it’s Valentine’s Day? Yes, out of the mouth of the woman […]

DIY on a Dime: Microwaveable Heat Packs

rice bag filled

Sew microwaveable heat packs from colorful fabric. What a cute and cozy gift! As you may know, we’re total wimps here in Southern California. Some of you are weathering extremely cold temps where you live and I’m wearing fingerless gloves as I type. I am cold all the time. I have no idea how I […]

DIY on a Dime: Big Puffy Heart Tarts

heart tarts

Puff pastry and your favorite jam come together easily in these big puffy heart tarts.

Special Celebrations this Week: What Will You Do?

valentine dinner

I can’t remember a time when Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Valentine’s Day were all in the same week. I’m sure that it’s happened before, but I’ve not noticed. With Easter being a little “early” this year, I imagine that’s the reason. My family’s Christian tradition doesn’t include formal observance of the first two, but […]

DIY on a Dime: FREE Printable Marvel Valentine (Boy Friendly)

Valentine You're a Marvel

Last year I wowed my boys when I designed this Super-Mario-inspired Valentine. I decided to follow-up our current Marvel Universe infatuation with a marvelous valentine for this year. This one is super simple to pull together and packs a big ka-pow for the guys in your midst. This Valentine treat capitalizes on a young child’s […]

Lost Boys, Peter Pan, & Fort Building

andrew peterson lost boys

I’m wondering if Peter Pan’s story and the desire to stay young is more for the parents wishing their children to stop growing than it is about kids not wanting to grow up. One of the things that I’ve learned after 15+ years of parenting is that kids love it when you embrace life from […]

DIY on a Dime: FREE Printable Bookmarks for Valentine’s Day

Free Printable Bookmarks for Valentine's Day

Looking for a Valentine Card for your kids to give that’s just a little different? Try these FREE printable bookmarks. When we were kids, my sisters and I would buy the cheap boxed Valentine cards. We’d copy names from the list of classmates onto those cheap envelopes. If it was a banner year we might […]