Enjoy Summer with a Shady Nook

Many of my childhood summers were spent at an old farmhouse in the midwest. In the side yard was a cluster of shade trees where my mom had the wisdom to hang a hammock. I loved retreating to that cool, quiet spot to read a book. Our backyard here in San Diego has very little shade […]

Planning Vacations for a Range of Ages

As you may know, our six kids are ranged in age from one to thirteen. We represent almost every developmental stage of childhood. Makes for some complex parenting. One thing we’ve struggled with over time is provide activities and to plan vacations that can suit the whole crew. Today, over at Simple Homeschool, I’m sharing […]

Freezer Smoothies, Summer Recipes & An Ultimate Recipe Swap

Ultimate Recipe Swap

Hot? Sweaty? Ready to cool off? Well, today’s the day to share your favorite summer recipes on Ultimate Recipe Swap. Summer favorites usually lend themselves to being quick to prepare without heating up the kitchen. Often they are on the cooler side, like salads and chilled sandwiches. But BBQ, grilled meats, or even an easy […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Gone to the Dogs

Summer days can slip by before you know it. Make the most of it by planning a few enrichment activities to enjoy with your children through out the next few weeks and months. After all, all of life is learning. And summer learning can be the most enjoyable, especially since the pressure’s off. Photo Source: […]

Thankful for Fathers

I never really knew my grandfathers. One died when I was very young; the other experienced Alzheimers before I got to know who he really was. My dad worked a lot when I was growing up, so we missed out on many experiences together as well. There can be regrets, but there are so many things […]

Catch a Free Flick Every Week This Summer

I told you last week how we have a plan to have fun this vacation. One of the action items on our To Do list is to go to the movies every week. Now while I love going “to the show,” I don’t love the prices they charge these days. But, thanks to Regal Entertainment […]

Frugal Friday: Head for the Hills — or the Nearest Grandparents’ House

We’re heading to horse country this weekend, also known as The Grandparents’ House. When FishChick heard where we were going, she said, “Oh, good, I get to feed Gwampa’s horses.” Yes, indeed. The girl spends all day every day out in the stable with King and Kino — and Gwampa, of course. He loves it. […]

Birthday Cake Round-Up: To Infinity and Beyond!

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Don’t you just love birthday cakes?! My first “fun” birthday cake was a Big Mac. Really, it was. I was a spoiled only child for several years and somewhere in that time period, I got a special birthday party at McDonalds, complete with a hamburger shaped cake. Too cool. After that, it was hit and […]