Birthday Cake Roundup Next Week!

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For the past few years, I’ve hosted a very fun event called The Birthday Cake Round-Up. Twice a year readers get a chance to show off the creative birthday cakes they’ve made for their children. And I’ve made some pretty fun ones, too, sometimes just for this occasion. For the curious, check out past round-ups: […]

Movie Surprises: Four Films We Loved

Over the last six months, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some movies I’ve seen. I didn’t have huge expectations of these films, possibly because I did not research them heavily. Perhaps it helps not to know about the latest and greatest. Regardless, I was very pleasantly surprised. These films got two thumbs up and I […]

Save Your Stories for Your Kids

Adventure Mom Janna has come up with a brilliant project to help you record your stories for your children. Check out Mommy’s Piggy Tales to see how you can write your life’s story in 15 posts or less. What a great way to pass on your history to your kids! Janna’s got a timeline as […]

Birthday Traditions To Make Your Child Smile

Our family is currently in the midst of Birthday Season. We have four birthdays take place in about three weeks’ time. It gets a little crazy around here. And my birthday cake mojo definitely gets a workout. But, it’s good times, nonetheless. Here are some birthday traditions that we’ve found to be really fun: A […]

Disneyland on a Dime

You can’t live or travel in California without a trip to Disneyland. Sooner or later, I think a trip to Disneyland, the original Disney theme park, is in order. Yet, the tricky part is finding a way to afford it. Amusement parks are never cheap. And while Disney, in my opinion, is the creme de […]

Meal Planning: Easy Summer Meals

Summertime says, “Slowdown and relax,” to me. It doesn’t mean that we really have a slower schedule. But fewer obligations, longer days, and warmer weather suggest a vacation mentality. Easier said than done. While the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer can’t usually take the whole summer off, there are things that we can do to […]

Memorial Day is More Than Just a Picnic

When I was a child I considered Memorial Day simply a holiday which interfered with my birthday plans. Inevitably, most of my friends would go out of town for the long weekend, and birthday party attendance was sparse. In later years I thought of it as an odd tradition that older friends had of decorating gravesites […]

FishFam Visits The Happiest Place on Earth

Well, we did it. We took the plunge and headed to Disneyland with SIX KIDS. What a blast!