Celebrating with Merida & a Brave Inspired Birthday Cake

Pixar Brave birthday cake

This week my big girl turned six. It’s hard to believe. It seems like just yesterday that we welcomed our first daughter into the family! It is only in the last few years that FishChick6 has clued into the advent of presents, cakes, and celebrations. She was rather perplexed when I didn’t go shopping the […]

Got Your Family Photo On? (A Giveaway from Shutterfly)

shutterfly holiday cards

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner: bennett81252@ Remember that bit about planning ahead? There are less than six weeks until Christmas. Yes, really. As we’ve discussed previously, a little advance planning can ensure that your holiday season won’t be a harried one. If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to […]

Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Pies)

Chocolate cream pie

Make your own Chocolate Cream Pie from scratch! OK, who’s ready for dessert? I am a big believer in homemade pies. They are not terribly difficult and they taste SO much better than store bought. Don’t even stop in the grocery store bakery when you can make one of these babies at home. On Good […]

Simple Planning for a Stress-free Holiday Season

christmas tree

Yes, it’s that time of the year again! The holidays are just around the corner and chances are you’re getting stressed over the gifts that need buying, the food that needs cooking, the decorations that need putting up. Life as MOM contributor, Prerna Malik offers suggestions on how to lighten that load with good planning.  Yes, it […]

Reflections on Pregnancy Loss


This weekend we celebrated our miracle baby’s 12th birthday. Every year it gives me pause to see how much time has passed and how our family has grown — in size and maturity — since the evil year of 1999. For those of you just tuning in, here’s the short version of my miscarriage story. […]

Animal Tales & a Giveaway from Greathall Productions (CLOSED)


Enter to win a copy of Animal Tales by Jim Weiss. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: paynere3@, simplyathome99@, sweepluv09@ Admittedly, I’m not an animal person. I’m a “look but don’t touch” kind of person when it comes to animals which explains why we don’t have pets. I’m thankful though that despite my […]

Tips for Taming the Backpack Clutter

tips for taming the backpack clutter

If you’ve got kids going back and forth to school this year, chances are you’ve got a fair amount of “stuff” to manage, including the little bits and pieces that come home in the backpack. Troubleshoot your kids’ backpack clutter with these ideas provided by Life as MOM contributor, Jessie Leigh. photo source: Corsi Photo Oh, […]

With Wings Like Eagles

eagle lodge

I loved what Deanna had to say in her last post, didn’t you? Though her babes are less than three years old, she’s gained such wisdom in her early years of motherhood. Trial by fire, in some ways, yes, but iron is strengthened in the forge, isn’t it? That is motherhood in a nutshell. It’s not […]