Household Notebook: Getting My Game On

Dishes, laundry, errands, grocery shopping. There are lots of plays in this game of motherhood. Some days the action on the court goes well. You know that “she-shoots, she-scores,” kind of day when you feel like you’re an all star mom or at least on the starting string. And other days? Well, you wonder why […]

Get Organized!

Home Organization

If you haven’t figured it out already, your “life as MOM” will go much more smoothly if you’re organized. There are wonderful resources out there to help you get your act together. One of those is I’m an Organizing Junkie. Laura not only hosts Menu Plan Monday, but she also regularly posts great ideas for […]

One Small Step for Mama, One Giant Step Toward a Successful Weekend

Some people may think this is an odd way to spend Friday night. While I’ve never been a big party girl, I’ll claim six children and the stomach flu as my excuse. We were supposed to be in Santa Ynez, but our plans had to change. Anyway…. Always one to make lemonade when life hands […]

A Salad Bar (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Make Ahead)

There are times in life when you come across an idea and you say to yourself, “Why haven’t I been doing this all along?” They are usually simple ideas that make your life even simpler. And that alone makes them brilliant. Those who know me know how much I love salad, especially for lunch. I […]

Clothe Your Kids Without Losing Your Shirt!

Those kids — they grow every year! I tell them to stop, but they won’t. It seems every time I turn around one of my boys is sporting “high waters” because he’s outgrown his pants. And the girls? Well, it’s just the same. (That’s not really a crop top she’s wearing; her shirt’s just too […]

How Do You Store Your Legos, You Maniacs?

My youngest brother, Jace, is about fourteen years my junior. I’m the oldest; he’s the youngest. Interestingly, FishBoy12 is closer in age to him than I am. Jace was the original Lego Maniac, if there ever was one. His childhood infatuation with Legos is the main reason that I held off ever letting my children […]

Got a Move On?

Moving? Yeah, me, too. I think it’s the fifth move we’ve made in twelve years. It’s always exciting in some respects: new start, new place, new people. But, somewhere in between old and new, I find myself overwhelmed and saying, “We are NEVER doing this again.” Yeah, uh-huh. One thing that has always been helpful […]

The Battery Box – It Works for Me!

Years ago a friend showed me a practice that her parents had handed down to her. It was a small rubbermaid box filled to the brim with batteries. I was shocked. It had never occured to me to stock up on batteries and to keep them in one centralized location. (This was obviously before my […]