Not So Random Acts…


I’ll never forget the day my neighbor Wendy showed up at the door with a lasagna and garlic bread. It was no special occasion. No new baby from the hospital. It was no trying or tragic time. There was no obvious need that she was filling. She just wanted to do it, she said. We […]

TGIF: Read Alouds for Preschoolers

Young Girl Reading --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

One of the beauties of having SIX KIDS is that I have always had little ones. Yes, it’s full of challenges, but the preschool years are such a precious time in a child’s life. Currently, I have two preschoolers: a rough and tumble, four year old boy and a nurturing, knows-how-to-change-GI-Joe’s-diaper, two year old girl. […]

Ooh Baby, Baby (Baby Gifts and a Giveaway!)


Update, 1/13/09: This giveaway is now closed. Winner to be announced Wednesday morning. Thanks for playing. Last week a friend sent us the most adorable outfit for the FishBaby: cute frilly jeans and a pink, long sleeved onesie, both with precious embroidery. So cute! I know she’ll probably only get to wear it for a […]

When Christmas Isn’t So Merry


This past week my eyes are opened to the realization that for some people Christmas will not be so merry. For our family, we are grieving the loss of someone we loved very much. We spent several Christmases with my mother-in-law, and now, everywhere I turn something reminds me of her. A brightly colored sweater […]

Links of Love: Quick Food Gifts

Three muffins in a box --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

I prepared this post yesterday before my world dramatically changed. I hesitated to post it. Yet, experiencing grief and realizing what a GIFT food is at a time like this, I thought I’d go ahead and post it. I hope that your recipients are not in dire need, but irregardless, whatever you make for whatever […]

Book It! 5 Great Foodie Gifts


As you know, I am a. a mom b. a food snob c. a glutton So, it should come as no surprise that I love food-cookbook-gadget themed gifts. Cookbooks are generally not too expensive and when paired with fancy ingredients, gadgets, or pretty serving ware, you can pull off a really nice gift for under […]

Great Boy Gifts


As the mother of four boys, I like to think of myself as a pseudo-expert on all things “boyish.” If we had stopped at four children, testosterone would be all I knew. And since my girlies are still so small, our lives are still very masculine around here. As a result, I know all about […]

Christmas Planning: Make a Gift


This morning I started thinking about Christmas. And when I start thinking about Christmas, my mind automatically goes to gift-making. I’ve always enjoyed making gifts and for several years, I made ALL of our gifts to give to family and close friends. (Yes, some would call me a glutton for punishment.) But, I have always […]