Have Bag, Will Travel (or Go to the Beach, or the Park, or on a Picnic)

Now’s the season for getting out and about. The weather is warming up. Spring fever has hit. And the outdoors beckons you to load up the family and head out for adventure.

But, do you ever find yourself…

at the beach or other fun locale, and the weather turns cold, and tshirts and shorts just won’t cut it?
on a family field trip at a location where budget-friendly meals are a foreign concept?
at the park for an impromptu outing and find that you have no balls or toys in the car?
on a road trip without sufficient activities for the kids to amuse themselves with?
on your way to a faraway special event only to find out that someone made it into the car without any shoes?

How to Make a Deluxe Baby Gate

Baby gates have been an integral part of everyday life in FishHouse for quite some time. To keep our littlest one corralled and out of trouble, we have them at the head and foot of our stairwell as well as one on the way into the kitchen. There’s only so much help unloading the dishwasher […]

A Travel Toilet Seat – Don’t Leave Home Without It!

My first child was a boy. And then I had another boy. And another. And another. Four boys in seven years provided lots of excitement in my early years of parenting. Especially during potty training. Actually, I didn’t mind the potty training so much. In many respects, I looked at it as my husband’s responsibility. […]

Making St Patrick’s Day Meaningful and Fun

Photo source: Family Fun Magazine Many people think of St Patrick’s Day and images of leprechauns, pots of gold, and rainbows come to mind. And those are certainly fun, don’t get me wrong. But, there’s so much more to the patron saint of Ireland than meets the eye — or has been related through modern […]

How to Survive a Shopping Trip with Children in Tow

Last week I decided that we needed to get out of the house — all of us. Normally I go shopping by myself. But, it had been off and on raining, and I, personally, was suffering from cabin fever. Plus, I had quizzed everyone on the way to church one Sunday about all the clothes […]

Got a Picky Eater?

The doctor said to feed the baby salsa. My eyes popped out, and my husband’s ears perked up. What?! Her reasoning was that babies adopt the tastes of their families. Since their tastes develop most in the first 18 months of life, she continued, that was the time to expose them to as many tastes […]

God Bless You!

One afternoon last week we headed toward the beach for a little break from the everyday. Despite the fact that we live within a few miles of shore, we don’t have a “view” nor do we visit the ocean each day. But, we try to work it in at least once a week. We had […]

Seed-starting Greenhouse Giveaway from Burpee

Several years and four children ago, we lived in a more rural community on a two-acre parcel of weeds land. We did our best to “take dominion” of that land, and I had a great time learning to garden. Wow! That was fun! Then life got busy and then busier still. With a baby or […]