Summer Survival Kit – Crafts and Activities

Earlier this week I introduced you to our Summer Survival Kit. This is a great “bag of tricks” to keep on hand for rainy days, too hot days, days when kids are just not easily pleased, or just a day when you all want a change of pace. Build one of your own for the […]

Our (Little) Garden

Many moons ago we lived in the country on two acres on the Central Coast of California. I won’t get too nostalgic except to say that we had quite the large vegetable garden each summer. And, truth be told, while I don’t miss gravel roads, well water, and septic tanks, I do miss that garden. […]

Get Your Cow On

Remember this? Yes, two summers ago I was very pregnant and dressed like a cow. That’s FishChick next to me, then the same age that FishBaby is now. Amazing how things change! But some things stay the same…. Like a free meal at Chick-Fil-A this week when you dress like a cow. That’s right, it’s […]

Tie-Dye TShirts: Tips for Success

See that little guy on the left, the one who’s not sure if he’s smiling? Well, the other day we were driving down the road and he said, “Could we paint tshirts today?” It was one of those moments when I could have said, “Not today.” But, I took a moment to think about it. […]

California on a Budget: Have a Fun and Frugal Day at the Fair

I’m not the only Southern California resident working hard at living on a budget. There are a whole lot of us striving to enjoy the Golden State without running in hock. Today’s guest post is from Rachael of Mommy Topics. Rachael shares some great frugal tips for enjoying the San Diego County fair specifically and […]

To Be More Joyful: Get Outside

Wanting to be a more joyful mom? Looking for some relief from that “postal” feeling you have from time to time? Hoping that your children remember your smile more than your crabby, naggy disposition? You and me both, Sister. Motherhood is a challenging job, no doubt. But the rewards can be amazing. If we know […]

Enjoy Summer with a Shady Nook

Many of my childhood summers were spent at an old farmhouse in the midwest. In the side yard was a cluster of shade trees where my mom had the wisdom to hang a hammock. I loved retreating to that cool, quiet spot to read a book. Our backyard here in San Diego has very little shade […]

Planning Vacations for a Range of Ages

As you may know, our six kids are ranged in age from one to thirteen. We represent almost every developmental stage of childhood. Makes for some complex parenting. One thing we’ve struggled with over time is provide activities and to plan vacations that can suit the whole crew. Today, over at Simple Homeschool, I’m sharing […]