Just Hanging Out: Classic Laundry Management

When we moved from Kansas to California late last month, we were without a clothes dryer for several weeks. It’s a long, boring story why that is. But, the point is that while I could clean clothes, I couldn’t dry them with the push of a button. Not a good thing when you have up […]

Toddlers and Trouble

Isn’t she cute?! That’s my FishChickie. She’ll be two next month. She is just adorable with her angel halo hair and big brown eyes. She loves to cuddle with me and play with my hair. It’s her little comfort mechanism and instantly puts her to sleep. She’s my girl, and I love her fiercely. But, […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Infant Bouncy Seat

Around these parts a “tool” is defined as anything that helps you do your job well. Back when I was a teacher, my sweet husband called my clothes my “tools” and insisted on a large clothing allowance. Yes, those were the days. He’s still generous with my clothes money, but my arsenal of tools has […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Electric Griddle

Many moons ago FishPapa began a family tradition of making Saturday pancakes. He even let our oldest, a toddler at the time, assist in preparing the batter. You can bet that my eyes bugged out when he let our 18-month old crack the eggs. Since then, pancakes have been a regular part of the weekend […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: MapQuest

If you’d ever gone on a road trip with FishPapa and me, you’d know that I make a lousy co-pilot. Usually I forget the map. I always assume that he will have one, since I think maps are a guy thing to have. But, since I’m generally responsible for loading the vehicle, a reasonable person […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Large Cupcake Pan

I love this great tool that Ryann is presenting for today’s edition of Toolin’ Up Tuesday! When I first read about the Wilton Dimensions® Large Cupcake Pan last fall in a Parent’s magazine, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I knew I had to create this giant cupcake for my daughter, Addyson’s, […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: The Intuition Razor

I have never been much of a primper. Part of the reason is that I’ve never really been “hip” or up on the fashion trends. So, with my luck, if I did too much primping, I’d be wearing last decade’s styles. I have been more than just your grocery variety geek all my life. The […]

A Necessary Accomplishment

One of my favorite sets of books is written by Louisa May Alcott. Eight Cousins and its sequel, Rose in Bloom, are sweeter and more romantic, I think, than the Little Women trilogy. In Eight Cousins, a young heiress named Rose is cared for by her bachelor uncle after the death of her father, his […]