DIY Smoothie Bar

My kids love to eat. And they love to cook. They also love to make some messes along the way. Recently, I came to terms with that cook-mess-eat reality. Afterall, I’m probably going to make a mess, too. So, I might as well say, “Yes!” and let them help. We can make memories and messes all at the same time. Oh, yes, yes, we can.

Magic Monkey Bananas: Evidence That I Can Be a Yes-Mom

Even though I try to plan all sorts of fun family activities, the truth is that I often tell my kids, “No.” There are only so many hours in my day. And, truth be told, dishes and laundry often pre-empt the fun stuff. I’m trying to grow in this area and redeem the days. These days of little ones will be gone before I know it, and I’m so often distracted by the busy-ness of life. So, I’m so excited to share this story with you.

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: “We Love MOM” Cupcakes

You know how much I love cute cakes. I’m not a fancy cake maker. I’ve never taken a class, nor do I know how to use a pastry bag — at least not well. But, I love to make festive cakes. Here’s a super easy one, perfect for Mother’s Day 1. Bake your favorite cupcakes, […]

Birthday Party Inspiration

This is my 7th birthday party. Oh how I do love me a birthday party. My mom made me a luau, complete with handmade dresses for all the guests. Oh how I do love me a themed birthday party. Talk about being creative and fun! Oh how I love that. And oh how I still […]

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?

Vacation Freebies

Ever since our days of traipsing through the South of France together, FishPapa and I have loved to travel and see new places. And that hasn’t changed since having children. Our luggage has just increased.

And, I guess, truth be told, we’ve always been budget travelers. When it was time to choose a honeymoon location, airfare to France was actually less expensive than Hawaii. How convenient! We flew across the Atlantic for about $200 roundtrip for each cheap seat!

Family Fitness You Can Afford

Photo Source: Mike Baird Finding that you’ve grown a regular crop of couch potatoes over the winter? Wondering why it’s so hard to motivate your family to get out of the house? Looking for a solution to a little extra flab yourself? It might be time to get fit. To read my article on family […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Dessert

Ultimate Recipe Swap

No dinner is complete without dessert. At least in my opinion. It doesn’t have to be something exotic or elaborate, just something a little sweet to end the meal. And, geek that I am, I love themed desserts for special occasions. My kids love to create birthday cakes that match their interests. And I love […]