Keeping the Joy in Family Travel – A Guest Post

Photo Source: Muha Today’s guest post is from my friend, Amy, the voice behind Mom’s Tool Box as well as Mom’s Travel Tales. She’s my globe-trotting hero. I can’t wait for her travels to bring her my direction. Family travel can be filled with wonderful experiences and adventures. And it can also wear a mom […]

A Whale Cake You Can Bake!

See this guy? He’s my resident scientist/archeologist. He loves all things having to do with biology as well as historical artifacts. He devours nonfiction books like some read comic books. So it was no surprise that he asked for another whale shaped birthday cake last month. Last year he also had a whale cake. And […]

To Be More Joyful: Be a Yes Mom

Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Ain’t that the truth? I don’t know about you, but for me, crabby can manifest itself in a […]

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. […]

The Smart Mom’s Guide to Playing Monopoly

As a child I loved playing Monopoly. I somehow had no idea how many hours a full game entails. Yes, ignorance is bliss. Last Christmas we finally had enough kids old enough to play “the real Monopoly,” so that was one of our family gifts. And recently the boys and I have started playing it […]

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. […]

Playing Card Games with Kids (Card Holding Board Tutorial)

Card games are fun to play with kids. Make this card holding board so that little hands don

Card games are fun to play with kids. Make this card holding board so that little hands don’t get frustrated. Photo Source: Lilit FishPapa and I have always loved to play games. I’m not sure if it stems from a lack of video and television for more than half our marriage or if we would […]