Summertime on a Dime

summer enrichment

The weather’s heating up; school’s out; the season just invites you to be out having fun in the sun. As appealing as amusement parks, resort vacations, and dinner out every night may sound, it just doesn’t fit the average household’s budget. How can you make summer memories without breaking the bank? Here are just some […]

Don’t forget! Send Me Your Cakes!

If you’ve got a fun cake picture to share with us, send them to me at lifeasmom(at)sbcglobal(dot)net! I’ll be posting these on Friday. All participants will be entered in a random drawing for a cake-ish prize.

Be Prepared: Day Trip Checklist

road trip

I hate reinventing the wheel. So, I like to make lists. You know this already. I make the list once and then keep it for future reference. This applies to daily chores, grocery lists, vacations, camping, and, especially day-trips. Getting ready for a trip of any kind takes so long, why do I want to […]

Family Fun: Hidden Pictures

I have fond memories of looking through old picture books with my mom. She would ask me to find a certain type of animal, or a man on a bike, or a lady with a hat. We would spend hours looking through books, her asking questions while I carefully examined the book. It probably led […]

TGIF: Movie Night

Movies

One of our favorite ways to relax on a Friday night is to watch a fun movie together. Since we don’t watch tv except for 2 hours of qubo each week — and the occasional sporting event that FishPapa and the boys can’t miss — turning on the set to watch a movie is a […]

Pinatas: A Birthday Tradition

incredibles robot pinata

If you have ever watched a rerun of The Love Boat, you’ll be familiar with the character named Julie The Cruise Director. My husband has jokingly referred to me as “Julie” on more than one occasion. I love to plan big shindigs and entertainments. (I’m way better at the planning part than the execution, but […]

Preschool Play: Story Stretchers

Since my mother is a college professor, a specialist in Early Childhood Education, a former kindergarten teacher, and a Child Psychology major, you can bet that my growing up years were filled with all sorts of “developmentally appropriate” activities. (And yet, I still turned out kinda wierd. Anyway….) One of the great things about having […]

Birthday Traditions

8th birthday

Growing up, I always looked forward to the traditions that my mom had instituted. They were things that we could count on when special occasions rolled around. A special gift on Valentine’s Day, usually a gold, heart-shaped charm. Huge stacks of Christmas gifts, each child’s stack wrapped in different style paper. And Toffee Dream Pie […]