Make Bedtimes Special

make bedtime special

Make those last waking moments a special time between parents and kids. At our house bedtimes have taken shape differently over the years. In the beginning all our little boys were in one room, until we had four twin beds lined up in rows. I made the rounds to kiss everyone goodnight and talk to […]

Just Be You

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Feel right in your skin. Be you. It won’t cost you a dime. In our culture, we spend a lot of time and money trying to be that which we’re not. I imagine that between the make-up, the surgeries, the weight loss programs, and the self-help industries, we spend a lot of time, money, and […]

Take a Bath


Take a bath and relax. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the to do list. Last winter I found myself overdoing. I’d lie in bed at night, my heart racing. I’d put too much on my plate and the anxiety to hurry and get ‘er done was doing me in. I knew […]

Take a Hike

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I’m not sure if it’s old age or what, but being out in nature has become more appealing to me than it once was. It might be that my kids are getting big enough to do outdoorsy things besides the up and down on the slide or the swings. (I confess to being extremely bored […]

Cuddle with your Peeps

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Forgive the blurry Instagram photo. It’s what happens when it’s late at night and you’re not using a flash. This is me and my girls, following a new ritual. In an effort to get myself to bed earlier, I’ve invited the kids to come tuck me in. I realized that I was neglecting making the […]

Bake Someone Happy

bake someone happy

I played in the kitchen this weekend. It was a very tasty way to spend a few days. But, the highlight, of course, was to sit by the oven with these two, waiting for our cookies to bake. I confess that I’m not always eager to let my little ones bake. I’m usually in a […]

Live Like Life is Short

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Stop and smell the roses. Roses don’t last forever. The seasons change. The flowers fade. And if we don’t enjoy them while we can, we might miss out. My mom’s dad passed away when I was just five. Shortly after his passing, a plaque appeared on the kitchen wall that read, “Let us love one […]

Watch a Classic Film


Pull out your favorite old film and watch it with someone you love. As you know we’re movie and sports people around here. Watching TV shows is somewhat of a special occasion. And while I love new releases, I love classic films. I suppose “classic” is in the eye of the beholder. Typically, I mean […]