Do Something Unusual

I just got home from taking three kids to Legoland’s Brick or Treat Party. These guys, aged 8, 10, and 11, are Legoland’s “target audience”. They were thrilled with our evening at the park. I had a blast being escorted by two Spideys and a Hawkeye. (And I was so glad that folks recognized him […]

Enjoy a Cuppa Tea

So far this month, I’ve shared 25 ways to stop and smell the roses. If you’ve been reading along, you’ll have caught the theme I’m working under: enjoy my health, enjoy my family, slow down, and make the most of all the good in my life. I’ve mentioned already several good habits that I’m working […]

Ask Your Mama What She’d Do Differently

I don’t think I understood my mom so well until I had kids old enough to argue with me. Then I realized that she’d survived a lot! Our parents, grandparents, and older mentors have already walked in our shoes. They “get” where we are as parents today. If we have ears to hear, we can […]

Go for Coffee with Someone You Love

We are coffee and cocoa and tea people around here. Hubs leans more toward coffee, half the kids toward cocoa, the other half toward tea. I sway back and forth among all the choices. The point is we like to be cozy with a hot drink, especially in colder weather. Lately, I’m getting the chance […]

Take a Nap

Take a nap, be refreshed.   This past summer, I started taking naps. Thanks to this post from Michael Hyatt, I decided to give it a try. What I realized was that I had previously misapplied naptime technique. I only took naps when I had three hours to spare. And then, I usually woke up […]

Read a Good Book

Spend time every day reading a good book. It’s a great way to stop and smell the roses. I don’t know about you, but this series has been really good for me. I’ve been so much more mindful of how I’m spending my time. After several months of letting good habits slide, I’m getting back […]

Count Your Blessings

My cup runneth over. Good friends just drove away after a fun-filled weekend of laughs and good food and quite a few dart gun fights among our combined eight kids. The extra win was that no one went to the ER. These are friends that we’ve known for close to seventeen years. They kept hospital […]

Browse a Bookstore

Spend an hour in a bookstore with your kids and let them explore. It’ll be so fun! Earlier in the month, I took my four younger children, the 10 and under set, to Barnes and Noble. The mission: to witness my book on the shelves. What I didn’t realize was what a fun experience it […]