The Best Time to Be a Kid + Win a $2500 Gymboree shopping spree!

Gymboree believes in savoring the special moments, especially during the holidays.  That’s why they are ushering in the holidays with “The Best Time to Be a Kid“, a fun initiative that allows us to tell the unique stories of special family holiday moments.  I’m all about savoring memories with my kids, and since these moments are […]

Let’s GO Fuel Up to Play 60!

I LOVE a great initiative and the , activated by The California Milk Advisory Board which represents more than 1,500 of California’s dairy families is fabulous.  It’s designed to empower students to take charge in their own lives.  It’s meant to show them that they can make small, everyday changes at school and home that WILL make […]

Easy After School Snack Idea {Kid’s Snacks}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #CollectiveBias #AfterSchoolSnacks Now that we are heading back to school, it’s time to start thinking after school snacks.  My kiddos come home starving, and especially during the first week of school, I’ve decided to up my game and […]

Wordful Wednesday – Halloween 2013

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words. It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try. Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link to the […]

Juvenile Dermatomyositis – Our Story

My daughter has juvenile dermatomyositis.  Ever heard of it?  I hadn’t either.  Until she was diagnosed with it.  It affects 3-5 in a million children a year in the United States.  There’s no cure.    They don’t know exactly what causes it, but they do know there is a genetic link that is triggered by […]

Educational iOs App Reviews by Balefire Labs + {giveaway}

Even though my kids are back in school and their free time is at an absolute minimum, they still want {and can absolutely make time} to play on their mobile iOs devices. Now more than ever, I want to make sure that if they are playing on their iPods and iPads, they are playing something […]

Star Athlete Poster {how to}

If you have a child in individual sports like ice skating, karate or gymnastics, then you’ve probably been responsible for making a “Star” athlete poster.   Most schools also have “Star” student posters, so if you are like me, you dread the week your child comes home with the assignment for making their “star” poster, […]

Wordful Wednesday – Climbing Trees & Rescuing Lizards

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words.  It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try.  Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link to the […]

Online Safety with Cocoon Kids {smart move}

Online safety for my kids is SO important to me, so I was thrilled to learn that CocoonKids for KlaasKids, the fabulous {and innovative-there’s nothing else quite like it out there} online safety software for kids is ready for download!  I’m lucky enough to be a member of the Parent Advisory Board for Cocoon for KlassKids, so I […]

Wordful Wednesday – Twins Talking

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words.  It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try.  Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link […]

Make a White List and Protect Your Kids {CocoonKids for KlassKids}

I was thrilled to learn about a free browser plug-in designed to protect children from corporate tracking and family computers from malware, recently.  CocoonKids for KlaasKids has developed a plug-in that works with Firefox or Chrome.  Parents can lock it into “Kid Mode,” ensuring kids only browse a parent-sourced whitelist of recommended, appropriate and safe websites.  Accessing sites […]

Wall Hanger from AYSO Team Banner {tutorial}

If you are wondering what do make for your team with Your AYSO Team Banner at the End of the Season, then this tutorial might be right up your alley.  It’s super simple to make a wall or door hanger for each team member with the Team Banner!  AYSO banners can’t be re-used and it’s traditional […]

Wordful Wednesday-Halloween 2012

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words.  It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try.  Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link […]

Wordful Wednesday ~ Rain Gutter Regatta 2012

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words.  It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try.  Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link […]

Happy Father’s Day 2012!

This Father’s Day I actually prepared early. I made a Father’s Day Banner for Jeff with the kids, and had them create art work and sign a card. I mailed my dad a gift well in advance of Father’s Day, which I haven’t done in ages. Then, as I was sitting on my rear feeling […]

Wordful Wednesday ~ The Tooth Fairy’s New Policy

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words.  It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try.  Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link […]

How to Throw an Alice in Wonderland Themed Party {tea party}

Themed Birthday Parties are so much fun, and my sister threw another excellent one, her best one yet.  If you are wanting to throw an Alice in Wonderland, tea inspired party, this post should give you plenty of ideas to get you started! Invitation 1.  First up, the invitation:  the invitations were a Tim Burton’s Alice […]

Remember That Time My Twins Humiliated Me in Public?

I started this blog years ago {in 2006 to be exact} to record little stories about my life as the mother to a bunch {5} of little kids {at the time they were aged 6 years and under, I believe}, including my twins who were constantly and I do mean constantly getting into all kinds […]

5 Things I Love About My First Born ~ Listable Life

My first born is getting ready to go to junior high.  I think she’s ready, and I’m confident she’ll be able to handle it. I’m not ready though.  I’m still in denial. Grace has so many wonderful qualities, and one of them is the ability to discern right from wrong.  If she continues to make […]

Tips for Talking to Your Tween

I’m entering unchartered territory here as a mother to a tween {with more to come} and so I enlisted the help of a certified nanny to give me advice on how to talk to my tween.  Maybe this will be helpful to you too?  And the good news?  If I do this whole mothering thing […]

How to Throw a Parisian Themed Birthday Party

Wanting some girly-girl birthday party inspiration?  Then look no further.  My sister threw the best Tres Chic Parisian Themed Birthday Party for her daughter recently and I couldn’t help but share it with you.   Ooh la la! Invitation Every good party needs a fabulous invitation, and this invitation was definitely fabulous.  My sister used […]

Wordful Wednesday-Happiness is Having a Circus Themed Party!

I mentioned last week that the BIG CIRCUS THEMED PARTY for the twins 6th Birthday was coming up…..it’s THANKFULLY come and gone but I couldn’t let today pass without my glimpse of part of our Holiday Happiness.  The holiday season six years ago brought us the birth of our high risk twins and so each […]

How to Throw a Circus Themed Party

The Twins turned 6 a few weeks ago and to celebrate the big day we threw them a Circus Themed Birthday Party. At first the birthday party plan was to have a low key party lacking any theme.  But then I found the cutest Free Circus Party Printable Invitation and I couldn’t resist making the […]

I Survived the Boy’s Pirate Party…

…But just barely. I thought I had everything planned down to a T, but then, something less than desirable happened, and I ended up feeling really rather angsty. I actually spent a ton of time planning the party.  I painstakingly planned the menu with Pirate Pizza, Gold Fish, Wormy Weapons (sour worms), Plunderer’s Punch (Red […]

Fishing is SO NOT for the squeamish.

When I was little fishing meant reeling in a fish and then running off to play or do whatever else it was I was doing when my dad or grandpa caught me a fish and then called me over when it was my turn to do the fun part. I was never around for the […]

Our Visit to a real life DAIRY

My brother in law works at one of the top ranked (as in top 10) dairies in Utah for quality of milk. I didn’t realize what a big deal this was until I actually visited a dairy and got the 411. Apparently, there are different grades of milk.  I did not know this.  For example, […]

Pioneer Woman, I’m not

We go visit the horses every time we visit my grandparents.   I’m not even clear whether my grandfather owns the horses, to be honest.  I’m assuming he does since he saddles them up and lets us ride them.  And feeds them.  But, you never know.   {Kidding.  I’m kidding.}  This trip  I decided to take […]

If you want to know the truth….

Look what I found? A gem I forgot to publish last month………. Just ask your kids. If you can’t handle the truth, don’t ask. Trust me on this one if you haven’t found this out for yourself. Yesterday while lounging by the pool I was complaining about my weight (I’m ridiculous. I know. Weight isn’t […]

PSF-The Case of the Preying Mantis

I’m hosting Photo Story Friday today with one of my favorite mommy bloggers of all time, Cecily. I’d like to invite you to link up and play along. I just found out that I can buy a case of Preying Mantis eggs for only $8.00. That $8.00 case of eggs is supposed to hatch into […]

Kids…….

I was planning on having a little rant fest about my kids today. I was going to tell you that last week (make that 2 weeks ago. I forgot to publish this) wasn’t my week. I intended to explain to you in minute detail why my children get into worse trouble than your kids. I […]

The Weiner Dog & Coyote Boots

My kids are the absolute best when it comes to providing comedic relief. Take this conversation for example: (Background): The kids and I were talking about going over to my cousins house and that she has a dog.Emma, “({cousins name}-I’d reveal her name, but making it seem mysterious and secret is more fun) has a […]

Snail Races

Good Free Fun. You should try it. My kids loved it. Look closely and you’ll see the snails. Ready, Set, Go. DISCLAIMER: Lest you think I’m the cleverist mom around I suppose I should confess that I didn’t think up this game. My dad did. In fact, he has quite a few tricks up his […]