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 […]

A Mother’s Day #Moem for Good!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of MetLife Foundation for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I ALWAYS love a great cause and I just found a FABULOUS one that we can all EASILY be a part of.  Mother’s Day is coming up, and MetLife wants to help honor moms with […]

Sending My Kids to College: The ScholarShare Solution

This is a sponsored post from One2One Network and ScholarShare. All opinions are my own. The thought of sending FIVE kids to college pretty much gives me heart palpitations.  {{Thank goodness Jeff is a little more calm and collected about this.}}  I need to make sure my kids get the best chance at a fabulous […]

The Happy Mama Movement Take One {#HappyMama}

Starting in 2014, I joined forces with a group of mamas that made it our goal in 2014 to bring the happy back.  That isn’t to say there wasn’t happy in 2013, or 2012 or any of the years before, but we wanted to CALL ATTENTION to the happy in 2014.  We wanted to band […]

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 […]

Wordful Wednesday – Baseball!

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 ~ I Am a Broken Record

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 […]

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 […]

Wordful Wednesday – Learning Hard Life Lessons

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 […]

Confessions of a Scary Mommy – The Book

Confessions of a Scary Mommy by the one and only Jill Smokler  {Scary Mommy} will be released on April 3th.  I tried to get her to have it published for my birthday {April 1st} but for some reason she couldn’t make it happen for me.  {weird, right?} {image property of Scary Mommy} Anyway, you know […]

Are your eyes watering?

Mine are. And I’m guessing yours would be too if you could smell my house. And me, for that matter. No. It’s not onions. I actually wish it were. It’s smoke. As in, smoke-that-is-in-my-house-as-a -result-of-my-twins-trying-to-burn-it-down. It’s my fault though, so I can’t blame them. I took a shower AND attempted to blow dry my hair […]

Lists

Don’t forget to enter my hip-T giveaway, here. I keep changing my mind. Should I bother?What’s the point?Does it change anything?Nope.But does it make me feel better for saying it out loud?I guess I’ll find out.So, here I am.Without an original thought in my brain.With absolutely NO blogging mojo.What I do have are daily minutiae […]

NICU terms every parent of a preemie knows

1. Ventilator-breathes for the baby when they are too sick to breathe by themselves. I cried when I found out Jacob had to be vented. 2. Surfactant-drug given to help babies lung mature if they are having respiratory distress. 2. CPAP-a step down from the ventilator, this is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or mechanical ventilation. […]

The Mystery……

This morning as I was unloading the dishwasher, Emma and Garrett came rushing in. They had a mystery on their hands and my super sleuths shared it with me. It went like this: Emma, “dad can’t be at work”. Garrett, “daddy no wear shoes, no socks”. Emma, “and you know the most amazing part, mommy? […]

Laid to rest! {Jacobs CT scan results}

No, no one died, the results from Jacob’s CT scan came in. Normal range. Not a huge surprise. But, I’m relieved all the same. Update: The doctor called today and went into the report in more detail with me. Yesterday’s report was from the nurse. Anyway, NORMAL, but his parietal bones are asymetrical. So, in […]

secrets and revelations

Our dinner conversation was very interesting last night. It went something like this: Emma, “there is a boy in Grace’s class that asked to sit next to her in computer lab”. Grace blushing, “Emma!” Jeff, “who asked to sit next to you in computer lab?” “is he cute?” Grace, still embarrassed, “I’m not telling his […]

Our momo’s are going to be ONE!

I can’t stop thinking about the passage of time and that our little momo’s are going to be ONE on Thanksgiving. I thought I’d post a few pictures of them “then” and “now”(OK, THAT didn’t work, will try later) and share “our story” that I have posted on monoamniotic.org, a site that has been very […]

tethered what?

Yesterday Emma and I spent the better part of the day at Doernbecker Children’s Hosptial in Portland. Emma had an appointment to see Dr. Seldon, a neurosurgeon there about the possiblity of having “tethered spine”. Dr. Seldon told us that her MRI looks good, but the imagining they use now does not always show the […]

the greatest discovery – {the twins and toilet paper}

Need I say more? Toilet paper, AND their bottles? (Jack on left, Jacob on right)