3 Things Helping My Cleaning Routine

 

 

So. I believe we’ve established, in no uncertain terms, that housekeeping is NOT my favorite thing to do. While I happily keep up on laundry and love to cook and bake, keeping a scrubbed, tidy home does not come naturally to me, and I have lived most of my adult life feeling as [...]

How We Eat on Vacation

 

 

So, we got back from vacation just a couple days ago. It’s hard coming back to reality. I just thrive in that salty air!

 

For me, the most important part of a vacation is that it’s RELAXING. I am not much of a run-around jet-setter who needs to visit a thousand landmarks. [...]

Remarking on the Good

“No, we do NOT swing our bags around like that.”

“Aren’t you READY yet? C’mon!”

“Why haven’t you finished that?”

“Would you just EAT your food already?”

“I told you to turn that video game OFF!”

“What do you say?”

 

The list of behaviors requiring guidance and correction can be huge, can it [...]

Junk- and Clutter-Free Journal Favor

 

 

Got a party in your plans? Don’t give up on favors just because they’re traditionally pricey, junky, or cluttery. This fun, useful favor comes together with a small pricetag and won’t drive the parents of the party-goers nuts. Winning!

 

 

 

I’m aware that some people have strong feelings about party favors.

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Still don’t have a teacher gift? Don’t panic!

 

 

Holiday break looms right around the corner! It’s starting within hours or days for most of us. If you’re in a panic because you haven’t yet figured out what to give a special teacher in your life, I’m here to tell you to calm on down. It’s okay.

 

 

Here’s what [...]

Making Holiday Planning Easier

 

 

The Halloween buckets still grace the sideboard in my dining room, yet all the online chiiter chatter is about Christmas. There’s a part of me that really objects to that, to be honest, but the reality is– planning early can be super helpful in alleviating stress later on. For that reason, I’m dipping [...]

How to Wrap for Bake Sales

 

 

 

I almost didn’t bother with this post today, figuring everyone on earth probably figured this out before me. But then I learned that my mom didn’t know this trick yet and, since my mom is inarguably clever, I figured there must be a few more people out there who could benefit from [...]

So, Meet the Teacher Was a Disappointment…

 

 

Let’s talk about Meet the Teacher, AKA Open House, Meet & Greet, etc. This is the event where you and your child go to the school, find the classroom, and meet the teacher. It typically happens some time in the week right before school starts, so the odds are very good you all [...]

A New School

 

 

Yesterday was my brother’s birthday and that reminded me of how, ten years before, I’d been four months pregnant with A. and had wound up hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum. I was released on my big bro’s bday and I can still remember weakly laying sprawled out on my kitchen floor in Virginia, calling [...]

(Where to Buy) Great, Affordable Clothes for Tall, Slim Boys

 

 

 

 

When A. was an infant, he had the biggest thighs you can imagine on a baby. You can get a peek at them here:

 

 

So big were his legs that we couldn’t zip regular blanket sleepers over them. We tried sleepers from Walmart, sleepers from Kohls. Sleepers from [...]

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