Personalized Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

Free Personalized Valentine's Day Cards

I fell in love with Frecklebox a couple of months ago when I was shopping for Christmas gifts for my nieces. They absolutely loved the personalized coloring books that I sent them! This month Frecklebox is offering free coloring pages and cards for Valentine’s Day. You simply pick the design you want, enter the child’s [...]

What Growing Up Looks Like

Growing Up: From Baby Dolls to Lip Gloss

Today was the first full day that the kids have been gone since December 19. That’s 21 days. 21 days that I have gotten to hang out with them, argue with them, make cookies with them, play games with them, watch movies with them, argue a little more with them, and enjoy them. I’ve been [...]

Santa Video In Your Home (and Contest!)

Santa Video

A couple of years ago one of my daughters (who was about 8 at the time) started expressing some doubt over the existence of Santa Clause. Naturally my husband and I were in a panic because we didn’t know what to do. It was pretty clear that she was still wanting to believe, so we [...]

Personalized Coloring Books

Personalized Coloring Books

My daughters have names that are not exactly unique but are also not popular enough that we tend to find merchandise in stores with their names on them. Because of that, I am always on the lookout for things online that I can order. Recently I was introduced to Frecklebox. They specialize in personalized gifts [...]

Why I Am in Denial About the Snow

In Denial of Snow

Supposedly it snowed here in Indiana yesterday. Apparently it was enough to stick for at least a few days. I’m trying to deny that it happened, but not for the reasons that you might think. I don’t care that it is colder outside. I actually kind of like snow, at least in small doses. It [...]

Ray Rice Isn’t the Story, Domestic Abuse Is


All the world is talking about Ray Rice right now. The attention is on him, the NFL, the local police, everyone who might have seen the video, TMZ, etc. Let’s now take Ray Rice out of the equation and use this as an opportunity to maybe reach some people who need to be reached. This [...]

Meet My Cousin Kim and Check Out Her Blog


I don’t often write about other bloggers, but today is a special case. I want you to meet my cousin Kim. In my mind, I still think of her as “Kimmy,” because that’s what she was when we were kids. I’m not sure she would appreciate me calling her that anymore! Kim and I were [...]

How Old Should Kids Be To Date?

Kids Dating

When I first started blogging, my biggest concerns were about potty training, free online math worksheets, and good deals on Gymboree clothes. Fast forward almost 10 years and I still have a lot of parenting concerns, but the stakes seem to be getting higher. Right now we are in the middle of “The Great Boyfriend [...]

How My Kids Helped Me Accept Myself

How My Daughters Helped Me

I wish that I could be one of those people who doesn’t care what everyone else thinks about me (Hi, mom!). I have always been incredibly self-conscious about just about everything. I’ve been on a constant yo-yo diet since I was 13 (and weighed about half of what I do now!). I straighten my naturally [...]