Making A Labels For Education Teacher Gift Basket #Labels4Edu #cbias

How to make a teacher gift basket

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Labels4Edu #CollectiveBias The wee ones went back to school last week, and I know how hard the teachers at our school work. I’m married to a teacher, and our principal pushes our teachers harder than anyone. As a […]

Rock This Lunchbox

Dream lunch with protein, fruit, veggie, and dessert

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. We’re back to school, which means that the wee ones are once again packing their own lunches. We never buy school lunches, so every day we make something to bring instead. Although our school has a healthy snack policy – only fresh […]

5 Household Chores Your Kids Can Do

5 Easy Chores Your Kids Can (and should?) Do

I’m the mean mom. I’m the one who has my child do chores around the house, and the wee ones have since they were two years old or so. They started out small – just picking up their (plastic) plates and bringing them to me and have since graduated to much larger tasks. I have […]

So I Thought I Could Sing…

2am at the cat's pajamas

When I was nine years old, I thought I could sing. This could possibly be because my mom put me in the local children’s choir. At the time, I didn’t realize that anyone who was willing to pay the fee and wear the lovely khaki skirts and navy sweater was allowed to join (and no, […]

Asian Marinated Steak

Enjoying Asian marinated beef

This post is sponsored by MomCentral and its advertiser The Beef Council. All opinions remain my own. I love to entertain, and I’m a huge fan of the last minute inviting friends over to join us for dinner. All summer, we’ve been doing that and grilling out, but I’m tired of hamburgers and hot dogs […]

Ad: Hot Wings With Dipping Sauce Recipes

Two sauces for dipping hot wings

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeHero #CollectiveBias It’s almost the end of August, and it’s one of my favorite times of year – no, not just because everyone heads back to school. I look forward every year for the email saying that my football season […]

Making Healthy Choices With Kids Headed Back To School

How to make healthy choices with #BalanceRewards #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias I’ll fully admit that this summer I’ve been lazy. It’s possible that I haven’t been making the most healthy choices – witness the plethora of ice cream recipe posts and even yesterday’s vanilla chai cinnamon rolls. […]

Minion Mayhem! Not With Our Family Vacation Tips

Six tips to enjoy your meaningful moments

I’m headed to Orlando with Mom It Forward, staying at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in just over a week, and we can’t wait. We know we’ll make plenty of great memories, but more importantly – I want to enjoy them and be part of them! Tips For Capturing Meaningful Moments Pass the camera around. Mom isn’t […]

Vanilla Chai Tea Infused Cinnamon Rolls

Ready to enjoy a breakfast of Vanilla Chai infused cinnamon roll and chai tea

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias Today is the first day of school, and a good friend of mine is hosting several of us for a … celebration breakfast. As much as we will miss the lazy days of summer, the return […]

Summer Camp: I Didn’t Remember This!

Comparing Concordia Language Villages in 2014 to 1991

They always say you can never go back, but I did my best to disprove that wisdom when I took my family to Spanish immersion camp last week in Minnesota. It’s a truly unique camp with campers from all over the country gathered together in a summer camp atmosphere to soak in all the Spanish […]