The Game Of LIFE Lessons

The Game of LIFE is more than just a fun couple hours. There are plenty of life lessons - and hilarity - to enjoy, as well.

The wee ones and I enjoy playing board games. This week, they discovered the Game of LIFE that I had uncovered while unpacking more boxes. It was the version I’ve had since I was a kid, and they wanted to play it, so of course I carved out some time to enjoy a game (or […]

Spinach Caprese Salad

Spinach caprese salad - for when you need something just a little special that tastes amazing and takes 5 minutes to prepare

I’m one of the people who enjoys grocery shopping. Maybe it’s because I lived in Belgium when I was a kid, but I’m all in favor of heading to the store three or more times a week to buy my food so that it’s fresh. I may or may not be on a first name […]

Chewing Gum To The Road Trip Rescue

5 great (and cheap!) ways to keep kids entertained on road trips #shop #JuicyFruitFunSide

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias Summer seems to be the time for road trips, and my family is no exception. Growing up, we were always headed somewhere it seems. We drove to Florida more times than I can count, and I have […]

Because Grandparents Never Say No

Grandparents offer the safe world where the word "no" is never uttered, encouraging our children to take risks that as parents we sometimes can't or don't offer

I like to think that I’m a pretty good mom. I love the wee ones, and they love me right back – Mister Man and Little Miss will still even hug me in public, so I must be doing something right. We do fun stuff together. I help them when they need it, and I […]

Headed To Camp? Let’s Get Packing!

What to pack for camp

It’s been years since I’ve attended a summer camp, and I’ll thank you to not count how many exactly. We haven’t yet sent the wee ones away, though it’s been something I’ve been considering. Sleep away camp is a big deal, and you don’t want to get it wrong, which is another reason I’m so […]

Lemon Marinated Kefir Chicken

Easy lemon marinated #KefirCreations grilled chicken recipe for a healthy summer dinner #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias I adore kefir, and one flavor or another of Lifeway Kefir is in my fridge almost all the time. I’ll hide a bottle of cherry in the back of the fridge that is “my” bottle, but usually […]

Summer Cucumber Salad

Easy cucumber salad for a unique twist on your summer meal

I love cucumbers. I buy them all the time at the store when they’re in season, and I love making them into a cucumber tomato salad or a pita salad or even just dipping them a little in Ranch dressing. The problem is that I get bored with cucumbers the same way, and that’s when […]

Homemade Peach Kuchen Muffins

Homemade peach muffin recipe based off the amazing peach kucken dessert using fresh peaches and a whole lot of awesome

Last week, I was in Michigan, and I was fed a peach muffin. Technically, half a peach muffin because it was ginormous. It was so good, and given the fact that peaches are currently in season, I knew I wanted to make some peach muffins myself. I just didn’t want them to be quite so […]

How To Peel A Peach

How to peel the perfect peach without a knife

It’s summer, and there is so much food in season that I am having a blast eating seasonally and enjoying the harvest in my area. Peaches are one of my favorites, and I can’t believe the size of some of the peaches that I’ve been picking up lately. They are literally bigger than a baseball, […]

Enjoying Raging Waves – The Largest Waterpark In Illinois

Raging Waves in Yorkville: What we think

We were recently invited to spend the day at Raging Waves in Yorkville. The wee ones and I received complimentary tickets and lunch, but all opinions remain my own. We had never been to this water park before, but we’ve been checking out local (and not so local) water parks for the past couple years, […]