Tutorial: Paracord Candy Canes


When I was a kid, my mom took a macrame class (yes this was back in the early 80’s). She then taught me everything she’d learned and together we made everything from plant hangers to Christmas ornaments that year. I still have several of the ornaments and decorations that we made, and one of my […]

July 4th T-Shirt Making Tradition


I’ve come to realize over the past several years that my favorite holiday is the 4th of July. Not only is it a chance to honor our great U. S. of A., but it’s a holiday filled with summertime activities, friends and fun.
For many years now, our family’s July 4th tradition has been to spend […]

Snowed In


After the world’s longest winter break, my kids finally went back to school today.
Ok, so it wasn’t really the longest winter break ever – but it was three days longer than it was supposed to be, and by yesterday it was feeling like the kids were never going to go back.
Getting everyone out the door […]

Halloween 2013 – Last-Minute Costumes


Nothing like last minute, right?
Halloween costumes have recently become a big source of stress for me. Gone are the years where I could shop a year ahead and grab something cute on clearance, “oh don’t you want to be a _____ this year? You’ll be so cute!”.
Yeah, right. Now the kids are old enough to […]

Holidays, Happy New Year (and so on)


Such a cliché, right – where has the time gone? I blink and a whole month has gone by…
But a true saying, at least lately. I swear just yesterday I was thinking that it was way too early to be starting to think about dealing with the holiday season yet – and now here it […]

Luck ‘o the Irish


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Yes, I know I’m a little bit late, but I’ve been sick all weekend, so I’m a bit behind. 😉
This was a strange St. Patrick’s Day for me – not only with being sick, but with the day falling on a weekend so the girls really didn’t have any school activities. […]

Telling Santa what to do


My oldest daughter is a very unique personality. She’s a concrete thinker to the extreme where everything is black-and-white with no grays in between. We struggle with the fact that she just simple NEEDS to be in the middle of what’s going on – not just to know that things are going to happen as […]