Refreshing Our Back-To-School Routine with Healthy Essentials #Moms4JNJConsumer #sponsored


This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.
Sending the kids off to school nowadays […]

School’s out for the summer!


Where did this school year go? I swear just yesterday I was all worried about Abbi transitioning to middle school, and now she’s all done with her first year there. And since our middle school is only 7th and 8th grades, next year will already be her last year of middle school! Then Hannah will […]

Getting ready for middle school… Already?



What they say is definitely true — time flies when you have kids. I remember that the first five years of Abbi’s life seemed like such a long time, up until she was ready to head off to kindergarten. And then I blinked — and now she’s going into seventh grade and starting middle school. […]

The first day back


Yawn, whine, rub sleepy eyes, run for the bus stop…
That’s what the first morning back to school after a 2-week break entails. Complaining kids who are tired and cranky and don’t want to get up – plus a tired mom who feels the same way but knows it’ll get easier after the first few days […]

Yep, all three of my kids got on the bus…



Yesterday was a day that I’d joked about, yearned toward, dreaded and dreamed of at various times over the past 11+ years of being a parent. Back when I was working full-time, it was the magical ‘end of daycare’ day when suddenly the obscene-feeling amounts of money we were paying out for daycare would end […]

Fun in the Sun for Field Day! (Review/Giveaway: Beyond Coastal sunscreen – ends 6/22)


This has been a very strange spring weather-wise, but Mother Nature appears to finally have gotten the message that it’s June and for the past couple of weeks we’ve been blessed with the kind of weather that the kids had been waiting for, the shorts-wearing, swimming, sun-filled kind of days that also involve something I […]

Popcorn and ‘Sprite’ Day


When my just-learning-to-read, youngest daughter leaned over my shoulder to see what I was looking at on my phone the other day, I didn’t think much of it – other than to shoo her away and point out that reading over other people’s shoulders is rude.
Which it is, but that’s not the story here.
I didn’t […]

Labels and more labels


So I haven’t been taking a blogging break – at least not on purpose. I just got swamped for a couple of weeks with another project – one that I took on this school year, now that my youngest is getting older and I have a little more time that I can help out here […]

One fish, two fish…


My oldest daughter is a girl of great determination. Call it stubbornness, a need for control of her life (and everything in it), or whatever else, but there are times when she will simply not  give up until she finds a way to make something happen.
She is also one of the most generous people that […]