How The Elf on the Shelf Changed Our Christmas

2012 was our first year of allowing Santa into our Christmas celebrations. And it was all because of that cute little Elf in the red hat. If I have read one, I’ve read 10 negative articles about The Elf on the Shelf this year. I mean, what gives? Is it just that we’ve decided that…

The Lego Christmas (and my fabulous Lego table)

This fall, my oldest two boys just suddenly became very interested in Legos. They had gotten some Star Wars Lego sets for birthdays and liked those fine- but as Star Wars toys, not really as Legos.  Being 7 and 5, I suppose this is around the time that happens but up until now, my youngest…

Cutesy-Pinteresty-Cheap Water Bottle Covers

We like to be outside. Often. I, in fact, need to be outside for a stretch of time most days to feel alive and sane and well and all that. Am I the only one who can’t find the ‘real’ water bottles or their lids or parts in them? We have several real water bottles…

party like an animal

Have you ever seen Doc McStuffins? Adorable show on Disney about a little girl whose mom is a doctor and she fancies herself a doctor too- to the toys. Her backyard playhouse is really a “clinic” and the toys come from all around to be healed and cared for by little Doc. Well, Lily loves…

All Hallow’s Eve PARTY

I’m sorry I’ve been absent here so much. I’ve been writing a book. There, I said it.  I’ve also been planning and having a big Halloween party, driving everyone around everywhere like I do and deciding major life decisions for my children while being a wife and Christmas tree lover. I DO have a Halloween…

This is about the bathroom

But I’m a lady so it’s not gross or anything. Actually I have so many other things to say that I decided to say none of them and show you my newly spruced up bathroom instead. The bathroom had wallpaper which you know I don’t love. But otherwise it wasn’t bad. The floor tile wasn’t…

now my room is lovely

If you are married and have kids you likely relate to our constant bedroom problem: our room is full of junk. Even clean, it has so many things that don’t belong: Clothes the kids have grown out of? In stacks in our floor. Decor that doesn’t match a new rug or curtain? On our dresser….

Dressers Galore

About four months ago we had one chest of drawers between all six of us. Seth and Noah shared it. Adam and Lily lived out of sweater holder hangers and kid hanger clothes organizers and Greg and I used a lot of plastic drawers and laundry baskets. So I put up a post on Facebook…

Ugly Art Remake

Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune Without the words And never stops- At all- Emily Dickenson I got this canvas in this frame (it’s huge by the way) at a junk store for $20 back when I bought my table. I used vinyl letters and a…

Another Birthday Post…this time NOAH is 4!

It is time for Noah’s party now! The other three kids begin birthdays in February and go to April…leaving Noah a long wait for his turn. I love to make a big deal of birthdays, and my family did also. There is something to be said in celebrating ALL birthdays but especially when you have…