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April 18th, 2014 by BrookeLeiberman

Mixed Feeling about a Toddler

I was so excited that Mini started walking. I worried for months that she wasn’t walking and all of the other kids her age were. Was there an issue with her hips or her legs that she couldn’t walk unassisted? I thought about over and over.

Let me preface this by saying that I love the toddler phase. A good friend of mine said that she “doesn’t have a favorite child, just a favorite age.” I love seeing the growth of the toddler and how fun they are as they learn about the world.

Now I will just say it, I am sad that Mini is no longer a baby. I have two kids and no baby.

I made the longing eyes at Mr. BBH and he said “NO!”

Instead of focusing on what I miss, I am going to focus on the exciting things that Mini does. She loves animals and the walking freedom gives her more things to do and look at. Read the rest of this entry »


April 17th, 2014 by BrookeLeiberman

Madeliene’s Brocco Rice-Passover Dish

I tried this really easy recipe to get my kids to eat more veggies. I saw the recipe on Madeliene’s blog and decided to try it.

You use either broccoli rice or cauliflower rice for this alternative to rice and it would be a great addition to any table that doesn’t want to eat any rice.

1 head of broccoli or cauliflower
1 Clove Garlic
1Tbl Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1 Onion

*You also need a food processor*

Cut your onion and cut into rings. Lightly brown it in a pan. Set aside. Read the rest of this entry »

April 16th, 2014 by meanboys

The First Cut Is the Deepest - My Messy Beautiful

Brutal starts, beautiful outcomes.  Kellan and Larissa: 5 & 7 years later.

Originally posted, July 2009


A week ago I was sitting at the edge of the pool holding Larissa and watching the other kids swim when I caught a glimpse of a silvery thread on my arm. I thought it was maybe a stray hair that had settled there until I tried to brush it away and it wouldn’t budge. It was then that I noticed there was more than one. As I laid my eyes closer to my arm to get a better look I suddenly realized what those barely-there lines were. They were the shadows of my former scars; I was startled to see them. Maybe it was the angle of the light, maybe it was the contrast of the white of them against my summer-tanned skin. Or maybe it was just my imagination. Because just as suddenly as the lines appeared, they disappeared and I couldn‘t see them anymore no matter how hard I looked.  Seeing those lines made me realize it’s been a long time since that Very Bad Time™ and for that I’m very grateful. I basked there in the sun, surrounded by light, counting my blessings. Read the rest of this entry »

April 14th, 2014 by Smacksy


“So, Alessandro our car is really old.”

“Really? How old is it, Bob?”

“It was made in 1996.”

“Wow, that’s super old. Well, my mom was born in 1987.”

“My Mom was born in 1964 that’s why she’s almost FIFTY years old, right Mom?”


April 14th, 2014 by BrookeLeiberman

BEST Gluten Free Passover Cake!

This cake is incredible. I took a recipe that had that included baking soda and baking powder and modified it for Passover. The frosting is INCREDIBLE. I would use this for any recipe. It is so easy and much healthier than buttercream frosting plus no added sugar and it tastes rich and creamy. Read the rest of this entry »

April 10th, 2014 by jenn0324

Spring Bird Using Child’s Footprint

I thought this was adorable. The Younger made this in class, so I wanted to share it. It looks easy enough, and I think it would make a great Easter project/gift for Grandparents or other family members. Maybe even a good gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day!

April 7th, 2014 by BrookeLeiberman

Proving the Pythagorean Theorem for KIDS

what really is the pythagorean theorem and how to do it for kids

Math Nerds and People who think they hate math unite! This is really cool and helps me to understand something so abstract as A2+B2=C2. An it is also something that is simple enough for young children to understand and do by solving puzzles.  Plus by teaching you, I am helping to learn it better myself! Read the rest of this entry »


April 2nd, 2014 by Nina

Spring Cleaning……Also Known As Torture

I hate cleaning. It’s just so tedious, I have no time for it. Problem is, I’m the only one who really knows how to clean. Todd cleans, he does the litter boxes, dishes, folds the laundry and puts it away, and he straightens up, but he does not know how to clean. I like to spring clean. I open windows, move furniture, get behind the book shelves, I vacuum every inch of my house. Nothing is safe! You may be asking yourself “If this woman hates cleaning so damn much, why does she clean so damn much?” BECAUSE I HAVE TO!!! I was an Army Brat growing up, with a very strict/scary mother. Sunday mornings in our house was torture. Up at 7am, no breakfast till your chores were done. GRAB A TOOTHBRUSH!! And that is how I became this. I can’t help myself!!

So it has begun. Spring cleaning in my house always starts with clearing out old toys, clothes and things that are just lingering around with no purpose. And there is a lot of that lingering around here. I blame my hoarding son. I ask that if you have it in you, you should definitely pray for poor Todd. He thinks this weekend is date weekend, it is not. It is SPRING CLEANING WEEKEND!!! Grab a toothbrush, Todd!


April 2nd, 2014 by Smithers

Dear Ranger Dave,

Hello there. Yeah. You. The one in the ball cap Ranger hat. Oh, is that Lady Ranger next to you? Yeah. She is included in this, too.

We only have 3 days left for you to sign up for RAGBRAI on our team, so I going to present my case of why you should sign up for the full week.

Exhibit A: Watcha gonna remember in 10 years?
Are you going to remember staying home and tending to your desert garden or are you going to remember having the time of your life with the All Star Team Beaver? Yeah. You know the answer.

Also, one time I was on RAGBRAI when I was 6 weeks pregnant. B asked me the “Watcha gonna remember in 10 years?” question and this was the result: Read the rest of this entry »

April 1st, 2014 by Nina

Shhhhh……Winter Is Leaving

I don’t want to say this too loud for fear of jinxing us all, but I think winter is finally leaving. The snow piles are getting smaller, the days lingers and the weather warmer. We have survived. Just barely. Lo has had a tough winter. If it wasn’t one illness it was another and they were all one right after another. Poor kid. Head and chest cold, stomach virus, fever and then finally, an ear infection. She is much much better now. I bought her some colorful flowers to cheer her up.

Having flowers in the house again made me feel good. I’m looking forward to gardening soon. Hell, I’m looking forward to just being outside again! I think everyone is. So, here’s to winter leaving and spring taking over!