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I Let My Kids Eat Crap…….And They’re Just Fine

Friday, October 17th, 2014 by by

When I was growing up Twinkies were my favorite snack. Go ahead, click on the link. You know you want to. Told ya so. Oh, and Beaker from the Muppets. I loved them both so much!! Then I grew up, became a mom, then the internet came into my life and OH MY GOD THE FOOD I’M GIVING MY KIDS IS KILLING THEM!! I became obsessed. I researched everything, spent way too much time at the grocery store reading every label, everything they ate was homemade, I watered down Lex’s apple juice, which he hated, but his teeth!!! His teeth will rot if I don’t water down his juice!! I was a SAHM so I had oodles of time on my hands and used every bit of it to make sure I wasn’t going to poison my kids. Then one day about 3 years ago I was at the grocery store with the kids and Lex asked for some God awful snack that had tons of sugar and crap in it, I flat out refused! He looked at me and said “Mom, relax a little. You’ve got to let us choose what we want every now and then.” and that’s when it dawned on me…..I was not going to be able to control them, their lives or their choices forever. So I relaxed a little, let them chose their own snacks, and sometimes I let them chose what they want for dinner, even if it’s McDonald’s.



Unicorn Food, Mermaid munchies and all things Princess

Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by by

Baby Bear has been really crazy with her eating habits.  One would think that when you get an endless supply of “kid food” at camp that Baby Bear would eat so well.  Not so for this picky eater.

You might remember this angelic face from last year that would eat about anything! But lately food has been a big issue for us.  I don’t want her to grow up with food issues, so I am really sensitive to how I approach this issue.
Problem 1: If she doesn’t eat, she gets really moody and the whole problem gets escarbated.
Problem 2: She tells us what she wants and then won’t eat it
Problem 3: Veggies are mostly always turned down (more…)

The Science of Headaches, Explained

Monday, June 30th, 2014 by by

This is a sponsored post from Excedrin.

Tension-type headaches are your common, “everyday” headaches (they can feel like a giant rubber band squeezing your skull). Nearly everyone will have at
least one tension-type headache at some point, and it’s estimated that up to 80
percent of adults experience them on an occasional basis.

But what’s really going on in our body when we get a headache like this? Well, lots of things. Find out the science behind headaches in this educational

Microsoft Office 365 Simplifies Life for Busy Moms

Friday, June 20th, 2014 by by

Brought to you by Microsoft Office

Juggling work, friends, family, playdates and more can be challenging. Unfortunately, the business of daily life doesn’t always fit in a neat schedule. Being able to access important information whenever and wherever is crucial in keeping your family connected.

Check out this video to learn more about how Office 365 can help you keep up with your daily rush, and then head here to learn more:


Spring Cleaning……Also Known As Torture

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by by

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!


A Healthy Holiday Twist from Ocean Spray® (Sponsored)

Friday, December 6th, 2013 by by

This holiday season, make the exceptional cranberry part of your favorite seasonal dishes for a healthy twist!

To learn about some revised holiday classics, check out this video from Ocean Spray® featuring best-selling author and host of EXTRA Maria Menounos. Maria discusses how the cranberry’s big, bold taste, vibrant color, and endless versatility make it the perfect addition to several holiday favorites.

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City Fishing

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by by

I forgot to add these to the last post. Kids have such great imaginations, don’t they?


See This Couple’s Priceless Reaction to a Wedding Surprise (Sponsored)

Friday, November 1st, 2013 by by

In Honda’s “Start Something Special” program, Honda fans are treated to huge, touching surprises. When a newlywed couple, Mairead and Kevin, requested three black CR-Vs from a local Honda dealer for their special day, Honda came back with something very unexpected. Honda decided to surprise the couple with not three, but eight Honda CR-Vs containing heartwarming gifts representing memories from the couples’ relationship over the years. Check out this video to see their reaction, as they are surprised with the band they listened to on their first date, Irish step dancers, and relatives flown all the way in from Ireland. To join the conversation, follow #StartSomething on Facebook and Twitter, and visit for more stories from Honda fans.

Haunted House

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by by

A few years ago Rob did some work for a customer who transforms the entire exterior of his house into a haunted showcase every Halloween.  The set up is an impressive array of motion-activated monsters combined with horrific vignettes and live actors.  There is so much thought and detail put into the entire affair that you can really feel how much passion he has for this “hobby” and how much he enjoys putting the whole thing together every year.

Hayden has totally inherited my fear gene.  He does not like anything creepy/spooky/startling/alarming/gory or even a little bit scary.  I am not kidding – if you stand behind a doorway and then jump out to scare me, you will be in jeopardy of being punched, and it is certain that I will be incredibly angry at you for at least 12 hours.  Even though we check this house out every year, Hayden has yet to ever leave the car.  Of course, I have to get out and put on a brave face for the sake of my other kids, all of whom are incredibly delighted by having the bejeezus scared out of them.

Even though the display is generally the same each year, I am still totally creeped out and am STILL caught off guard when I trip a sensor and something jumps up or flies down or starts to moan.  I wasn’t on the property for more than two seconds before I set something off and ended up screaming into Larissa’s ear.

Kellan and Eliza ran deep into the heart of this freak show like they were (more…)

My Lo……The Drama Queen

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by by

When my teenager was little I thought “There is no way anyone can be as dramatic as this child”. Universe, that was not a challenge. My Lo is 5 now and she isn’t annoying dramatic, she’s just very dramatic. Everything is all about love, cuddles, how much she misses me, how she can’t live without me…’s cute, to an extent. I don’t mind the over play of love and emotions when we’re at home, but when we are in the middle of morning routine and she starts, it can drag on. For example…..every morning I ask the kids if they want home lunch or school lunch, and every morning I get the same response….Lex: “School lunch!!!”, and Lo: “Home lunch, because I like to eat the food you make for me with love because I miss you so much when I’m at school and I love you, Mom!!” A simple “Home lunch!” would have been just fine.. If I don’t stop her in her tracks then she goes on and on and on and on and then drop off is Hell. Don’t get me wrong, I love her to death! But I cannot feed into her dramatics every morning, we have a routine and if I don’t keep it, she will no do well. Last week she was refusing to go into the school, the teachers had to pry her off of me and take her to class. That’s a terrible thing for a mother, and child, to have to go through. So Lex had the brilliant idea that he would walk her to her class every morning. :) My little hero. And so far, it’s working out great. This week has gone by so smoothly. Next, we are going to transition into car drop off. There will be a few rainy days that will be perfect for that. I want her to go to school happy, not sad and distressed because she misses me. I also don’t want her to think I’m dropping her off and running away. :( And seriously, how could I run away from a face like this……….