Kids Birthday Party at the Palace Theatre

Throwing our kids birthday parties is one of my most favorite things. I spend hours planning the theme, crafting decorations, and creating the menu for the “big events,” which usually unfold in our small home with a guest list of family and a few close friends. But now that Marleigh is getting older, we’ve entered the world of “kid friend” birthday parties – and it’s a whole new ballgame!  Continue Reading

Be a good man.

I would like to start this post by saying it is not intended to spark any political arguments. Being a good human is a trait that should span any and every party line. Only two people know what truly happened on the evening in question in 1982, and I do not claim to be one of them.


“Be a good man.”

This simple phrase is one my husband has been repeating to our son since he could understand the words. Henry, now age (almost) 4, knows what it takes to be a good man at the very basic level. It started simply: holding doors for people, letting his sister go first, being a good sharer and a kind friend. Over time, it has grown as he has: stopping when someone asks him to the first time, apologizing when he is in the wrong, using words instead of force, accepting punishment for his actions when necessary.

If my four year old can understand what it takes to be a good man, anyone can. Continue Reading

Play With Your Food: MojiMaker Review

“Don’t play with your food” is something we’ve all probably said 385,195,961 times as mothers. And while I’m all for supporting good table manners, some rules are meant to be broken. Enter: MojiMaker, a hands-on gadget that allows your kids to have fun with their food while also encouraging them to eat their fruits and vegetables. It’s a win-win, if you ask us!

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Family Road Trip Travel Essentials

If you know anything about my family, you know that we travel a lot. We first started camping as a family when our oldest (and then, only) daughter was just under a year old. And ever since then, we’ve been hooked. Our summers are spent on the road with our camper in tow, hopping from campground to campground. And while traveling with kids can certainly come with its bumps in the road, we have managed to find methods along the way to make family road trips more enjoyable for everyone. Continue Reading

GIVEAWAY: We Have Our Winners!

[Oprah Voice]: You get a prize! And YOU get a prize! 

We were completely overwhelmed by the response we received on our Mother’s Day Giveaway over the last two weeks. It’s really no surprise, though. Moms love free stuff. And heck – we deserve it! There was no way we could have chosen a winner on our own, so we compiled the hundreds of comments and entries into one database and chose two numbers at random. Continue Reading