Perfectly Planned Pendant Lights

There’s a reason that kitchens sell homes and that renovations devoted to kitchens are some of the best remodeling dollars one can spend. But the best kitchens are ones that incorporate elements that are just as functional as they are fashionable. Case in point: Pendant lights! Not only can you find some that simply exude […]

How to Make a Doll House Using Glass Shelves

How to Make a Doll House Using Glass Shelves is easy to do, lots of fun, and came about organically.  I came up with this idea to try and see if I could motivate my child to leave all of her toys, dolls, and stuffed animals in order. She would always take everything off the […]

Promoting Your Blog with Google Plus

With over 300 million active monthly users, Google+ offers bloggers a great opportunity to publicize their content to a vast audience of potential fans. Here are a few processes which you can follow in order to effectively promote your blog using Google+, and thus generate a wealth of online traffic towards your blog posts. Google+ […]

Magical Mirror Makeovers in a Matter of Minutes – {guest post}

‘Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?’ Ask any child where that phrase comes from and nine times out of ten you’ll hear the correct response. Posed to the magic mirror by the Wicked Queen in Walt Disney’s ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,’ the answer was always the same (the […]

10 Boredom Busters for Kids {guest post}

I have two children, one girl and one boy who are as different as night and day and yet love each other completely. Even though my daughter liked spending quiet time alone and reading she was always congenial and when her younger brother needed entertaining she was there for him. If I was not at […]

Two Fun and Easy Christmas Crafts to Try with Your Kids {guest post}

The kids have a couple weeks off from school and the relatives are coming for a visit soon. You need something to keep your kids busy and happy, and you want your home to delight and impress all season long. Kids really want and value time with you and with some fun and easy crafts […]

7 Indoor Birthday Party Games {guest post}

Birthday parties can get so complicated. There’s the venue. The food. The photo-worthy cake. The favors. Oh, and what are these kids going to do for three hours if it’s raining/snowing/too hot/cold out?!  Here are some easy and creative ideas to work into a birthday party on a cold, rainy, or snow stormy day. If […]

Carving Out a Study Nook {guest post}

TV and movies would have us believe that as a rule, kids don’t like to study. Fortunately, that’s not entirely true. Sure, some kids like it more than others, and few kids would put it at the very top of their list of things they want to do, but there’s no reason that learning has […]

It’s Harvest Time: Decorating for the Occasion {guest post}

There is a common misconception that the best time to have an outdoor party is during the summer, when you can watch the kids jump around in the swimming pool during the day and listen to the frogs and crickets serenade your guests at night. There’s no doubt about it – summer parties are fantastic. […]

How to Match Accessories to Any Outfit {guest post}

Guest Posts are always fun, especially when they deal with fashion! Here’s some fashion advice from Maria Dawson that will help to Match Accessories to Any Outfit! When it comes to personal style advice, we tend to hear more about the actual clothing than anything else. After all, summer fashion trends dominate magazine covers and […]

Travel Happy With Kids {guest post}

Please welcome todays guest poster, Kendra Thornton!   Traveling with kids can be challenging, but with a little planning ahead, you can relieve some of the stress. Here are some ideas on how to keep your family safe, happy, and healthy while you travel: 1. My kids get really cranky when they miss sleep. I try […]

Finding Mommy Bliss {guest post}

I started blogging years and years ago, and one of my first blogging friends was Genny Heikka.  Over the years she’s left me considerate comments that have meant so much to me, and I’ve been lucky enough to see her spread her wings as a writer.  Recently she’s had a book come out that is […]

HUGE Teacher Appreciation {Giveaway}

Today I am over at Skip to my Lou guest posting today for a Teacher Appreciation Series. As part of the series I get to share this fabulous: Show your Appreciation Giveaway {1 for you and 1 for your favorite teacher}! This is one AMAZING giveaway! We are giving away a fabulous Prize Package worth […]

10 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Children {guest post}

When it comes to the holidays my kids are always looking for fun themed crafts to do. It might be Christmas or New Year’s or even the Fourth of July, but they will insist we do something fun to celebrate it together. Valentine’s Day is no different. Though it started out as a day for […]

3 Best Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow & Steady Wins the Taste

Looking for a quick and easy way to create delicious meals for your entire family? A slow cooker might just be the answer to your prayers. If you don’t already have a slow cooker in your kitchen, I’d recommend investing in one. They’re reasonably priced and can be used to make virtually hundreds of meals […]

Beyond Bologna: A Creative Back-to-School Lunch Challenge

Back-to-school time will be here before you know it (and maybe it already is?!). With everything I have to worry about to get my kids ready for the first day, it’s hard to also find time to get all creative in the kitchen.  And, let’s face it, lunch is one of THE most important parts […]

Father’s Day Heart Banner {tutorial}

The kids and I wanted to make Jeff a fun banner for Father’s Day and so we headed to the craft closet, put our crafty-hats on and came up with this Paper-Art-Work Banner.  It was so much fun to make, and turned out so well. We can’t wait to show it off on Father’s Day. […]

Wordful Wednesday – Parenting By Dummies {guest post}

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words.  It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try.  Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link […]

Tips for Talking to Your Tween

I’m entering unchartered territory here as a mother to a tween {with more to come} and so I enlisted the help of a certified nanny to give me advice on how to talk to my tween.  Maybe this will be helpful to you too?  And the good news?  If I do this whole mothering thing […]

Guest Post-{This beautiful end of summer with my little girl…}

It’s my pleasure to welcome to my blog for a guest post,  one of the nicest blogger’s I know. Ginny Heikka is the author of more than just the words at My Cup To Yours.  She’s also the author of FOUR children’s books, and writes for a few other publications as well.  The joy she finds in […]

Wordful Wednesday-{Parenting By Dummies Guest Post}

Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way. More info. in my tabber box titled WW on the right. {I’m wondering if an introduction is even necessary?  I’m thinking that most of you are already familiar with my friend, […]

Wordful Wednesday-{Better in Bulk Guest Post}

Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way. More info. in my tabber box titled WW on the right. I hope you’ll join with me in thanking Laura from Better In Bulk for guest posting today.  She’s a mother […]

Wordful Wednesday-{Scary Mommy Guest Post}

Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way. {Please give Jill, my good friend and not-so-scary-mommy a HEARTy welcome.  I’m so excited she’s here!} As a mother to three young children, I spend a great deal of time trying […]

What’s a SAHM without the “MOM”?-{Guest Post}

Please welcome Robin from Creative 2X’s Mom.  Mother of ‘one of each gender’, she spends her time learning how to be the best wife and mommy she can be.  I LOVE that. So I find myself with a few days without kids.  Every mother’s dream.  My in-laws called last week and wanted to the kids […]

The Mad Pace of Life-{Guest Post}

It’s my pleasure to welcome Sharon of Good True and Beautiful to share her goodness today. Wanna know one of the things I love about Good True and Beautiful?  She has a tab entitled “Just for the Joy of It”.  She finds the Joy in life.  That’s beauty in itself. The mad pace of life […]

My Life as a Parent: Milestones, New Chapters, and the Status Quo-{Guest Post}

{Guest Post} Our family has been through some major transitions over the course of the past year, and the evening of June 3, 2010, not only felt like the culmination of all the changes we have experienced recently, it also marked the end of one long chapter of my life. It was exciting, fulfilling, satisfying […]

I get out. I promise…..

I  take my friends up on their invitations occasionally! Like today. I’m not here, I’m virtually on the East Coast at Casa De La Dummies. Join me where it’s HOT and HUMID.  Or so I hear.

Making a Systemic Change-{Guest Post}

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Betsy MacKinnon from TheLiquidBetsy. Don’t you just love the name Betsy?  Betsy can usually be found herding her three kiddies through life, mainlining all kinds of media (especially questionable TV,) or reading the Financial Times. She’s so set on surfing back in her hometown of Newport Beach, CA, […]

Fluffy Bunnies Guest Post

{Guest Post} The Great Outdoors It’s a beautiful day outside. The sun is shining. White, puffy cloud-shapes are floating across the sky, just waiting to be identified. Birds are singing their spring ditties and bopping from limb to limb. Things are blooming. We should be outside. Yes, we should. But we aren’t. And I assume […]

“Wednesday’s With Ken” – Guest Post

when angie asked if i wanted write a guest post, i knew exactly what i would write about. in a way angie inspired this post but then again maybe it was fear of cancer,  definitely …and friendship too angie wrote this post back in february of this year.  she had run into a friend she […]

{Life Before Kids}-Guest Post

Moms with super twins amaze me.  Christy is no exception.  Mom to FOUR with a set of triplets, imagine how much fun she must have each day!  You can find her at Trippin’-Life with Triplets. Not long ago one of my Facebook friends who doesn’t have kids noted “Went to work without my earring and […]

{Re-thinking Parenthood}-Guest Post

In case you haven’t already met, let me introduce my good friend Lolli at Better In Bulk.  Did I mention that she has 5 kids like me?: About 9 years ago, when my brother was 21 and my first son (my 3rd child) had recently been born, my brother came for a 10-day visit. He […]