August 23, 2014

Giving Tuesday: Just Give Us One Hour to Make a Difference (prizes too)

Dec2
Give us One Hour this Tuesday to help end hunger in the US

I remember our children’s eyes as the jeep hobbled through the crowded village. It took us three hours to get up the side of the mountain to this more remote village in Guatemala and I knew they’d be forever changed. […]

Play Like a Girl

Nov21
Play like a Girl

Coffee prepped, bags filled with magazines, snacks, water bottles, comfy clothes on and patience as long as the day – yep, I am definitely a sports mom. Over the last few months, I have spent untold hours at the football […]

Flash Sale Now!! Giving Thanks Glass Hurricane – $5 (Run to Snag This!)

Nov19
Giving Thanks Set of two Hurricanes - only five dollars

Wow! You all are quick shoppers. I had no idea that hundreds of the hurricane sets would sell out in hours (and I didn’t even get a chance to put in my mom’s order. I am in trouble!) While not […]

Create Your Family’s Holiday Gazette: Fun, Family Activity in an Hour

Nov18
Have Some Fun for the Holidays and Create Your Own Family Newspaper. It doesn't have to be fancy, but sure will be fun! Memories!

Did I hear that you got off the hook for hosting the big Thanksgiving event? You breathed a sigh of relief, but still desire to create something fun and special for the extended family during your gathering. Why don’t you […]

10 Free Thanksgiving Printables

Nov8
thanksgiving printable

I am thankful for… Paper Chain from Silverbox Creative Where has the year gone? Can you even believe that it’s November already? Thanksgiving falls quite late this year, so I am gearing up for all our festivities, but I know […]

To Every Mom Who Makes a School Lunch

Nov5
The Importance of Making School Lunches

Every morning, I drag myself down the stairs, grind the coffee beans and wait for that first drip to percolate. Early morning hours and I aren’t always on the best of terms,  so there’s something about making  that school lunch […]

Generational Mothering

Oct23
family feet

Looking around the table, I study the three generations represented. Amidst the chuckles, private jokes and deeper conversations, the profound generational legacy permeates not just the shared memories, but life choices, marriages, and even character development. Mothering with a kingdom […]

It All Flew Out the Window

Oct20
It All Flew Out the Window

It took me years, but I’m beginning to understand the phrase, “The older I get, the less I know.” Right out of college, I was hired as a high school youth director (pastor) and let me tell you, I was […]

Just One Minute, Honey

Oct13
31 Days with a Mentor Mom @beautyandbedlam

“Just a minute, honey, I’m almost done.” “That’s what you said last time, mom.” “I know, but really, just give me one more minute. I’ll be right there. Five, ten, fifteen minutes passed as I worked on my latest project. […]

Shy, Tired or Rude?

Oct11
Tips for the Shy Child

Grasping my skirt like a lifeline, our young daughter refused to let go. “Say ‘hi’ to Mr. Smith, honey. He’s been daddy’s friend since he was a little boy. Just give a quick hello.” I could feel her fingers clench […]

Terrible Teens…I Beg to Differ (For Those Days You Want to Stay in Bed)

Oct9
31 Days with a Mentor Mom @beautyandbedlam

Follow along with my 31 Days of a Mentor Mom series After speaking at a conference recently, a young mom asked,  “How does it work when you nurse a baby, have a toddler running around and attempt to teach?” The […]

What Should I Do For a Picky Eater?

Oct7
Suggestions for Picky Eaters

 Overdue with our second child, who finally came out at 10 pounds, 1 ounce – yes, a crazy natural birth, my mom journeyed to help us with our eldest son while I was in the hospital. The night she arrived, […]

They Just Didn’t Get It

Oct4
It Matters

Cutting up the pieces of card stock and gathering the last of the decorations, I couldn’t wait for the hours ahead. After a long, incredibly grueling and emotional sports season, those coaches needed some encouragement and surely, this would do […]

One Little Perspective Change Altered How I Mother

Oct3
This Perspective Change Altered How I Mother

With a song in her heart, my mom’s sweet little voice sang out.  Relishing in the joy that music brings to the soul of a young child, her heart filled and was satisfied. Then the words came. Words that changed […]

It Starts Today: Chapter One

Oct2

I am an open book. A book filled with laughter, colorful stories, family bonding and beautiful memories. A book filled with bedlam moments, loneliness, heartbreak and continual processing. Our family story stretches through chapters of both celebrations and difficult life […]