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Mealtime Moments

From the moment the kids walk in the door each afternoon until the moment they quietly lay their heads down on their pillow at night, I feel like I'm going at lightning speed. There is so much to do in the few short hours of the evening that sometimes I feel like I'll never finish it all. And, sometimes I don't. Sometimes the dishes don't get … [Read more...]

An Unexpected Lesson in Giving

Yesterday, I think my daughter grew up just a little bit. My children were out of school for the MLK holiday and I wanted to get some things done around the house that I needed their help with. Since my daughter's closet was overflowing with clothes, her dresser drawers wouldn't shut because of the mass amounts of clothing she tried to shove in … [Read more...]

Olympic Inspired Family Outing + Giveaway (Closed)

NBC has asked me to help promote the 2014 Winter Olympics. I am being compensated for my participation in the program but all opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of NBC. Living in Texas we don't see many cold weather days, although this year it's been unusually rough. There were several days in a row that the temperature was … [Read more...]

Movies, Date Night and the Need for Speed

Just in case you missed it several days ago, the Disney movie lineup for 2014 is pretty spectacular. After looking at all the films slated to come out this year, I truly think there is something for everyone. I'll admit that we don't go to the movies as much as we'd like to (having three children kind of puts that on hold for a while), but we do … [Read more...]

Meet Oakley

Last month, on December 5th, we lost our little 12 year old dachshund that we'd had since his birth.  It was absolutely devastating and if you would have asked me last month, I would of told you I would never again own another dog.  The pain of losing a family pet is so hard and I didn't want to go through that heartache again. But, I realized … [Read more...]

Winter Olympics Inspired Family Adventure

NBC has asked me to help promote the 2014 Winter Olympics. I am being compensated for my participation in the program but all opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of NBC. As a child I remember sitting in front of the television and watching the Olympics. I didn't watch every sport, just my two favorites: Ice Skating and … [Read more...]

When Do I Say Goodbye?

I woke up Thanksgiving Day and my life hasn't been the same since. I began my day as I normally would, only my husband was home because of the holiday.  As we rushed to get dressed, I went to my little dachshunds kennel (where he sleeps at night) to let him go potty outside. When I didn't hear the kennel shake with excitement when I walked in, my … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why a Carnival Cruise Vacation is Perfect for Families

Last month the family and I headed down to Galveston to take part in a media tour of the area as well as a tour of the Carnival Cruise Magic.  It had been a while since we'd been to Galveston so we were excited to see the area and step onto the ship for a few hours before it headed out to sea. We aren't new to cruising as we've taken three cruises … [Read more...]

Reconnecting by Disconnecting

Does this sound like your house?  "Time's up on the iPad."  "Okay, Mom.  Can I have your phone?"  I have two children who would spend equal times playing princess apps and dressing up as princesses. They get it from me.  I'm addicted.  I don't watch a lot of television (or at least programming that's geared for my age group), but I have a very … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Keep Summer Simple and Special

No more school house, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks.  Ladies and gentlemen, it is summer vacation.  I wish I could add a "buuuum-buuuuum" sound effect to add to the grandeur of the statement.  I devise grand and elaborate plans for my summers with my girls.  I keep them going at full-speed in an effort to maximize the fun.  But after … [Read more...]