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Save big for your school with Box Tops for Education at Walmart. Use this free printable to collect Box Tops and keep them organized so your school can trade them in for cash! #ad #BTFE

Every time I clean out the junk drawer in the kitchen, I find a bundle of Box Tops for Education that we should have turned in to my son’s school. Like so many other things, the Box Tops got buried in the junk drawer and forgotten. That’s like throwing away money — money his school […]

Whispering Secrets

It seems like yesterday that I wrote dispatches from kindergarten about Jackson’s first day at school. We were all so very excited and anxious, ready for this milestone. Yet, we were also wondering what Jackson’s school experience would be like. Would he have good teachers who would challenge and nurture him? Would he stay excited […]

Jord Cora Zebrawood & Turquoise

I’ve been marveling at how quickly summer passed this year. Time flies when you’re having fun, as the saying goes. But it seems like this summer hadn’t even started before it was over. It was so busy — so many deadlines, opportunties and obligations. I really struggled with trying to balance it all. And I’m […]

Atta Girl Says: Yorkie Poo McCoy on Living Room Ottoman

We just celebrated a pretty important birthday at our house. This girl, who I’ve raised from a puppy, turned 16. She celebrated with a nap and lots of cuddles and, thankfully, being ignored by our cat, Felix. McCoy entered my life when I was single and living alone, in my late 20s. I first met […]

Vintage Inspired Mother's Day Gift Ideas

My mother has given me some pretty amazing gifts throughout the years. And I’m not just talking about the tangible things. She has given me her love, unconditionally. A safe and happy home. The encouragement and confidence to pursue my dreams. The belief that anything is possible. Kind words when I needed them (and reality checks […]

Road Trip Essentials To Keep Your Family Happy and Healthy on the Go #PurellWipes #cbias #spon

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Read my full disclosure policy here. #PurellWipes #CollectiveBias Spring might be my favorite time of the year because it’s the season of outdoor adventures, family vacations, picnics and road trips! We’ve been living our life on the go […]

Bright Star Kids Personalized Gifts

I had to laugh when I saw the lost-and-found bin sitting outside Jackson’s school before the start of winter break. There were lots of unclaimed coats, water bottles, shirts and bags. Kids misplace lots of things, often never to be seen again. That’s one of the reasons I love personalized gifts for kids. There’s no […]

Family Advent Traditions with a Guardians of the Galaxy Twist #OwntheGalaxy #cbias #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OwnTheGalaxy #CollectiveBias Have I ever told you about our family’s advent traditions? We have a lot of fun with the countdown to Christmas — everything from daily advent presents, advent calendars and our own wacky take on Elf […]

Learn how to make witch's brew punch, a foggy bubbling cauldron and a smoking Jack-O-Lantern, plus lots of other dry ice experiments for Halloween and beyond.

You can’t have a spooky Halloween display without some special effects. A cauldron, plus dry ice and hot water equals a fog effect that will have those trick-or-treaters hightailing it off your porch before they become an ingredient in the witch’s brew! Continental Carbonic, a manufacturer of dry ice with 39 branches in the eastern […]

Best Toys for Father-Son Bonding #TargetToys #Cbias #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TargetToys #CollectiveBias. Read my full disclosure policy here. Families that play together stay together. I’m a firm believer in that. Even as our lives get busy and our kids grow older and more independent with their own interests […]