Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat| Book Review

For you, Jen!

If you've been one of my long-time followers you know all about Jen from People I Want to Punch in the Throat who created a viral sensation out of my 101 Elf on the Shelf Ideas post last year with her Over Achieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies rant. … {Click to read the full article}

3 Holiday ePlanners from ListPlanIt {Giveaway}

HOLIDAY ePlanner from ListPlanIt

ListPlanIt is offering a Holiday ePlanner for you to use as a solution to keep on task! Holiday ePlanner is an instant PDF download-able planner that includes worksheets and lists to plan everything you need from Thanksgiving to Christmas. With … {Click to read the full article}

Embellished DIY Medical Journal {Free Printable}

Embellished DIY Medical Journal

Here are some basic instructions to create your own DIY Medical Journal which also makes a perfect baby gift. The fun part is customizing the look of the journal. Materials needed: 1 1/2 inch binder with see through front, back and side … {Click to read the full article}

Elf on the Shelf Link Party

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It's Elf on the Shelf season! Let's create some fun and stir in some blog love by linking up your Elf on the Shelf blog post to share! Link Party Rules: 1. Link ups must be of YOUR original Elf on the Shelf post. 2. You can link up more … {Click to read the full article}

Simply Suzanne’s Apple Rosemary Pecan Mixed Greens Salad

Get Well Soon with Simply Suzanne Granola

Our family enjoys granola as a breakfast cereal or as a garnish in our yogurt but because all granolas taste pretty much the same to me, I've never been brand loyal. Until I was introduced to Simply Suzanne Granola, a Michigan based company, … {Click to read the full article}

Simply Suzanne’s Original Chicken Tenders

Simply Suzanne's Original Chicken Tenders

I really love all of the flavors of granola offered from Simply Suzanne, a Michigan based company, priding itself on using all-natural ingredients. Read my previous review of this yummy Simply Suzanne Apple Rosemary Pecan Mixed Greens Salad. I … {Click to read the full article}

Simply Suzanne’s Lotsa Chocolate Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Simply Suzanne's Lotsa Chocolate Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

I never thought that granola could be included in a cookie recipe. I'm not sure why that never quite occurred to me, after all, we add oatmeal to cookies, right. But I also didn't know that granola could be used as a breading for chicken or on … {Click to read the full article}

Where were you on September 11, 2001?

My husband is a political guru, amateur historian and my go to man to summarize most of the world's current events, especially, back in the summer of 1999. What mother deep in feeding, changing diapers, and figuring out this mother thing has time … {Click to read the full article}

Back To School Tradition

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School Spirit Milk, blue is our school's color, has become a tradition in our home on the first day of school. Just a drop or two of food coloring added to milk can be a morning mood changer, help calm their butterflies or make them look forward to … {Click to read the full article}

Our Nightmarish Road Trip


A few days ago, I shared how I topped off the cooler with my homemade Applesauce Freezee Pops and my Thirty One bag filled with my travel snack cups for our Detroit to Duluth road trip. We were going there for my son's hockey tournament but we were … {Click to read the full article}

Road Tripping From The Minivan

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Yesterday, I shared my DIY Applesauce Freezee Pops with you which are a big hit with the kids. Today, I'm sharing another fun way we eat on the road from our minivan. I prepare our own travel snack cups for road tripping without the … {Click to read the full article}

DIY Applesauce Freezee Pops

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We traveled twelve hundred hours by car from Detroit, MI to Duluth, MN and I was really concerned that there wouldn't be many places to stop to eat driving through Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The way my kids feast non-stop I topped off our cooler … {Click to read the full article}

Road Trip Photo Challenge

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We take road trips to grandma and grandpa's cottage, frequently. Pinch me, I can't wait to endure the four hour car ride, screaming, fighting and whining over electronics, starvation and potty breaks. I have them pack their own car bags to … {Click to read the full article}

Brown Paper Bag Pistachio Cupcakes

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The day has come. My oldest crossed the invisible bridge from child to teen. Thirteen. I rarely say that word. I ELIMINATED it in my mom vocab. Until today. What this means? Our relationship changes. Different and new. I prefer … {Click to read the full article}

Lenten Observation

Lenten Promise

My kids dreaded choosing what to give up for Lent this year. I encouraged them to really think about it. I shot down a few of their preposterous ideas like giving up homework, their brother, and showers that they would love to be gone with. … {Click to read the full article}

Hockey Pucks on a Stick

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Need a cute treat for the end of the season hockey party or tournament? Here is a super easy idea to make edible hockey pucks on a stick with Ding Dongs. Each child has their jersey number included with a personalized photo tag attached. To … {Click to read the full article}