Homemade Jurassic World Family Halloween Costumes

Post may contain affiliate links. See my Disclosure and Privacy statement for details. You know, as ridiculous as I’ve ever looked, I can’t think of a single time I’ve ever regretted dressing up for Halloween with the kids. I feel a little silly and self-conscious because not a lot of parents dress up, but I … Read more

Gratitude: Tell Me 3 Good Things

One day in my high school Home Ec class I remember hearing my teacher Mrs. Richardson saying that every day when her kids get home from school, the first thing she does is have her kids tell her 3 good things that happened in their day. I don’t know why that sticks in my head more … Read more

Neon Summer Fun with Rose Art®

In the spirit of My Dirty, Happy Kid I vowed to relax and let the kids get good and dirty this summer in the name of good, old-fashioned fun. I feel like I spend a lot of time trying to keep things tidy, so I want to try and let things be a little more free-spirited … Read more

Star Wars Death Star Valentine’s Day Box

Star Wars Death Star Valentine's Day Box made out of a Halloween pumpkin

If it weren’t for having two snow days off from school this week, I know I would have forgotten about the Valentine’s Day party at school until the night before. It never fails. These parties are around the same time every year, but they always seem to sneak up on us. If you’re a last-minute … Read more

Helping Teachers “Refuel” At Year-End

Oh great, another thing to do at the end of the school year, believe me I know. But it’s so important to take care of the people that take care of our kids. Childcare in any form is such a hard job, and we were so blessed with great teachers this year. We also have an excellent bus driver … Read more

The Perfect Field Trip Lunch

And by perfect, I mean perfect for us. Perfect because they’re foods the critter and I agree on for a packed lunch. And perfect because everything can be thrown away and we don’t have to keep track of a lunch box or ice pack. At first, it was hard for me to come up with an … Read more

Touring the Schakolad Chocolate Factory

A girls night out at a chocolate factory? Talk about a no-brainer. Yes please! I was thrilled to see an online deal to do this, and I rounded up a small group of ladies. Schakolad, located in Franklin, TN is more a chocolate shop than a factory, but we were not disappointed. The tour started off with a … Read more

Taking A Painting Class

As part of my campaign to get out of the house and live a little, I decided to take a painting class. I used to love art in high school and I was good at it, but that was more than 20 years ago. I thought I would try to revisit an old passion and … Read more

I’m Going To Let Go, Jack. I’m Going To Let Go.

Titanic is one of my favorite movies. I remember waiting in line at Blockbuster way back when, excited to buy my two-tape VHS copy of the movie when it first came out. Needless to say, times have changed. It’s not a favorite because of the sappy love story, though I was certainly a fan at the … Read more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Valentine’s Day Box

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Valentine's Day box

I have fond memories of decorating old oatmeal containers and shoeboxes for Valentine’s Day parties at school when I was growing up. My son is really into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so we went with that theme for our shoebox. His favorite turtle is Michaelangelo so we needed green and orange paint. Of course, the store … Read more

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