The Sneakiest Mother’s Day Surprise Ever

The Sneakiest Mother’s Day Surprise Ever

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MakeHerMothersDay #CollectiveBias My mom is a major giver. Her love language is gifts. This is an unfortunate thing sometimes, because it means she is an exceptional gift giver who puts months of thought (and a lot of money) into her presents. It is so hard to compete with the perfect gift giver! She absolutely loves big bunches of flowers and she treasures her greeting cards so much that she saves them in a special box. But, if I give her flowers and a card, she’ll end up…

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This Family is Prone to Shenanigans and Malarkey

This Family is Prone to Shenanigans and Malarkey

The best families are prone to all kinds of shenanigans and malarkey! You could say that growing up I was a gullible little girl who idolized her trickster big brother. When I was little, he told me that he saw a leprechaun in our living room. I spent months looking for it, but gave up eventually, not because I no longer believed him, but because I was convinced the leprechaun had left us and moved onto another family. His next shenanigan was to convince me that I could dig to China. The hole got pretty big and then I turned it into a Barbie…

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Family Volunteering and Cemetery Hunting

I love when STI Drive offers to drop a vehicle off at my house to let me test drive for a week. We had a special, but strange, family adventure planned that weekend, so the offer came at the perfect time. One of our favorite ways to get outdoors, learn about history, have a family adventure, and give back to the community at the same time is cemetery hunting. We like to visit cemeteries all over Ohio to take headstone photos for other researchers who cannot visit the area. This is very easily done by registering as a photo volunteer through…

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Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Teen’s Man Cave

Last night, I fell asleep thinking about how it was almost time to open windows and start spring cleaning and I ended up having a dream that we still had all of our Christmas decorations up even though it was March. Surprisingly, in my dream, I was very eager to take down the decorations and get started spring cleaning. Every room in your house deserves a spring refresh and your kid’s room is no exception. I’ve been fortunate. I have a kid who grew up a perfectionist. When he was very little, we ended up instituting a no play date…

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10 Tips for Feeding a Teenage Boy

If you have teenagers, you know how hungry they are. Especially teenage boys. 4 months into his 13th year, my son outgrew me. Meaning he is now taller and weighs more than me. It is a strange but wonderful feeling to look at my “baby” and see a growing man who is now way stronger than me. I take my role as his mom very seriously, and one of the most important aspects of my role is to keep him healthy, happy and full. Please don’t ever, ever make your sweet boys feel guilty for the amount of food they…

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Tea Time With DIY Mugs

Did you guys see my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy mugs that I shared last week? I am not a coffee drinker. I just don’t like the taste of it. But tea, on the other hand, I adore it. I could drink it all day long. My favorite mug has been in my possession for 12 years now. It is an over-sized Winnie the Pooh and friends mug. Oh, lookie…I just Googled it and found one on Ebay. Maybe I should buy it, just in case mine ever breaks. I have a ton of plain white mugs in a box in my…

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