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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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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My Top 8 Favorite Places for Homeschool Books

As I was writing my How to Raise a Boy Who Love to Read post, I lingered on hitting publish and then lingered more after hitting publish, because I sat here staring at the very old photos of my two beautifully organized bookcases. One upon a time they used to look like that. Seeing those photos really motivated me to pull everything off the shelves and get organized again.  So I did. I pulled every single book from all 50 cubes and made piles all over the house. (By the way, my husband built both of these IKEA-inspired shelves for…

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From Ice Storms to Palm Trees to Snow

“Harry wished he had about eight more eyes. He turned his head in every direction as they walked up the street, trying to look at everything at once: the shops, the things outside them, the people doing their shopping.”  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1)  We took a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando this week and that quote from Harry Potter sums up exactly how I felt walking around. Oh, the joy on my son’s face as the Hogwarts Express came down the tracks, the shock and awe as we walked through the secret jagged wall that…

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Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

We recently took a 4 day trip to Chicago (see my post that should have been titled The Things a Mom Will Do for Her Child.) We met Doctor Who’s Matt Smith… I flew on a plane for the first time… We rode on a pirate ship… We met some fabulous Doctor Who fans at the comic con… And we explored this fabulous science museum in the heart of Chicago…Warning: this post is very photo heavy. I can’t help it, there is so much to show you from this amazing museum! The moon landing. This is the giant periodic table…

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