Mother’s Day with Groupon


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon. All opinions are 100% mine. The day is coming! THEE day. The one day where I can--and do--say no to any chores asked of me or any questions that come my way. Nothing says Mother's Day more than giving up any said motherly obligations. It's bliss really. I start planning what I would like for Mother's Day the day after Mother's Day … [Read more...]

Woodland Party {Part 1}


Yes, part one. There’s no way I can wrap up the birthday extravaganza in one post, so I’ll share it with you throughout the week. I used to throw these over-the-top/this-is-too-stressful/what did I get myself into?parties for my kids, but I decided to take a couple of years off. Well, little one reminded me that this was a big year for her (double digits and all), so she wanted a big … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day


I am thankful for my mom for providing me with the most wonderful childhood I could have hoped for. And I’m thankful for my children for making even the most difficult moments of motherhood totally worth it!! Happy Mother’s Day!!!!!!! … [Read more...]

New York Getaway


A few days ago, my brother (who lives in California) called me and said, “Hey, I’m in New York for a few weeks for work. Why don’t you get a plane ticket and come visit me?” My non-thinking self: “Heck yeah! I’ll be there in ten minutes!” My thinking (and true) self: “I don’t know…” “What if I die in a plane crash?” “Who will take care of my kids?” “Who will make sure they wear clothes that … [Read more...]

Organized Cleaning


Is there such a thing? Well, that’s my goal. Alice comes tomorrow, and I wanted to make the process as smooth as possible. That--combined with my obsession with cleaning products and organization--meant that I went out and bought her all new supplies.  Having them all together really serves two purposes. It keeps all the supplies together so she’s not scrambling around the house looking … [Read more...]

I Hired an Alice

Part 1: I’ve been threatening it for years. “I work full-time!” “I earn the money.” “I shouldn’t have to work this hard!” source What finally broke me? I made a list. Wanna see part of it? Let’s say you do. Work full-time Raise a family Write a blog Help develop a national conference (Holla! Haven!) Go back to college I’ll spare you #7-33 Did you see it? #4…. … [Read more...]

Healing Field


On Sunday, we took our son to see the Healing Field in my town (have I told you how much I love my town?) to commemorate those who perished on 9/11.        While I wasn’t planning on writing a post on it, I was so impressed and overwhelmed by it all that I had to share. 3,200 perfectly aligned flags standing 8 feet tall represented each individual.  Of course, each flag had a tag to … [Read more...]

Just a Little Somethin


I always struggle with personal stuff on here. It’s generally a decorating blog, but… A couple of weeks ago, I took my daughter to her first concert.  We literally just walked in the door from Florida, and we were both exhausted. But for Taylor Swift? We pushed through.     I could go on and on about how our girls emulate the wrong images today and how we have to be very careful about what our … [Read more...]

Weekend in Review

No spray paint was involved and besides organizing them, no glue guns were used either. However, it was a busy weekend! In an effort to give a “holla!” to all the hard-working women out there (can you tell I’ve been listening to a lot of Beyonce this weekend?), I thought I’d share a little picture tour of my accomplishments. Two kinds of people will appreciate this picture. 1. Anyone who lives … [Read more...]

I Don’t Know What to Title this Post.

For the first time in a while, my husband had the weekend off. So you know what that means, don’t you? I got nothing done. No spray painting, no hot gluing, and no decorating. Sorry. In an effort to save face, I did do a couple of things. Namely, laundry. See? I’ve got baskets to prove it. So here’s a dilemma. I washed a couple loads of whites, and these are all the socks I washed for my … [Read more...]

Art Tray

When kids are little, they are sponges when it comes to art projects. I remember my daughter cutting construction paper into squares for over an hour one day. It doesn’t take much, but they just love it. And then…they get older. My 8-year old is still on the fringe, but my 11-year old’s artistic creativity has been limited to monsters, sports, and skulls.  There was a time when any one of … [Read more...]

Have You Seen It?

The resolutions are in full effect are JaG’s house, and it looks like blogging material has eluded me.  Yes, everyone, the time has come. I seem to have lost my mojo. Apparently, filling 2 hours an evening with workouts and going to bed an hour or two early has left me with very little time for blogging material. What am I to do?! I looked up “juggling mom” on the internet this … [Read more...]

Convenience for an 8-Year Old

I’m not gonna lie. I saw this idea from Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick, and I sat my computer down, picked up my keys, and drove to the store to copy it. That simple. Long story short, I was looking for a way to make my cereal a little more accessible for my little one. To give you an example of her despair, I took this picture standing right next to her, so I could show you what it looks like … [Read more...]

Ye Old Homework Box

It’s that time of year. Setting alarm clocks for some ungodly time to get up in the morning, making sure you go grocery shopping more than once a month, and actually dressing your kids in clothes that match.  Back to school is upon us. Because I put my “teacher” cap back on yesterday, I’m gonna pretend I’m smart for a minute. I completed my Master’s thesis on homework completion (or lack … [Read more...]

Where Have I Been?

This temporary single-motherhood is starting to get the best of me. It’s not that I haven’t found time to blog, it’s that I haven’t found time to do anything to actually blog about! You with me on that one? Sooooo wanna go on a picture tour of what I have been doing? First up, I celebrated this little one’s 8th birthday. The beadboard is up. Now it’s caulk, wood filler, sand, caulk, stare at … [Read more...]