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Kid success flattening paper

We just spent 2 days helping our friends unpack from a big move.  After unwrapping boxes and boxes of their dishes, china and appliances from the moving company’s white paper, we had a HUGE mound of crumpled up paper too big to live with until the next week (when the moving company was scheduled to [...]

Out of the mouths of babes

Leaf Photo by Debbie Markham

I volunteer at my daughters school on Tuesdays. She was sad the other day following recess when I was there, so I asked what was bothering her. She said “a boy in my class said “Julie’s so stupid” (a black girl) “and I’m really sad, it hurts my feelings a lot because I’m part African.” [...]

Plastic Gloves, and Duct Tape, and Super Glue…oh my

Duck many functions!

Just yesterday I marveled how I’d let our carved pumpkins rot into a wretched pile of slop.  Having the foresight to purchase 100 clear plastic gloves at the $1 store made me smile as I cleaned up. Duct tape, now available in an assortment of colors, is unnoticeable taped around your toddler’s diaper so they [...]

The world is my cow

Portrait of a 3 week old Rhode Island Red Chick

Friday night High School Football games in our small town bring a warm community feeling into my heart.  Growing up in a bigger city, I didn’t have this.  So, I attend the games even though I have no kids attending the high school, to mingle with local moms volunteering in the snack shack, dads BBQing [...]

What’s harder…carving out time? or cleaning up?

angel food cake eaten

My favorite easy cake mix, Angel Food.  “Simply add water” Seeing how quickly I get side-tracked from… well… everything really, I wanted to create a ritual of love with my kids every day, before time slipped away from us!  So, when my kids get home from school I’ve made a tradition of baking right away.  [...]

Easy Blueberry Pancakes with fiber, protein & calcium!

Blueberry Pancakes Box Mix with added Flaxseed, Wheat Bran, Almond Meal

Makes 12 cakes, 100 calories each. My kids & I make breakfast on the weekends.  Our main objective is taste & health, & here’s what we came up with today! 1 1/2 cups Blueberry Pancake box mix 1/2 cup low fat milk 1 egg & 2 egg whites 1/4 cup ground flax seed 1/4 cup [...]

Back to School emotions

My Hero, My Mom

Since school starts for my 5th & 3rd graders tomorrow, I’ve decided to go through all the art, reading samples & comprehension tests that were sent home last June, at the end of school.  I’ve procrastinated “sifting through” to study their red marks & savor their hard work because I knew it’d take an hour [...]

S'More Camping Vacations Please!

Yosemite National Park.  Thank you Abraham Lincoln for preserving a gorgeous area of land so my fast paced spirit can slow down without cell coverage for a week.  It’s a perfect combination of rest, activity (hiking, biking, swimming at the Lodge pool, setting up camp) and creativity (making a meal from whatever’s in your cooler.) [...]


3 day weekends = we’re going somewhere.  This time we drove to the Sierra Mountains with a 2 day window for good weather & we nailed it!  Sunny on the drive in, snowing on the drive out.  I thought stuffed animals, role playing, singing & reading wouldn’t last 4 hours, but the 3 kids laughed [...]