Hosting a Community® Coffee Military Match Appreciation Breakfast

May is Military Appreciation Month, and I couldn’t be more thankful that Community® Coffee wanted me to host a little breakfast-and-coffee shindig at my house for my fellow military spouse friends in honor of their Military Match program. YES, PLEASE! I have some wonderful friends here in North Carolina, some of which are enduring a LOT of military […]

Most Heavenly, Easiest Raspberry Pie Recipe EVER!

I am a Goldrich Eggs ambassador. I’m a busy mom, and crazy happens (hence the name of this site). I walk to get the kids at school everyday, and I bring my wallet, place it in the stroller, so that I can show I.D. in case one of the kids has a substitute. On this […]

Life List Item Crossed Off: Our Tea Party Send-off at Mad Hatter’s Tea

Yesterday, a few of the San Antonio bloggers came together for a “Brunch Send Off” for me and my friend Claire, as we’re both military wives and both our families are both moving away 🙁 I became super excited when I heard our brunch would be held at the Mad Hatter Tea House – to go to a real tea house and […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W28} #happinessis

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W18} #happinessis

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]

On Learning, Listening, and Finally Taking Time for Me #beautyis #Mom2Summit

When I stepped out of the minivan and onto the sidewalk of the airport, I felt anxious and nervous. I was second-guessing my decision to go. I hadn’t been away from the baby for more than 24 hours before – what if she needed me? What if my husband couldn’t handle it through the night? […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W12} #happinessis

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W8} #happinessis

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]

Moms’ Night Out Movie – Parents of All Kinds MUST See

I planned this whole big “Moms’ Night Out” with my San Antonio blogging friends. We were going to view the free pre-screening of the new Moms’ Night Out movie at the Regal theatre at 7pm, but meet for drinks at the Perico’s Grill next door at 5:30. I organized this get together for Maria with […]

Have Coffee with Skimbaco Lifestyle, and This AMAZING Mocha Coffee Cake Recipe!

I am SO excited to share with you this guest post by my good friend, Katja Presnal. Katja and her adventurous family are the absolute definition of carpe diem and living life to the fullest (her motto), as she lives her “Happiness Is’ wherever life takes her, which is currently on a countryside in SWEDEN! […]

Happiness is ______ {Week Fifty} #happinessis

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so […]

(A Not So Typical) Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-Four} #happinessis

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so […]

Super Mario Party Ideas – How to Throw a Fun Mario Party

On a sunny Sunday in April, we threw a HUGE Mario Party at our house. We invited over a gaggle of friends to nosh on some fantastic Whole Foods catering and enjoy playing some wonderful new games on Nintendo’s new Wii U game system. I think the only thing missing from the party was a […]

Fun Photos at #typeacon

This is what happens when Baby V’s sleeping head began to roll off my shoulder just as the picture of Cecily “eating” her head was snapped. HILARIOUS! Talking (and drooling) to friends at the AboutOne cocktail hour We got all kinds-of dressed up for the Ubisoft 80’s party. Baby V liked being dressed up at […]

I Looked Okay On The Outside

I smiled all of the time and meant it most of the time even though some of the times I didn’t want to smile, but actually cry Openly. In someone’s arms like I was a kid seeking refuge in my mother’s arms after being wronged except the only wrong inflicted was from myself my own […]

Twilight Zone Kind-of Weird

Have you ever awakened to be greeted by a stranger-than-normal day? As if your alarm clock’s ring was the theme song to the Twilight Zone, and everything you do and experience feels strange, pegging your day as one best spent in bed instead of trying to get anything done? That was my day yesterday. I […]

Nesting and Happy Baby Mail

This weekend has been a flurry of wonderful weather, an excellent burst of energy, and lots and lots of nesting. It has felt marvelous to be on my feet all day (words you never thought you’d hear from a fully pregnant, ready-to-go-at-any-time, right?), and getting everything “ready” for this baby’s arrival. Slowly but surely I […]

Mom 2.0 – Just What This Writer-Mom Needed

I have to unpack my mind as well as my suitcase, both are full from the past three days. Having clothed me this weekend, fuller by the day, chock-full of memorable trinkets, gluttonous moments made, and brimming with intention and new-found purpose after recharging my writer-battery. I am so filled with happy, I could probably piss […]

Mom 2.0 Summit and The Traveling Mom Conundrum – Keeping it Real

450 of you will see me this weekend at Mom 2.0 in New Orleans, and I’m gonna have on all kinds-of cute things from my wardrobe that NEVER get to see the light of day, except for occasions like this. I’m going to wear actual big-girl makeup, have the ability to leisurely slurp coffee without […]

1000th Post! Whoa.

I saw this on my dashboard this morning. I was completely taken aback, folks. Firstly, I haven’t posted since Tuesday? Sheesh! Guess I’ve been really busy. More importantly – One-thousand posts. Wow! I can’t believe how much I’ve written and shared with you all in the past three-and-a-half years. How much we’ve gone through here […]

The Untold Rules for Military Goodbyes

We stood there together, our pride busting through our collective skin, excited for our children, feeling rather celebratory for their win today at the County Social Studies Fair. We joked around, as we normally do, our families are so very close to one another, and we always razz each other, pretend punches to the arm, […]

Virtual Holiday “Roast” of Collective Bias Member Nicole Rosen of FinanceDiva.com

Twas the months before Christmas, when all through the walletNot a penny was wasted, not even out of pocket.The purses were hung by the laptop with care,In hopes that The Finance Diva soon would be there. The parents were nestled all snug in their beds,While visions of savings bonds danced in their heads.And momma with […]

Project You Magazine – Did You See (Me)?

The folks over at RoleMommy.com have made absolute magic with a wonderful new magazine called Project You. I feel blessed that I got to be a part of it for their inaugural issue. From their website: Project You is all about you – joys and challenges you face while also being nurse, confidante, chauffeur, teacher, […]

A Little (More) About Me

It wasn’t until I was surrounded by fellow bloggers again this past weekend that I realized I probably should’ve thrown up a post like this, to give new folks an idea of what a whackadoo nice person I am. Ahem. So, instead, I’m sharing now. With anyone who cares to read. Perhaps maybe, even if […]

A Photo Recap of #Blogher10

How do you put into words memories like this? Do you see the huge grin on my daughter’s face? That’s the “I can’t wait to show all the kids at school,” “This family trip doesn’t suck,” “My mom is pretty cool for bringing me to this event” face. (Well, maybe not the last one.) Meeting […]

Nintendo Wii and Netflix Party (and Giveaway!)

 I’ve grown up worshipping Nintendo all my life, owning every game system they ever created. I mean, who doesn’t have fond memories of playing Tetris all hours of the night and saving the princess in Zelda as a kid? Working with them as a Brand Ambassador is pretty much the awesomest “job” ever, if you […]

A Super Hero Kind-of Day with Spiderman & Iron Man 2

Spiderman came to visit the children of Fort Polk last Friday at the ACS Fest. With boys, you can’t help but be a Super Hero lover, and Spidey has always been one of our faves. My toddler, however, is all-Princesses, all the time. Spiderman-who? was her take on this. But she sat, eagerly awaiting entertainment, […]