Happiness is ______ {2014-W9} #happinessis

making a wish

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 [...]

Giving Up The Self-Loathing Chatter. For Me. For My Kids. #FightFatTalk

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The following post is sponsored by Burst on behalf of Special K®. I can’t recount how many times I’ve sabotaged myself in the face of a compliment. “You look beautiful in that dress, Lisa.” And then, for whatever reason, the response out of my mouth is “Oh, thank you so much! But… ” and then [...]

Disney Princess Tea Party for The Little Mermaid #DisneyPrincessPlay

Disney Princess The Little Mermaid Tea Party

As part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®, we wanted to celebrate the release of The Little Mermaid Collector’s Edition by bringing the movie to life in our home by having a Disney Princess tea party. Fun, right? We’re huge Disney Princess fans in this house! My daughter owns a Princess bike, dresses up as a Princess quite often (I [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-One} #happinessis

girl bonding over nail polish

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 [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Six} #happinessis

pasta lover

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 [...]

Heart-Shaped Braid Tutorial

heart shaped braid tutorial

Would you like your daughter to have a cute heart-shaped braid for Valentine’s Day or a special occasion? This braid is a lot easier than you might think, and can be done using a french braid or an inverted french braid. What you’ll need – A brush, a wide-toothed comb, a fine-toothed comb, a clip [...]

OshKosh B’gosh New Arrivals

oshkosh b'gosh girls shirt

When dressing my children, I go for adorableness, but specifically aim for durability. We save our children’s clothing to pass down from child to child. All of the younger children have taken pride to wear their older siblings clothing, and it makes my heart sing to see baby after baby, child after child, rewearing clothing [...]

Hair Bow Holder Tutorial – Recycled Craft

diy hairbow holder tutorial recycled craft

While Christmas shopping at Target, I saw this gorgeous sparkly pink ribbon that I couldn’t resist purchasing. I popped it into my cart, and happily brought it home to make SOMETHING out if it that I loved. When I began wrapping presents, removing hangers from clothes, is when it hit me – what if I [...]

Here Comes Santa (Baby)

baby v holiday outfit

Her first meeting with Santa was (mostly) magical, but because she still wasn’t feeling well. (You can see in the picture she doesn’t seem herself.) We went to the hospital for all their ear infection “re-checks” (which turned out to be ear infection re-prescriptions), and Santa had a nice set-up right there in the main [...]

The Lattice Braid Tutorial and Fun with Girly Hair


It all started when I found this “bow braid headband” tutorial on Pinterest (it usually happens like that, right? Pinterest is the root of all “evil” with new things lately, huh?), I looked at this lady’s website and found her knotted headband tutorial and tried it on my daughter. IT WORKED! I then decided to [...]

Laughter As A Teething Remedy


She’s teething, and it’s been a lot A LOT of mommy time right now. Some days, I barely scrape by with running my fingers through my hair, let alone with a brush or a comb. If it isn’t something snacky and small, it won’t get consumed by me, either. Her grip on me is tighter [...]

Prom Pictures (ZOMG!)

junior prom

I can’t believe I have a daughter old enough to not only attend prom, but old enough to look like this: Kind-of blows my mind, y’know? In the blink of an eye or a snap of your finger, WHAM, it happens and they grow and instead of Barbies, it’s make up. Or boys. Or prom. Hard [...]

The Pregnancy What-Ifs and Nevers I Can’t Shake


I am having a tough time with this pregnancy. I am struggling in ways I never, ever imagined I would. Every morning when Baby Dude wakes, I change his diaper, reaching into his dresser drawer for an outfit, one that’s chock-filled with history from my previous two sons. His dresser is full of things his [...]

When Mom Takes A Day Off, She Gets Shinguards. (Huh!?)


When other moms take the day off, they go shopping for themselves, treat themselves to a spa day, relax, eat out. Y’know, stuff like that. Me? I got myself and the kids dressed, and took my toddlers shinguard shopping. Because it’s sexy and I’m a huge soccer dork who really wanted to get her daughter pink [...]

Adventures in Hair-Dos and Beauty Products with Toddler Girls


When I had an appointment over a week ago, my toddler watched and studied me with great interest as I applied makeup, lotion, and brushed my hair just-so. In fact, right alongside me, she’d pick up every item I had just used, asking to use it herself. Every since, she’s in my bathroom daily, taking [...]

Hair “Pretties” and Mom’s Losing It


I woke up yesterday with a sore arm, because I slept with a hair “pretty” on my wrist all night, and for anyone who’s ever done that, it seems to travel up your arm while you sleep, to the point of leaving a pretty painful indent when you wake. I stared at the painful indentation [...]

Waxing, Where Have You Been All My Life?


I’m probably one of the few women alive that had never been waxed before. Until today. Except maybe that time I tried that fake-wax goop that was sold on late-night infomercials way back when. You know, which ended up causing massive bruising because it wasn’t hot enough, or maybe I didn’t pull it fast enough. [...]

Fashionable? Um…


While at the Hillshire Farm booth at Blogher, competing in the Hillshire Farm Sandwich Showdown, I commented to the mother of one of the kid judges about how adorably she was dressed. She thanked me and informed me her daughter picks out all her own clothing. Herself. She motioned to her little one, too, who [...]



She’s not afraid of heights.She’s not afraid to look a little crazy.She really likes dressing like her sister. She’s a dork. No, really.She really knows how to make people laugh without trying to.Most of all, she is one of the most loving, most giving, kind-hearted girls you’ll ever meet, often sharing everything she has with [...]

Using a Bathroom Towel Set for Kids Costumes


If you have a princess-loving daughter like I do, you probably have princess costumes complete with crowns and accessories same as in our home. However, they take up a lot of room and don’t store well in the dress-up chest with other costumes, as they need to be hung, and her closet is too high [...]

Finally Got One


The other day we sat cheering on our children despite the severe trouncing they received on the soccer fields, and amidst my preparations for my baldness by hair-pulling, my toddler came to me and wept in a big, ball of toddler cuteness. She wanted to play Barbies with this little girl who only had two [...]

Curly Girl


As women, we have to primp and prep and fuss to get our hair just so and eye lashes to stand upright, cheeks to look rosy, eyebrows to not look ape-ish. But children? They’re naturally beautiful – their lashes so long and perfect, their hair requires little preparation to have the perfect bounce, no horrific [...]

Houston, We Have Pigtails, Part Two


We’ve come a long way since part one, baby sister. You can stop growing up so fast, now. Mm kay? Left picture: one year old Right picture: almost 3 years old Time is not my friend Never miss a thing! Subscribe today for all kinds of crazy parenting fun!

Letting Girls Choose Their Hair Style


There’s something about taking your daughters to the salon to get their hair cut. Perhaps it’s how grown up they look, sitting in the waiting room while thumbing through magazines. Or perhaps how you secretly cry inside as they’re called, not wanting to say goodbye to a single strand of hair on their head, despite [...]

Toddler Hair Bow Game


Stop the presses! Alert the media! We have liftoff! Houston, we have a “pretty” staying put in her hair, over.Oh no you don’t missy, don’t you run away and snatch it out of your hair!!You can’t hide behind that chair to rip it out, I can see you!Yup, peek-a-boo! I see you there, too! You [...]

Beautiful Like Me – Self Image – Week 1


I find it interesting the topic of this week’s Beautiful Like Me post is: How our self-image effects the self-image of our children. It wasn’t moments before that I had found this article, entitled Generation Diva: How Our Obsession With Beauty Is Changing Our Kids via Newsweek by Jessica Bennett. Here’s the part I want [...]

Just Like Me


In between the gray hairs, the multiple diaper changes and calls for boob, despite the craziness that life has to offer, there are moments of sheer awesome in which I just sit in absolute awe of my children and realize how amazing they are, and how many attributes they have of me, good or bad. [...]