“Birdie Birth Control” – You Don’t Hear That One Every Day

porch birds

The @#*($&@#($@#*&$ birds are trying to make a nest on our porch again. The second I heard their evil, squawky peeps, I felt as though I had PTSD, and I immediately twitched tourrettes-like. I exploded out of the house, waved my hands like a freakin’ crazy lady and screamed “Get outta here!” My kids came [...]

Kids Sleep Anywhere – The Stairs Edition

kids sleep anywhere - on the stairs

Remember this picture of Baby Dude? And this picture of Super M? Well, their sister has decided to have a crack at this whole “sleeping on the stairs” thing, too. What is it with the stairs, man? -> My kids have a knack for this sleeping anywhere business. Check out my kids sleep anywhere series!

If You Give a Mom a Coffee

If You Give a Mom a Coffee

It was just a typical morning of waking up, attempting to press the button on the Keurig, only to discover a mess I couldn’t leave alone. From there, it was just like “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” only it was “If You Give a Mom a Coffee.” If you give a mom a [...]

Baby’s First Car Wash (Didn’t Go So Well)

baby's first car wash - foam!

It all seemed innocent at first. She watched diligently while the cars in front of us were sprayed and washed. She pointed and called out “WAH” smiling and laughing happily as she waved her arms. We had just been to the grocery store, and were snacking on some of our purchases while we waited. It [...]

Kids Sleep Anywhere: The Baby Indoctrination

toddler sleeping standing up

There can be no doubt that she is our child. It’s official, after showing signs of being interested in joining our ninja-powered sleep academy, she’s fully indoctrinated now. Picture proof: In this first picture, she gave up on staying awake to enjoy the sights during our bike ride, she just curled up and racked out. [...]

Out of the Mouth of Babes, Part 18

Baby Sis new fall 2013 picture

The kids are pouncing all over my husband, after he finished loading the dishwasher as he was helping me in the kitchen (with the stove and oven on). “Alright, kids, it’s about a million degrees in here. Stop climbing all over me, and let me go change out of winter clothes.” “But daddy,” my six-year-old [...]

Sexiest Husband Alive

sexy husband cleaning the fridge

“You and your bionic nose,” he scoffed. “I’m telling you, baby, something is MOLDY in there!” I whined. Every time I opened the fridge, the whiff of mold socked me in the mouth. I was five feet away folding laundry, and my oldest son opened the fridge, and I could still smell it, even from [...]

Family Bike Ride Fun

family bike ride

We slept late for our day off on Veteran’s Day. The sun awoke us through the window, trickling in through the blinds and curtains, and we felt the warmth from it almost immediately. After a few somewhat chilly days in Texas, we welcomed milder weather with open arms, and were pleasantly surprised and elated the [...]

Cinnamon Rolls and Toddler Destruction

before and after cinnamon roll destruction

I decided to try to be Mommy of the Year this morning and come home from the elementary school to make a batch of cinnamon rolls. (Not from scratch, from Immaculate Baking. Who wants to make ‘em from scratch when their’s tastes SO DANG GOOD? Also because I hadn’t had coffee yet and I was [...]

Why Our Toyota Sienna Has Magical Powers (or Just Funny Parents)

Toyota Sienna magic

My five-year-old son is CONVINCED our minivan has magical powers, and that it allows him to change the radio by pointing at it, the old cowboys-shoot-em-up way, and fire his pointer at it to change the station. His laugh alone (let alone his hilarious reaction) makes it all worth it. See for yourself:

Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Two} #happinessis

my son the running back

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 [...]

Sanity Lost. Laser Gun of Doom… Free!

laser gun of doom™

We try to go on a walk every day, with Baby Dude riding his bike, and Baby V either in the stroller or the bike trailer. Today was no different, we left even earlier than normal so we could play at the park before we left to pick up the kids. As we rounded the climby thingie, [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-Six} The 9/11 Edition #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 [...]

Hell Has a Name, It’s Called “Yesterday”


Admittedly, in the waning days of summer, I let the house go. We were living too much in the moment, so busy with living these last summer days, I figured, once school started, that I’d get all Rambo on the chores and into Full House Cleaning Mode™. That is, until the enormity of the task [...]

Mount Washmore and The Battle with Chocolate Donuts

laundry chute loft

This post is sponsored by Resolve and Burst Media. Lauuuuuundry. Blerg. You know my battle with Mount Washmore in the past. You know laundry is not my favorite. So long as it’s in a laundry basket SOMEWHERE in my house, I’m okay. It’s when it’s on the floor, because some lazy schlep, er, darling child [...]

10 Sticky Situations Where Baby Washcloths Can Save Your Life

10 Sticky Situations Where Baby Washcloths Can Save Your Life

I’m a member of the JOHNSON’S® Baby CARES council. Kids are dirty little monkeys. And that’s okay! Kids are allowed to experiment with their surroundings (and food, ahem), it’s how they get to know the world around them. But life with kids can get really messy. (And sticky. And somewhat gag-inducing at times.) But when [...]

Hulk Mom Breaks Again – Thank Goodness for Grills

broken oven glass collage

Soooooo, remember how I just said I grill everything? I couldn’t wait to share more fun, grilling posts with you, to include grilling our dinner earlier this week which consisted of grilled chicken patties, chicken nuggets, breaded cod, and fries. SO YUM! The grill really adds a crisp smoky-ness to it, and it’s too delicious, [...]

When Big Brothers Dress Their Baby Sisters, THIS Happens

brother sister buddies

“Mom, she’s got spinach on her dress from lunch. Can I change her for you?” I listened for a moment for the Twilight Zone music, and didn’t hear it, so I almost was ready to believe it was real life. “Uh…” “C’mon mom, I can do this!” He insisted. “See?” He posed with her for [...]

Adventures of the Britax B-READY and The Baby Thief

B-READY super hero squad

there was a family of nine who lived in Texas and loved a good adventure. One day, they received a fancy new “Rolls Royce of strollers” in the mail to review called the Britax B-READY. They were quite excited about it! After a quick and painless few minutes snapping it together quite easily, they were [...]

New Trampoline (and I Did It! Woohoo!)

new trampoline

Originally, this trampoline-putting-together task was going to be a “fun” activity for my two middle-schoolers. An afternoon project, if you will. I figured it couldn’t be TOO HARD to put together the poles in the bottom to create the base of the trampoline, right? WRONG. All the kids were outside helping – even the littler [...]

VTech Cordless Speakerphone Awesomeness for Busy Families #VTechHubOfHome

VTech CS6859 Cordless Answering System

This post is sponsored by VTech and Burst Media. Gone are the days we had to limbo under our parents’ gigantically large phone cord in the kitchen to get to the fridge. Remember those phones? How heavy and clunky the handset was, with a cord that weighed five pounds that could stretch from one end [...]

When Birds Attack – {Video Proof the Bird on my Porch Hates Me}

porch birds

I’ve spoken about our “pet” birdies on our porch before, sharing the images on Instagram about how cute they are, how excited the kids (and we) are about having front porch “pets.” See the parent birds? Aren’t they so cute? See the baby bird, how sweet he is, sleeping there? See those babies? Aren’t they [...]

Baby Sprinkler Photo Humor

baby sprinkler humor collage

Take heed, young children. Don’t throw your toy cars onto the lawn in front of the sprinkler, and you shall be spared a wet fate like my daughter’s. She may not have liked being sprayed in the face, but I call it KARMA. (Bet ya think twice before being a terrorist to me again, eh!?)

The Post Where I Praise Wipes and Talk About Butts #spon

baby butt

Baby poo-splosions are not my favorite. There’s a lot of things that I love about having babies, but those are not one of them. Baby V is particularly impressive at catching me quite off guard, especially when she’s just been dressed, bathed, or both. Imagine her fresh out of the bath, lotioned up nice and [...]

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 [...]

Biscoff Spread? Challenge Accepted.

biscoff spread

I had just picked the kids up from school, and needed to stop by Walgreens for a couple forgotten provisions. I decided to check to see if they had any almonds available, and paused before their nut butter section. Biscoff. Spread. As in, spreadable Biscoff cookies. HOLY MOTHER. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (It did not disappoint.) I may [...]

Day at the Park Hilarity

baby v on the swing

After a busy morning of doing a lot of this… .. my butt was becoming numb and the sunshine was calling my name. “C’mon kids! Let’s gooooo!” It was FINALLY warm enough, FINALLY sunny, FINALLY walk-worthy weather, and it wasn’t too wet. Hooray! The swings, however, didn’t go over too well. I thought she might [...]