Happiness is ______ {2014-W15} #happinessis

soccer taking it up the field all alone

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 [...]

How to Repurpose Easter Baskets

repurposing personalized easter baskets

Baskets in all shapes and sizes make me happy. To me, there is no better medium with which to organize than using baskets. They’re so pretty, functional, versatile, and sturdy. Each year on Easter, we crack open the stored box of my children’s baskets, dust them off, prettify them while packing them with goodies to [...]

Parents, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

heart-shaped handprints craft

My husband hates being late. No matter how early we begin preparing, somehow we always find some way to magically leave the house later than expected (especially for soccer games). (I’m thinking it has something to do with having eleventy-billion kids with eleventy-billion things to keep track of.) I hate being late, too, but I [...]

Dream a Little Dream of Reality

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I used to have a ceramic floral tea cup and plate sitting upon a lacy doily with dried carnations and roses resting on my white nightstand. As a child, I loved french romance. I cut out many phrases artfully taped to my wall, and experienced many dreams of my future adulthood in my four poster [...]

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

I need a Moms Night Out because..

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 [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W6} #happinessis

Proflowers Premium Lots of Love

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 [...]

Love Letter to Your Child – Valentine’s Day Printable

love letter to your child

Are you looking to do something special and unique for your child/ren this Valentine’s Day? Why not print this love letter to your child and fill it with lovely words and thoughts? What’s your favorite memory with your child? What did you think when you met your child for the first time? What’s your favorite [...]

I Think The Medical Profession Hates Me

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There’s a reason why people are afraid to go to the doctor – they’re afraid. Some are afraid of needles. Some are afraid of the tests conducted (and even more afraid of the results). Some are afraid because they fear taking medications (and their side effects being worse than what they’re taking the medicines for [...]

Turning the Corner – On Squareness, Roundness, and Fitting In

me and Baby V

I get lost in the every day with my family, especially lately. I’m focusing so much time and energy on them, myself, this house, our lives, that suddenly I blink and it’s been five days since I’ve opened up my WordPress dashboard to write anything. Every day since Baby V was born was a struggle. [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Nine} #happinessis

laundry pile in the corner

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 [...]

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 [...]

My Trick to Ending Backpack Clutter

End Backpack Clutter

After getting SO TIRED of seeing my kids’ backpacks and stuff sprawled all over my front entry way area, like this: I tried using a storage ottoman at the front. While it hid the kids’ backpacks nicely, it took up way too much room, as it was too wide and stuck out pretty far from [...]

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

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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 [...]

“The Last One” Woes

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She climbed onto my lap quite dinosaur-esque, readying her position for some nap-related boob-time. I leaned back into the couch, my trusty heating pad clicked on to a “1″ resting against my lower back. Just as I began to open Facebook, I instinctively decided to look down for a second at my baby’s drowsy eyes, [...]

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 [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Twenty-Six} #happinessis

flying on feet

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

My Must-Have Baby Gear for Baby’s First Six Months

nuk expressive double electric breast pump

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NUK. The opinions and text are all mine. Having a baby is a miracle in itself, but sometimes those to-do lists and shopping/packing lists from all the parenting books, magazines, and websites can seem quite overwhelming. Do you really need eleventy-billion spit-up rags, a [...]

The Day of Can’ts

toddler park

Every single day I experience “can’ts” of some kind, whether I want to or not. Some days I can’t sleep, other days I can’t eat, or I can’t move an inch without the baby chasing me, shrieking “Mama!!!” Today was a day of all my can’ts put into a blender, set to high, but without [...]

How a Fever, Sleepless Nights, & Obnoxious Kids Changed Me as a Mom Forever

baby v at seaworld

After getting sick late Wednesday night, I spent the last part of the week in a fever-induced haze. Tired, rundown, haggard, vacillating between sweating and freezing, all while battling a suspicious fever that persisted with no other symptoms or ailments to warrant or explain its existence. I did my damnedest to scrub the evil fever from my [...]

San Antonio Laser Tag Family Fun!

San Antonio Laser Tag

What do you get when you pair together Spring Break + kids + the park + a few friends + great weather + portable laser tag weapons? A freaking good time, that’s what! My family and I had the extreme pleasure of joining a few of our San Antonio friends for a lovely day in [...]

Why Women Should Learn Money Management Now

women money management

Before my husband deployed, there was a mandatory pre-deployment brief that both service-members and their families had to attend. My husband was already hip-deep in the pre-deployment military training and readiness craziness, which helps ensure the soldier is “battle ready.” It didn’t surprise me in the least to discover they had a “battle ready” seminar [...]

Cosmic or Divine Intervention? Take Two

park-slide

Good gravy, people. Yesterday, something happened that gave me chills. Something that practically mirrored what happened almost two years ago, when I wrote a story about a chain of events that happened that made me question my beliefs on whether or not something else is truly “out there.” Divine intervention, if you will. This story begins [...]

Today, She is Six – Her Birth Story

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The November/December before she arrived was a busy one. My brother got married in Tampa on Thanksgiving weekend, the military relocated us from one on-post house to another just two weeks before Christmas, forcing us to package up our entire lives and stuff it into an (old) new house. This move caused us to have [...]

Grief-Stricken, Helping Newtown, and Saying Thank You

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Today’s alarm was a cruel one. Monday mornings are always particularly tougher than any other day of the week, specifically because it comes on the heels of two straight days of a little freedom and some extra shut-eye. The routine is back in session, work will commence, kids will go back to class and have [...]