Happiness is ______ {2014-W43} #happinessis

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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 [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W35} #happinessis

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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 [...]

Summertime Fun – Chalk on the Trampoline

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We’ve already had a ton of fun on our new trampoline (even though summer’s not even a week old for us yet). It was a perfect summer day – sun beating down, windy enough to keep us moderately cool. The kids had been playing as hard as they could, but were getting to that “bored” [...]

Sometimes Mom Has to Jump, Too

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I hadn’t really intended on it, I was outside happily picking crabgrass from the freshly mowed grass when she held my hand and led me to the trampoline. The evening air was too delicious to ignore. “Yay, mommy’s going to jump with us!” And so, I did. I got on. Why not? It’s fantastic exercise, [...]

Trampoline Sprinkler Fun – A Poem

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Bathing suits snap against skin, tightening knots on waistbands, water spout creaks, sliding into the “on” position, forcing icy retreat through the snake-like rubber hose, sprinkler hissing, flailing water to and fro. Happiness and jubilation beneath the blue sky. Summer has arrived.

Happiness is ______ {Week Twenty-Seven} #happinessis

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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 [...]

New Trampoline (and I Did It! Woohoo!)

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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 [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Ten} #happinessis

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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 [...]

Sponge Bomb Tutorial

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In searching for summer fun awesomeness on Pinterest, I came across this adorable post idea for “Sponge Bombs.” (Not Sponge Bob, which I inadvertently say EVERY. FREAKING. TIME.) Sponge Bombs are essentially cut-up colorful kitchen sponges, zip-tied together* in the middle, and moistened to become wet sponge “balls” to throw and play tag with. Sounds spectacularly awesome, [...]

Settling Into Life

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As the dust begins to besmirch our newly placed furniture, and crumbs can be found on the table at any moment, it is clear that the newness of the house is beginning to wane, and it is becoming more of a home rather than a strange/new place to live that houses our belongings. My husband [...]

Cosmic or Divine Intervention? What Do You Think?

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Something downright amazing and awe-inspiring happened today, and I really needed to share this with you. If you ever doubt in there being “something else” out there, something divine, whatever religion or spiritual beliefs you may or may not hold, please read this with an open mind, and heart. I’d love to hear your thoughts [...]

A Week in My Life, Day 2 – Monday

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(Ever wonder what I do all day, and how I manage all six of my kids? Heh, me too, sometimes A Week in My Life is an experimental series I’m working on this week based loosely on the popular “A Day in the Life” photo diaries in which I plan to chronicle what I’m doing [...]

A Week in My Life, Day 1 – Sunday

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(Ever wonder what I do all day, and how I manage all six of my kids? Heh, me too, sometimes A Week in My Life is an experimental series I’m working on this week based loosely on the popular “A Day in the Life” photo diaries in which I plan to chronicle what I’m doing [...]

My Weight Loss Story and Tips to Help You Lose Weight

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2009 was *the year* of years for me in terms of becoming healthier and finally shedding “the weight”. I did it, I battled the “baby-weight war“ and freakin’ won, man! I successfully lost 35 lbs by making smarter food choices and working out utilizing the Wii (and a little ingenuity)! Woo hoo! I still cannot [...]

Did Anyone Get the License of the Truck that Ran Me Over?

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Every now and again there’s a day that comes along and knocks you out of your shoes. No, scratch that, knocks you out of a slumber, because it begins before you’re even awake. Phone ringing,dreams silenced,groggy eyes fumbling for the receiver. Confusing call after call,interrupted by kids fighting,coffee out of reach, unmade,insistent knocks at the [...]

Summer Boredom Busters – Water Fun

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If school hasn’t gotten out for the summer yet, it will soon. One of the most dreaded phrases our kids can say is “I’m bored”. I will tell you, my children have stopped saying that (except for my oldest, who apparently can’t get out of her own way). I have ALWAYS found that saying absolutely [...]

Looking Old? Maybe. Feeling Old? Not really.

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I guess you don’t really see it until you see it. In a picture. Because, you see, I don’t see myself when I look in the mirror. When I look in the mirror I’m checking my hair, brushing my teeth. I’m looking at what I’m supposed to be focusing on, not me as a whole, [...]

Paint Today With Love

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I suppose it doesn’t take much for a mom, huh? We get all ooey gooey when our child mutters a syllable, or draws us a scribble with a half-broken crayon. We treat these gifts like gold, framing them on our fridge, pressing them into books, snapping away our cameras at their teeny faces, beaming with [...]

Fun With Kids – Flying Children

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Want an expensive way to entertain yourself and your children, that makes for some good blog fodder? Whip out your camera, and tell your kids to run or jump around and attempt to fly while you take a picture. Put the straight jacket away, I’m totally serious here! Jeez! I had entirely too much fun [...]

A Hospital Kind of Birthday

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That’s where I got to spend my son’s 5th birthday. Alone. Birthday boy-less. In the hospital. I had just finished sewing my son’s birthday present and this sharp pain happened in my side, and just after it happened, I felt a wave of fuzziness, like I was about to pass out yet my heart started [...]

The Great Splenda Experiment

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I use it, and have for years.. I generally like it. I started using it when I was almost diagnosed as almost having borderline gestational diabetes (Yup, a lot of almosts there, as I was borderline for their borderline), and I continued using it since for my coffee, tea, etc., ever since. I wasn’t the [...]

Why Trampolines are Cool

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Cool hair-do’s Warm sun + physical exertion + warm black trampoline mat = nap time Submissions for Funniest Home Videos