The Beauty of Strangers


If you’ve ever expressed a strong opinion online, you’ve probably experienced it: someone you don’t know taking it wrong. Not understanding your intent because they don’t know you and if they did, they’d realize what you really meant. Or you think they’d be kinder because people you know don’t want to hurt you. If you’re […]

10 Things to Smile About

first day of school

It’s time to share my monthly list of smiles, along with Emmy Mom. Something especially important to remember when there’s rough stuff going on.  1. The first day of school. For the first time, all three of my boys are in the same school together. They just have this year and next and then it […]

Old School Blogging: Fall Edition


Sometimes it’s fun to go back to a little old school blogging. Join in on these fall questions with The Miss-Elanie-ous Life and Simply Stavish. 1. What Fall traditions do you have? Going to the pumpkin patch has been a staple for the past few years, though it’s always been as part of a preschool field trip. […]

Friends Who Blog and Non-Blogging Friends

blogging friends

I’ve noticed some differences lately between my Friends Who Blog (FWB) and my Non-Blogging Friends (NBF). Do you notice the same things? NBF are surprised when someone they don’t know repins one of their pins on Pinterest. FWB want as many people as possible to repin their pins, especially when it’s something that is linked […]

Review Extravaganza: Week Four

My three boys on Christmas morning.

For Week 4 of the Review Extravaganza, we are looking back on October, November, and December. You have from today thru Friday, January 3rd to link up. If you missed week 1 or week 2, or week 3 no worries- just review your whole year in a post and link that up-I know a lot of you do this anyway, so […]

Review Extravaganza Week 3

In August, we attended the Family Forward retreat at Universal Studios. This was the highlight of my family's YEAR. My boys are still talking about everything we did.

For Week 3 of the Review Extravaganza, we are looking back on July, August, and September. You have from today thru Wednesday, December 25th to link up. If you missed week 1 or week 2, no worries- just review January-September in your first post and link it up! Or if you do your full year in one […]

10 Christmas Memories

My Cabbage Patch doll, Tansy Nola

1. The first year the Christmas Elf came to visit us on Christmas Eve. 2. Being up front at church during Children’s service on Christmas Eve, singing Happy Birthday to Jesus and my older brother yelling back to my mom “Hey Mom, can  I have some of this junk food cake?” This is what happens […]

Review Extravaganza: Week 2

School was out in June, so lots of swimming and camps to fill our time!

For Week 2 of the Review Extravaganza, we are looking back on April, May, and June. You have from today thru Wednesday, December 18th to link up. If you missed week 1, no worries- just review January-June in your first post and link it up! There are over $600 in prizes up for grabs for […]

Review Extravaganza: Week 1

January was when we added basketball onto soccer. My oldest two played- my youngest is thrilled that he gets to play this year, instead of just hanging out in the stands.

It’s already December- a good time to look back on the year! Join in the Review Extravaganza. You have until next Wednesday, December 11, to link up your week 1 post, recapping January, February, and March. You can get creative with your recap. I like to share a pic or two, along with a favorite […]

Join in the Review Extravaganza

We are so excited to announce the 4th Annual Review Extravaganza!  This is getting bigger each year and we are so excited to have you all join in with us. This is my first year as a host and I hope y’all will join in!