Gift Guide ~ Girls

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I am the mother of a boy.   A seven year old boy who asked for a Bear Grylls knife or an AK 47 for Christmas.   So, I'm not exactly on top of what little girls are doing nowadays.  I DO know about those Bratz dolls...and those new sleazy vampire looking things (Monster High I think?).  No thank you.   I decided to … [Read more...]

Gift Guide ~ Boys

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Hey!  So as you know both Kristan and I are both moms of boys.  Just boys.  Which kinda makes us experts on boy stuff. Seriously, I get invited to a girl birthday party and I will literally stand in the girl toy section of Target staring for 45 minutes. It's over-stimulation or something.  Don't even get me started at buying gifts for little … [Read more...]

Vampire Books for Kids!

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Now since Twilight and vampires are the theme here this week, but the Twilight series maybe a touch, errr... inappropriate for the younger kids, how about we give them some fun alternatives? My boys love to read and they THINK they like scary stuff...but when it comes to bedtime, scary books don't do either of us any favors.   Here's … [Read more...]

Absorbing Artwork

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My boys are always looking for art projects. I think they are under the assumption that the more cutting and gluing and mess making, the more "arty" the project. I am not keen on cleaning up huge art messes, so this project was easy and not so messy!  Also, it uses a medicine dropper or eye dropper, which my kids seemed to love using...who … [Read more...]

Fun Thanksgiving Books For Your Kid!

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With the Thanksgiving holiday coming soon I wanted to share with you a fun tradition we have. I love books and  so do my kids...I also love a theme, so getting my kids books to read about upcoming holidays is great fun.  It gets them in the spirit and they are fun to pull out year after year creating mini traditions. I mean, who doesn't love … [Read more...]

Moms Behaving Badly ~ Whipped Cream

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Ok,  so yes...I prank my kids. I have a long history of pranks...some going over well and some flopping.   And yes, I enjoy laughing at my children's expense, as long as it's all in good fun...sue me. I am sure some of you don't agree with pranking, and that's fine...but I will tell you, as long as my kids get a laugh along with … [Read more...]

Moms Behaving Badly–Fake Mouse


I am a mom who plays pranks on my kid.   Often.   And as luck would have it, so is Shelly, which is just one of the many reasons she is my bloggy BFF.  We both realize that as moms, it is our right to get a good laugh at the expense of our offspring.   Also, I am pretty sure I read a study somewhere that said that … [Read more...]

The Big Nate series ~ an Interview with Jake


Ok, so I have an 8 year old and he LOVES to read.  Every night before bed he pulls out whatever his favorite book of the moment is. But regularly, he reads the same books over and over over...which I don't quite understand.  I have never read a book twice in my life! Recently he has gotten into a series called Big Nate... There are … [Read more...]

Straw Planes

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I am constantly looking for new and easy things to keep my boys occupied. I have to say that while I enjoy crafts...the mess that they generally leave behind is enough to keep me off the craft-wagon. There are certain things, though, that hold boys interests, far beyond a puzzle or a box of crayons...paper airplanes are a prime example. I … [Read more...]

Punk Kids {Giveaway} ~ Contest Closed

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I know I sound old when I say this, but it's hard finding things to entertain my kid that don't involve a screen of some sort.   TV screen.  Video Game Screen.  Computer Screen.  Gah.   I don't mind any of that in moderation, but I love to encourage creativity.   And one thing I've found that my son LOVES is building … [Read more...]

Birthday Breakfast Buffet


  I am a firm believer in big birthday celebrations.  For me, it's not so much about the party favors, or the price of the gifts--it's about the fuss.   There must be fuss.   I mean, we each get one special day a year.  And I do my best to make sure that the birthdays in my house are properly recognized.  Mostly … [Read more...]