The Six Month Mark – On Quitting Smoking

It was the best decision I ever made, the day I said goodbye to my best friend.  Ever since I was a teen, they’d always been beside me…everywhere I went, they went.  I has been six months now…but the best six months. Six months ago I quit smoking.  It was the hardest, easy decision of my life, and I am oh – so glad I made it.  My life has changed in so many ways since quitting that I find it hard to compare between now and then. I can run … [Read more...]

Mabel’s Labels Ultimate Back To School Combo


Disclaimer: Links within this post are affiliate links.  If you make a purchase after clicking I will earn a small commission.They're gone.  My house is quiet and I have to admit...there is nothing like having all of your kids in school at the same time.  It's almost like being a teenager all over again.  Well, not really.  But you get the point.  Work I do stays done, and no one is following my tugging on what clothes made it to my back today.It … [Read more...]

Gift Guide – Toopy And Binoo Plush Doll {with Giveaway}

Toopy And Binoo

I know it may seem early, I mean, we're barely into our third week of school... But Christmas is just around the corner. Already the nights are chilly and I'm finding myself turning on the heat.  I am already in full on Christmas shopping mode, though I will admit...most if it is be done from the comfort of my home rather than in line ups at the mall.  I love love love online shopping.  For each and every store I shop at.  If only I could do … [Read more...]

Back to school with Villaggio


The phrase "Back to school" brings with it a bag of mixed feelings, no matter who you are. For kids, it signals the end of summer. No more late nights on the couch with movies and popcorn, and worst of all no more sleeping in after those late nights. For parents, it also signals the end of summer, and tragically (at least for me) means that sleeping in is also off the table for us. It also leaves many of us with an even bigger problem than … [Read more...]

BBQ Forever – Dad’s Turkey Burger Recipe


I woke up this morning to a chill in the air. A chill I haven't felt since winter released its icy grip on my skin, and allowed the warm sunshine of spring to wrap me up in its blanket of  happiness.  This chill can only mean one thing. Fall is on its way, and there is nothing I can do about it. well, almost nothing. You see, there is one part of summer that everyone loves, and that love runs no deeper than it does with me.  I'm talking about BBQ … [Read more...]

Master Bedroom Makeover with ben & ME #DIYwithBen

ben&ME Bag

Do you know what happens when both of your kids head off to school?  Time.  Time is what happens.  That is the gift I was given this past week. 35 hours a week my children are in school and I no longer have to spend my days chasing after (read picking up after) two boys.  Instead, the housework I do stays done.  Well, at least until 3pm.  To celebrate this life changing event, my husband and I decided it was time to create our own bedroom … [Read more...]

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


Everyone is familiar with the 3 R's. Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle. I try to follow these rules, and teach them to my children at the same time.  My personal favorite of these rules is "Re-use". As the handyman of the house, I love nothing more than taking something that has lost its purpose, and finding it a new life.  This often takes place by deconstructing something that no longer works, is no longer needed, or just speaks to me (as happens … [Read more...]

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