Fun with Chalk Paint – Inexpensive Goodwill Picture Frame Makeovers


We’ve lived in this house for over a year, but our walls are still mostly bare – due to a mixture of laziness, budget and not finding the ‘perfect’ frames. To get exactly what I wanted, for less, I decided to chalk paint two old picture frames. A few months back I bought two old frames at Goodwill. The […]

January 29, 2015

I Chose To Stay Home With My Children – Not To Throw Away My Career

I'm a Work in Progresss

As I left my job almost two years ago, the words of a trusted co-worker rang in my ears: “If you want to come back, you better find part-time work or a way to make yourself appealing to employers or you won’t be able to find a job”. Last fall, out of the blue, another co-worker […]

January 23, 2015

DIY Dinosaur Tails, Dinosaur Spike Party Hats and Favors

DIY, Joyful hosting

I am excited to finally share the last special touches from our son’s dinosaur birthday party. About a month before the party, I came across these DIY Dinosaur Tails on Pinterest. I was excited about the idea but lacking a sewing machine and the skills to actually make them. My mom is a talented artist and I […]

January 16, 2015

25 Real-Life, Tear-Inducing Toddler Problems


Trying to understand why a toddler is upset is often a futile endeavor. Simple daily events that usually go unnoticed can suddenly induce tears, terror, screams, angry outbursts or any combination thereof. Then the same issue will cause no response whatsoever the next time it happens. I wish grown-up problems were as simple as these. Sometimes […]

January 12, 2015

Fear Rises…

I'm a Work in Progresss, Parenting

On November 26, 2014, a young man named Chandler Swink died after suffering a severe allergic reaction to peanuts. I wrote this article that day. I waited to post this because I didn’t feel right discussing my fears as if they were as important as this man’s death. They aren’t; my fears are nothing in comparison to what he, his family […]

January 6, 2015