2015 thisgratefulmama Winter Bucket List


Parenting

Make homemade hot chocolate with peppermint mini marshmallows Get your exercise shoveling snow instead of using the snow blower Attend church every Sunday during Advent Share the true meaning of Christmas with your kids and others Make snow angels any time, any where – the more spontaneous, the better Do your best to put up Christmas […]

December 7, 2015

The thisgratefulmama 2015 FALL Family Bucket-List


Parenting

The 2015 fall bucket list focuses on activities to enjoy with your family during the fall season, with an emphasis on gratitude and service to others. I hope these 100 ideas help you fill fall with joy.  Hello, Fall! Cook Bake a Pumpkin Pie from scratch Succumb to the fall pumpkin fad with a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, or […]

September 4, 2015

Shell Shocked Parents…And The Face Of A Child’s Resilience


Parenting

One of the exhibits at our local Children’s Museum is a life-size ant hill. The kids love the maze of tunnels. Our daughter is just 2, so my husband and I climbed in with them. We were not as fond of the humid, carpeted tunnels and the smell of sweaty socks as they were – we went in […]

August 24, 2015

101 Rainy Day Boredom-Busters For Preschoolers and Toddlers


Parenting

Play Bubble wrap – Pop! Dominoes – set up and watch them fall Indoor camping – why not roast marshmallows over the stove? Closet fort – a very private, very dark fort Go on a trip – pack ‘bags’ and take a trip on a couch-airplane Build a toy city – block  homes and businesses, masking tape roads Blanket fort – a pile of […]

August 1, 2015

Sprinkler System. Yep, That’s Me.


Practice Gratitude

What really wakes me up at 630 AM? Was it the run I just finished? Nope. A freezing blast to the face from the sprinkler as the wind catches the spray, forcing it in the opposite direction from which it was purposefully aimed. Yikes! Last year, as new homes finally got sod, just one other poor soul was out there, throwing […]

June 10, 2015