Easy Back to School Teacher Gift

DIY cookie basket

Kindergarten started a couple weeks ago for my son and it has been great so far! Once we got through the school supply lists and clothing shopping, we have settled into a nice little routine. Last night, we had a meeting with Oscar’s teachers and we decided to make cookies for them. We used M&Ms… [read more]

It’s time for Bonus Box Tops with Food Lion® and Box Tops for Education™!

boxtops featured

It’s the time of year when parents are back to school shopping, planning lunches and deciding schedules for the next few months. It’s a hectic time of year with supply lists and needs coming from every direction. As parents, we want to contribute as much as we can and one of the easiest ways to… [read more]

When the world goes dark, we must respond


Whew. Life is getting ugly these days, isn’t it? All you have to do is scan the news for 5 minutes for the suffering to take your breath away. The air seems thick, inescapable. It feels wrong to just go along with life, but sitting in the desperate places doesn’t work either. As a nation,… [read more]

Guardians of the Galaxy free printable activity pack

Guardians featured

Guardians of the Galaxy has taken boxoffices by storm and I can’t wait to see this movie! Everyone I know who has seen it so far has loved it. Hopefully, we’ll make it to the theater soon, but in the meantime I have another great activity pack to share! Here in Raleigh it’s supposed to… [read more]

You think you know your kids until they stop eating cheese.


I wrote a post on BabyCenter yesterday about my breastfeeding journey in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. I’ve written about it before but it’s been a while since I really thought about those moments now that the boys are older and the milk days are long behind us. It made me laugh though, because looking back over… [read more]

Choosing the Right Entryway Rug

Entryway rugs featured

This post is part of a sponsorship with Wayfair.  A little something fun for a Thursday and it comes in the form of a discount from Wayfair! But before we get to that, I could really use some help choosing a new entryway rug. If you’ve been following along with our sporadic home improvements, you… [read more]

Where there is darkness, cling to the light

Where There is Darkness, Cling to the Light via Justisafourletterword.com

In the past few weeks, I’ve been reflecting a lot about my life and life in general. As birthdays often stir up a naturally inward-looking assessment of the state of things, I found this year to be no different. What is different is a shift in my world view. I actually wrote this post last… [read more]

Why Just is a Four Letter Word

Be Yourself quote

Today I turn 36 years old and I am welcoming  my new year with a fresh outlook. As my kids are getting older and I share their stories less and less, Lil-Kid-Things doesn’t seem like the best fit for what I want to say. It feels like a limiting category rather than telling my whole story. Yes,… [read more]