Family Weekend Getaway: Asheville {Part 1}

Family weekend getaway asheville nc

A quick glance at my news feeds online this morning left me with a pit in my stomach. It was a pretty balanced mix of the terrible and the beautiful with a splash of insanity for good measure. So goes the internet these days but it got me thinking about life because if you ask… [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]

Too Tired to parent: Is Balance a Myth?


This seemed like a good one to bring back during my season of rest. Are you struggling to find balance? Originally posted May 2011.   In the past couple weeks, I have been hearing a lot about living in balance, observing the Sabbath and getting rest in general. The first installment came from my Pastor… [read more]

Mr. Potato Head Travel Playmat

Travel Potato Head

If you are looking for an easy project to keep your kids quietly occupied on a summer road trip, read on! I’m taking a little break from blogging this summer. In the meantime, I’ll be posting a few of my favorite summer posts from the archives! Originally posted April 2012. I have been looking online at quiet… [read more]

3 Killer Tips to Boost Your Creativity

gary creativity

The creative process is an interesting thing. It’s completely internal for a long time before anything actually gets done. For many, it’s this internal processing that kills ideas before they even get started. I love watching my children be creative and when I am lucky enough myself to have a creative moment or two, I… [read more]

Let there be video!

hln mom confessions

When I was at the Mom 2.0 Summit, I had the chance to chat with some of the people behind the HLN network. They were there as a conference sponsor and also to film some great conversations with the moms in attendance. I decided to drop in and share some of my thoughts with their… [read more]

Give a Book, Get a Book for Children’s Book Week!


Did you know it’s Children’s Book Week? If you love reading with your kids, stick around. There may be a giveaway at the end of this post! Reading with the boys is something I love to do. But with crazy schedules and busy days, we really have to be intentional about it. Children’s Book Week,… [read more]

I’ll teach you how to jump on the wind’s back, and then away we go.

disneyland, disney social media moms, disney, band, andrea updyke, lilkidthiings

When I was at Disneyland last month, I took a photo that I am pretty sure I will treasure for a very long time. Jerry and I were on our way out of the park to get ready for dinner when we heard a band playing on Main Street, U.S.A. near Walt Disney’s famous apartment… [read more]