My June Pinterest Challenge

Are you one of half of the moms affected by Pinterest stress? I know that I am. I admit it, I am not the best cook, crafter, DIY-er, etc. I don't have the first clue how to sew and I am definitely NOT a fashionista or expert home decorator. I love my husband and my kids, but there simply are not enough hours in the day to do all of the things that Pinterest says I should. Oh, and when it comes Continue Reading

My Son Got in Trouble at School, and I’m THRILLED

Isaac caught doing something (top)

Isaac was put in time out in school last week for not listening to his teacher... and I actually smiled with joy when the teacher told me. I'm sure she thought I was crazy, but I just couldn't help myself. Before I had kids, if someone had told me that I would be happy that my child misbehaved, I would have laughed in their face. You see, I am one of those moms who believes that it is more Continue Reading

Lego/K’NEX-Themed Kid’s Birthday Party

Birthday Party - oyveyaday (5)

There are a lot of options for kid's birthday parties these days. In my area, most of the good ones involve indoor gyms and inflatable jump houses. Most 4 year olds love those - however, mine does not. On top of that, due to a hip condition, he is not allowed to run or jump. So, when I sat down to plan his 4th birthday party, I was at a bit of a loss. In the past, I have always planned low-key Continue Reading

{Fitness Friday} Setting a New Goal

running girl

Three years ago, I started walking... a lot. I met friends and we chatted as we pushed strollers around the mall or the park. When I started, I could barely walk a mile without feeling exhausted. However, after a few short months, I didn't think a walk was worth it if it was shorter than 5 miles. I had a great time with my friends, and lost 60 pounds along the way. Unfortunately, as the kids Continue Reading

Llamas and Alpacas and Guinea Pigs, Oh My!

Do you know the difference between a llama and an alpaca? I didn’t. I suppose I could have just looked it up on Wikipedia, instead, I went to Peru to ask the experts. (Llamas and alpacas are a crucial part of the Peruvian culture, especially that of Peruvians living in the Andes.) I admit that I didn’t decide to go to Peru to find out about llamas and alpacas. It actually started with a simple Continue Reading