Not-So-Spooky #KMartHalloween Shopping for Decor & Costumes

KMart Decor

I don't know what it's like where you live but September brought in a rush of cold air and bone chilling breezes for us here in Illinois. While the temperatures aren't very typical for September it does give us a quick reminder that fall is just around the corner. Then, comes the spooky fun of Halloween! This year we're getting a head start on all of our shopping at KMart Halloween and focusing on the not-so-spooky decorations for the front … [Read more...]

Find Your Balance with Family Fitness Fun

3 Kids and Us soccor

Now that fall is almost here and I'm getting back into the swing of a busy schedule with my three children, I'm striving to find more balance in my life especially when it comes to fitness. Often times as parents, we put our physical needs aside to make sure our kids are getting good meals, dedicated one on one time and shuffled to and from after school activities. This kind of crazy scheduling can put your body's needs on the back … [Read more...]

Happy Labor Day, Gone Fishin’ – See Y’all Tomorrow

Fall Fishing 2011

Last week it was a sweaty 100 degrees and this morning, the one day I get out of the house and go fishing with my parents it ends up being a chilly willy penguin 53 degrees ... in the shade ... because the sun hadn't come up yet. Despite spending the wee hours of the morning shivering, it was the best day I've had in a long time. Relaxing. Peaceful. Incredible. While I never take joy in hurting anything, fishing is something I love to … [Read more...]

Tackling a Football Cake with a Grass Football Field Cookie

Football Cookie Cake

Last week my son celebrated his 10th birthday, a pretty big one if you ask me. It may not be quite as special as your first birthday or even your golden birthday, but hitting double digits feels pretty momentous to me. To celebrate, I decided to let our son have the "cookie cake" he's been begging for with a few additions. The plan was to create a giant cookie football field with a football shaped cake in the middle. My plan was carried out … [Read more...]

Friday Food Finds | Footy Footy Football Food

Friday Food Finds Football

It is without a doubt football season. My son has been on the field for a few weeks now, I was hoping for an early win with Chief's kicking the Packer's butts in week 4 of pre-season games (didn't happen, ugh) and I'm ready to rumble ... in the kitchen. While my son is out tackling the kids on the field, I'm in the kitchen tackling new recipes for the fall season and game day menus. One of my all time favorite game day recipes is my own … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Recipe | Whole Caramel Apples for Fall

Crock Pot Caramel Apple

Okay, so it may not be fall just quite yet but that doesn't mean I can't make the kitchen smell like it is without heating the house up and the slow cooker is the perfect tool for that. I get the scent of cinnamon apples drifting throughout the house and all the heat stays in the little pot. Nothing, not even a baked apple pie is as good as caramel apples. When you toss whole apples in the Crock Pot with a few caramels, you get this delicious … [Read more...]

TruMoo Chocolate Milk (No HFCS) Chat 8/31 at The Motherhood


As a mom, my one goal in life is to raise healthy and happy children. Like most parents, every day is a learning experience especially when it comes to providing my children with healthy food and drinks. One thing I know for sure is that milk has always been a healthy source of nutrients. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to get my kids to drink it without adding a little chocolate flavor. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong! Evidently, … [Read more...]

Tips for Easing a Child into Early Childhood Education


In just a few short days my oldest daughter will be starting her second year of Preschool, also known as Early Childhood Education. Living in a school district with a very rigorous academic schedule, I understand how important it is for her to get the earliest start possible to prepare her for the years of education ahead.As a stay at home mom, I worried, probably a little too much, about letting my "baby" out of the nest so to speak. Having … [Read more...]