Saying Farewell to a Decade of Memories

3 kids and us family

Twenty ten was not only the end of a year in my life, but it was the closure to a decade of heart ache, miracles and beautiful memories. My entire adult life has been wrapped in the past decade from the moment I turned 18, my life began a whirlwind of events that I'll surely never forget. My Life in the Past 10 Years 2000 - I lost my first child to a late term miscarriage. 2000 - Met and became engaged to my husband Jon. 2000 - Became … [Read more...]

Calphalon 4 Slot Toaster Review

calphalon 4 slot toaster

Ringing in the New Year with a toast? How about the kind of toast that everyone can enjoy with a new toaster? Calphalon just introduced two new small kitchen appliances, the 2 slot and 4 slot toasters for families of all sizes. After having tried it out myself for the past two weeks, I can tell you it makes one nice addition to kitchens big and small and fits surrounding decor nicely with the brushed, stainless steel exterior. Features … [Read more...]

Powering Up Cameras & Toys for a New Year of Memories

rayovac powered toy

With the New Year just around the corner, one thing I'm looking forward to most is a whole new year of capturing memories with my camera. In fact, I'm already filling up a new photo album with all of my post Christmas photos of the kids enjoying all of their new toys and games. One thing we've found ourselves doing quite a bit of is installing batteries. Everything from the point and shoot camera to the electronic toys needs batteries, and lots … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – Christmas 2010


Even though there are a lot of things I'd like to forget about our Christmas this year, I did manage to capture a few of the happy moments before the family drama ensued. The kids got absolutely spoiled in presents, most of which still haven't even made it out of the boxes yet. I'm trying not to overwhelm them (or myself) with the mess all of the packaging brings. Four days later and I'm still finding twist ties in odd places. That said, I'm … [Read more...]

2010 Rewind – Product Reviews, Does It Still Work?

best and worst of 2010

As a blogger that often reviews products, I find that a two week trial using a product often gives a good first impression and overview of a product, but it doesn't tell you how well it's going to stand up to everyday use, wear and tear. For that reason, at the end of each year I like to do a roundup of the Best and Worst products that I've used throughout the year. During 2010, I tested and reviewed over 400 products, most of which have … [Read more...]

2010 Rewind – 3 Kids Growing Up

2010 rewind emmaleigh

Another year come and gone, in the blink of an eye. Much like last year's 2009 Rewind, I'm celebrating another year of so many blessings, three of the most precious being my children. Now that we are for sure, definitely, yes, most certainly done having more children, I can relax and enjoy the years ahead of us, watching each child become the person they were meant to be. This year has been one of growth for all of the kids in their own … [Read more...]

Embracing Christmas Eve Traditions

Milk and Cookies

Today, like most others, was a whirlwind of events that started with an early morning of cleaning, breakfast and preparing for the day ahead of us. Since we have plans of celebrating Christmas Day at my sister's house, I wanted to make sure we embraced our own holiday traditions which started with a "classic" Christmas dinner, a day early. Of course when I say classic, I mean classic for our family because I know the holiday dinner varies greatly … [Read more...]

Baking on the Eve of Christmas Eve

Christmas Cookies

Today I baked. A lot! In fact, I baked so much I don't even think all of it will be eaten. I tend to overdo it when it comes to cooking and baking, especially during the holidays. But I can't help myself, when I'm on a roll, I'm on a roll and nothing is stopping me, except for this back ache from all of the piping. I do have a beautiful plate of holiday cookies to show for it though. It's just my way of spreading a little holiday cheer with … [Read more...]