I Should Not be a Mom to Girls

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It's the truth. I just don't have a girly bone in my body and find myself completely clueless when it comes to being a mom to girls. With my son, it's easy as pie, I grab the clippers, buzz off the hair, line up the back and he's good to go. My curly, fluffy headed daughter is an entirely different story. One that luckily ended well yesterday. You see, she's a girl. Not just any girl but the kind that wants her piggies painted, pretty … [Read more...]

Holiday Candles from Partylite

partylite peppermint delight

With all of the stress that leads up to the holidays, there's one part of it that just makes it all kind of melt away...the decorations. They're bright and cheery, reds, greens, white and gold. There's something about Christmas colors and characters that just bring a smile to my face every single year. Growing up, our house was always filled with decorations by the dozens. If there was a surface, it has something on it like a basket of mini … [Read more...]

Rigging up the Lights


The 1st thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me... Finding a Christmas Tree! The 2nd thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me... Rigging up the Lights! Yeah...let's stop with that one. I know it's not even Turkey Day yet but I've got a good reason for putting up the lights this early. Up here in Illinois winter is a bear and there's no way to tell when the temperature will just take a nose dive right into the 20's. Believe me, … [Read more...]

Our Taste of Sam’s Club Experience

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As I mentioned earlier this week, Sam's Club is hosting a holiday food sampling event, Taste of Sam's. Each store is featuring a number of holiday menu foods from cheese n crackers to spiral sliced ham. Yesterday was the first day of the event and we were there to check out all of the goodies and do a little bit of holiday shopping ourselves. Right through the doors we were greeted by a lovely woman passing out informational handouts that … [Read more...]

Just Call Me Boots

dora and boots

It's funny how kids just know things about you that you never realized yourself. They see the dynamics of your family in a way that adults are just oblivious to. You see, my two year old daughter, Kaydence, has an obsession with Dora the Explorer (and Diego). What toddler doesn't these day? No complaints from me, I think she's a fabulous role model for young children. Actually, I take that back, the one complaint I have is that my daughter now … [Read more...]

I Got the Toofers!

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After 3 months and likely 3,000 photos.... I finally snapped a photo of baby Emma's phantom teeth! But the joke is on me. She now has two top teeth that she won't let me get a picture of! See you in 3 months and 3,000 photos later. By that time, maybe she'll actually have some hair to show off too. … [Read more...]

Boy Meets Toddler, The First Crush

kaydee loves jacob

I was certainly not prepared to write about this at this point in time but it seems my two year old daughter has her first crush - her brother's best friend. Yes, you read that correctly, my TWO year old daughter has a crush! This past weekend my son's friend came over to play, not unusual. After a knock at the door, "can Mattison and Kaydee play?", again not unusual. Fifteen minutes later I walk on the front porch to get Kaydee and see a … [Read more...]

Softspot by Wozzy Review

infant softspot play mat

In my 8 years of being a mother, I can say without a doubt one of the most difficult times for me is has been when my children first started walking. The wobbly legs, the ups and down, stumbles and tumbles. It's a nerve wracking time! As proud as I am of our 8 month old daughter, Emma, I'm also fearful of her getting hurt on our hardwood floors. They may be great for keeping the messes at bay but they can also be a hazard for young … [Read more...]

Interracial Marriage Woes, Thoughts from a Mixed Kid

archie bunker with black man

Note from Cat - This topic is in reference to my original article relating to the success of interracial marriages - Black Daddy, White Mommy. After receiving a comment (#27 on that post) that we felt was written from the heart and not intentionally inflammatory, we decided to openly address it to not bring attention to the commenter but to express personal feelings and thoughts directly from a "mixed" point of view. Read the original article … [Read more...]

Holiday’s Made Simple and Gifts Galore

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This year Sam's Club is working hard to make the holidays more simple for everyone. From the stressed out moms trying to find the Thanksgiving turkey to the dads looking for last minute gifts. Everything you need can be found right at your fingertips with.... As the holidays draw near, I'm on the hunt for the perfect present for everyone in my family. Instead of hunting down gifts in the store, browsing aisle by aisle, my solution this … [Read more...]