Sights of St. Louis {in Pictures}

st louis arch and church

Friday and Saturday our family took a quick trip down to St. Louis (our former home for 3 years) and took in all the sights we could manage to pack in during our short visit. It was amazing how many things have changed (in a good way) and how many things were just as I remembered them. We even cruised by the house we rented while living in the city ... one of those things that haven't changed. The wretched old lady that lived next door to us with … [Read more...]

Total Gym, Total Mom Challenge – Week 1 Update


Week one is done, it's over and I'm EXHAUSTED! I knew coming into this that the Total Gym Challenge would be physically exhausting, what I hadn't prepared for is how emotionally exhausting it would be. The constant struggle to find the motivation to get out of the chair and into a workout was something I've battled with every single day this past week. Aside from the workouts, I've also been struggling with food management. It's very difficult … [Read more...]

New from Radio Flyer – Scoot ‘N Zoom {Giveaway}

scoot n zoom

New from Radio Flyer The Scoot'N Zoom provides free-wheeling fun at a great price! The wheels on this exciting riding toy twirl and spin in all directions, allowing children the freedom to create their own motion. For ages 1 1/2 to 3 years. Our Experience With the extreme heat of summer long behind us, we find ourselves spending as much time outside as possible before the cold winters months get here. This is really important for my … [Read more...]

Fall Baking – Candy Corn Cake


Last week Emilie and I were chatting about all of the really cool Halloween baking ideas we were browsing on the Wilton website. Well, she pointed me in the direction of the "How Candy Corn is Born" cake and I instantly fell in love with the idea of creating this cake at home. Plus, I've been looking for some creative ways to use the Checkerboard Cake Pan Set again. While my version isn't quite as ... symmetrical as Wilton's, I still had a blast … [Read more...]

Kitchen Envy … I’ve Got It

paint bitter chocolate

I feel like such a turd for saying this, but I'm not perfect, not even close. I've got kitchen envy ... and a little drool dripping from my chin. For the past few months I've been watching for updates at Lori's blog, seeing her kitchen renovation take shape, maybe even be completed in the next few weeks. From new counter tops to cabinets, even appliances, I'm already envisioning just how completely gorgeous (and much deserved) it's going to … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – Natural Beauty

tree moss

Typically when I'm out and about snapping pictures of the kids, I like to veer off the beaten path. Sometimes this leads me to some pretty beautiful scenes that I just can't resist taking a picture of. It's also a good reminder of how lucky am I. There are so many times I get tired of the same scene and think about how much I'd love to live somewhere else, but this, this reminds me of just how beautiful Illinois can be. … [Read more...]

California Blooms for a Cause

california blooms roses

September is turning out to be quite a special month. Not only is the first time in many, many years that I've received a bouquet of roses but it's also a time of awareness for women batting Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women. - Ovarian Cancer Research Fund To help raise awareness, California Blooms, a family … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Kids Safe on the Road

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Keep your family safe on the road by following these five steps: 1. Be non-negotiable when it comes to rules of the car. There are times when it's nice to be a softie as a parent: okay, you can stay up for ten more minutes. Okay, you can have some ice cream. But there are some times when holding the line isn't just good parenting, it's a matter of safety. Whenever you are traveling in the car, you should have some non-negotiable rules … [Read more...]