Working with Felt - A Beginner's Beginner Guide to Felt Board Activity Making

I say "Beginner's Beginner Guide" because I still consider myself a beginner at simply working with felt.  It dawned on me that the first time I worked with felt (taking on the large task of a toddler Felt Christmas Tree), I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.  I've professed my complete lack of crafting skills in previous posts here, and this project proved no different....more

Stop Comparing Your Child's Behavior to Others': It's Just A Moment

As a parent, I find that we're quick to judge ourselves or our children based on the moments we see with our own eyes.  During a recent trip, I spent an hour on a boat with my daughter waiting to see dolphins that never appeared.  So, the novelty of the boat ride itself wore off quickly.  Like many moms on that boat, I found myself pulled about the boat searching for ... well, who really knows what a 3 year old is searching for....more

Could You Live in a Tiny House?

Preparing for an overnight trip to visit The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, as well as my husband's work travel to Dallas, I spent three full days cleaning our large two-story house of over 2000 square feet. ...more
French Robin Designs aside from the beach, I like the idea.  I think if I lived by the beach, ...more

Story of Girl, Dog Attack Victim, Thrown Out of KFC May Be False

How many of you heard the story about the little girl thrown out of KFC for "scaring" the others customers with her facial scars left after being attacked by dogs?...more Review Review I was lucky enough to win a free subscription to and thought I would share my experience with you.  I was not compensated for this review in any way.  From setting up our account to using the program on a regular basis, here's what we thought about ABCMouse....more

Screaming Over Splashing Juice

We started the morning out as usual.  Morning hugs and kisses, a few giggles, diaper change, and freeing the dog from her cage to head downstairs.  Breakfast selection was made and in the works while the dog was outside to relieve herself.  I gave the kiddo her vitamin, poured her cup of juice, then walked away to let the dog back in the house.  We rarely deviate from the routine in the morning ... it's pretty much auto-pilot except for what Shelby decides she is or isn't eating for the morning.  Routine ......more

Agnitus Educational Games App Review

I was able to get my hands on the full version of Agnitus by winning a giveaway and wanted to share my experience with the app and subscription service.  I was not compensated in any way to provide my review and information about this app.  Agnitus is a fun and educational app that helps your child (age 2 to 7) with preschool and Kindergarten fundamentals.  Okay, I know there's tons of tech these days, but this isn't a fluff app that simply keeps your kiddo quiet....more

Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Typically, I'm more of a juice and crushed ice type of smoothie person.  At times though, a fatty, sugary milk shake is what I need.  And since I can't always break away to get a shake (packing up the kid for a quick drive through really just isn't a good use of my time), I decided to make something at home to curb my craving.  Plus, I received a bag of Hershey's Kisses in my #JAdoreVoxBox from Influenster, and thought I could do something a little special with them. ...more

How We're Trying NOT to Raise An Entitled Child

I'm sure we've all heard how terrible the world is these days and so much is being blamed on how entitled people are becoming.  I've seen it recently - a woman didn't feel like waiting her turn to cross the road so she barged her beat up old SUV out in front of ours in just enough time not to get nicked by an oncoming car. Ahh ... entitlement  ...more

Parents: Quit Giving Unsolicited Advice

Over the years, I'd had plenty of scenarios played in my head of how I'd raise my future children, what it would be like, and how receptive family and friends would be.  Those preconceived notions were naive and, frankly, looking back on them now, humorous.  I'd offered advice to friends and I hadn't had children, but it was so easy to do because I took courses in child psychology and had done plenty of reading on the subject of children.  Heck, the few times I babysat, I rocked it. ...more