To the Moon and Back! Loving My L'il Astronaut

Every child has a dream. Something that they hold on to to get them through the tough times. For my son, Dexter, his dream is to be a space explorer. It started when he was two, and he and his daddy would sit in the darkened living room watching Neil Degrasse Tyson hop in his "spaceship of the imagination" and explore the cosmos. Dexter was enthralled. He became obsessed with the planets and space. Over time, he learned everything there is to know about our solar system....more

Once a Quitter, Always a Quitter - How I Stopped Smoking Forever

Sponsored Content: When I look back now, I am really and truly baffled as to how I started smoking. I grew up with my mom smoking like a chimney, and my dad dipping snuff. Our walls always turned a gross shade of yellow, and everything I owned had the faint smell of cigarette smoke. When I was a kid, I took it for granted that everyone smoked when they grew up. I had been exposed to it my whole life....more

Gaining Confidence and Losing Weight with alli

Several years ago, my dad was having some health issues. As part of his commitment to fighting them, he decided it was time to really put some effort into losing weight. He'd never been a "big guy." In all my years, he was always fit. He had a job that required him to be in top condition, and I remember over the years exercising with him in the living room. It was only when he retired that he started putting on weight, and after so many years of constant vigilance, it was kind of funny to see him pack on the pounds....more

Roasted Asparagus, Caramelized Onions & Bacon Pizza

As far as we’re concerned in this house, pizza is a food group. I’ve shared the stories about how Mark and I got engaged over pizza, and we have a million stories of pizza bonding our little family together. And there is something completely awesome about making pizza at home – trying new flavor combinations, teaching the kids about the chemistry of bread dough, and sharing a slice as we talk about our day’s events ....more

Traveling With Children Just Got a LOT Easier Thanks to Disney Parks and Scholastic

Our family has always had the spirit of adventure. As you may well know, Mark and I met when we were both living in another country! We were two Americans who had both somehow managed to get the chance to live overseas, and when we met and fell in love, we vowed we’d continue to keep seeing the world! ...more

Pan Seared Steak With Charred Tomatoes and Fresh Basil

I don’t know if it’s because I am forever suffering from anemia, but I seriously crave steak at least once a week. There’s nothing better than a gorgeous hunk of seared beef, perfectly cooked and wondrously seasoned. Whether from a restaurant or on the grill, in the oven or on the stovetop, this has become a staple of our diet in this house ....more

Help Your Kids Get Kindergarten Ready with Utah Upstart’s Free Preschool

This post is sponsored by Mom It Forward and UPSTART all opinions are 100% my own! I can’t believe that Dexter is old enough to be starting Kindergarten this year. It doesn’t seem at all likely that I have a five year old who is about to be thrust into the world of learning and engagement ....more

Free Printable Minion Superhero Book Labels and Lunch Box Notes

If your kids are as obsessed with Minions and/or Superheroes as my kids are, they’re going to LOVE these awesome Lunch Box Notes and Book Labels. Simply download the PDF and print them on your home computer. Or get them professionally printed at your local printing store ....more

Exploding Rainbows

When I was a kid, we used to save our popsicle sticks and use them to build towers, forts and even birdcages. Nowadays, though, you don’t have to eat eleventy-million popsicles. You can just buy craft sticks! ...more

BLT Pizza

Another day, another awesome pizza from me to you. Let’s be fair – I’ve kind of got a reputation as a pizza connoisseur, so I feel it’s my duty to bring you amazing ideas for amazing pizzas. Like this one – a BLT Pizza that brings together the most amazing taste of Bacon, Lettuce and Tomatoes for a GORGEOUS family-friendly make-at-home dinner ....more