Thinking outside the box: Organizing your Van

I live in my van…I wish I didn’t, but I do. I don’t mean actually sleeping in it, but my son definitely does takes naps in there from time to time. We are always on the go. To and from school, to and from softball practices or games, to and from the store, to and […]

Pumpkin Party Perfection

I love Pumpkin flavored everything…so as you can imagine I am in heaven right now with all of the stuff currently in store! Each year around this time I invite my pumpkin loving friends to come for a Pumpkin Party! I ask each guest to bring an item with pumpkin in it….can be savory or […]

Busy being Mom…and loving it!

If you’ve been reading my blog for the past year, then you know that we have adopted a little guy. We walked into the process in September last year with so many hopes and dreams about how everything would play out. For the most part, it’s been pretty smooth. Our agency is awesome and offers […]

Pay it Forward with Snuggle and #ShareABear

I love pay it forwards and this one is extra awesome! Snuggle is paying it forward and donating 5,000 stuffed Snuggle Bears through the Starlight’s Children Foundation to help comfort children going through trying experiences. The Starlight Children’s Foundation partners with experts to improve quality of life for children, families and communities around the world.  They work […]

Pay it Forward with PDQ

We are back in ball season and are on the run most nights! One of my kids top picks for dinner on the road is PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality) restaurant! We love their fun deals and promos and this months promo is awesome! They have partnered with Coca-Cola and the St. Baldrick’s foundation to […]

When Words are Not enough…

This past month has been a strange one for me emotionally. Personally, my family is okay and all are well and doing good. Older kids are back in school and baby and I are finding our new normal again. Last weekend a friends son died, unexpectedly. It was a loss that no one anticipated and […]

Finding Balance after Adoption

Here we are almost 9 months in and I am STILL trying to find balance in my life! We are always moving forward and on the go, but always feeling a little frazzle-dazzled! We had some sort of a routine, then BAM – summer hit! It threw off everything! It made it harder to do […]

Solving the Bible Story Family Growth problem

For some time I have felt a calling (so to speak) to make sure my kids are being intentionally fed spiritually. The idealist in my would have us carve out an hours every night where Steve (being the man of the house) would engage with a fun, applicable lesson from the Bible. This has not […]

The Importance of Positive Adoption Language

Adoption has been around for a long time, however the circumstances and ways that families can adopt have changed a lot. If you research the history of adoption, you will find a few things. 1.) Kids were put on Orphan trains that traveled from city to city and then at stops they were put up […]

Pay it Forward with Office Depot Foundation

I love Pay it Forwards! For the past 16 years, the Office Depot Foundation has been giving children important tools they need to succeed in school – and in life – at the beginning of the new school year. I love their National Backpack Program! They are donating 200,000 colorful new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and […]