Another Sad Goodbye

Another Sad Goodbye

Just a few months after we got married, Ryan and I welcomed our first “baby” – who just happened to have four legs and a long tail.  (Read more about Toby here.)  He was only six weeks old when we brought him home, and clearly hadn’t been with his littermates long enough to learn proper […]

Success!

Success!

When Ryder started preschool, I had no doubt he would be confident and tear-free.  But I wasn’t so sure about how Evan would react this morning on his first day.  We’ve been talking it up, big time… about how much fun it is and how he’ll get to play on the playground, make new friends, […]

It Works for Me: School Lunch Edition

It Works for Me: School Lunch Edition

Now that I’m a seasoned lunch-packing professional, I figured it might be a good time to share my knowledge.  NOT!!!  We’re only two days into this new adventure, and I’m totally making it up as I we go along.  But I’m hoping that by recording this new strategy, it’ll stick in my brain and actually continue to […]

Diary of a First-Grade Mama

Diary of a First-Grade Mama

T-minus Two Days and Counting: As a former first grade teacher, I know the drill.  I know the fun these kids are about to discover.  I know the incredible growth that will take place for them this year. But as a mom, I wanna skip right past the first day… and maybe even the second day. […]

West Nile Virus – It CAN Happen to You!

Many of this summer’s news headlines are focused on the discovery of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus, aerial spraying to help prevent it, and confirmed cases for those who contracted it.  If you’re anything like me, you tend to read these stories and move on with your day without giving it much thought.  You’ve been […]

Kids Campus 2014

Kids Campus 2014

I haven’t written in a while.  Mostly because I often get stuck waiting and waiting for something big or deep or “important” to write about.  And sometimes the only thing to write about is something that may seem silly or insignificant that I assume nobody wants to read.  So I choose not to write.  But I have […]

It Works for Me: Ironing

It Works for Me: Ironing

In my very first “It Works for Me” post, I mentioned how awesome I am at washing, drying, and immediately folding and putting away my laundry.  NOT!  So I guess you could consider this a follow-up tip of sorts.   When you have mountains of wrinkly laundry, you get really good at ironing.  Every day. […]

It Works for Me: Boys' Bathroom

It Works for Me: Boys’ Bathroom

I am not a professional organizer or a expert photographer.  I’m not a gourmet chef, super nanny, or consistent blogger.  And will never claim to have it all together.  But from time to time, I stumble upon a product or accidentally develop a system for managing my home or time that works for my family’s lifestyle, and I feel […]

It Works for Me: Laundry Edition

It Works for Me: Laundry Edition

I am not a professional organizer or a expert photographer.  I’m not a gourmet chef, super nanny, or consistent blogger.  And will never claim to have it all together.  But from time to time, I stumble upon a product or accidentally develop a system for managing my home or time that works for my family’s lifestyle, and […]

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Less than two weeks after Toby died, we found ourselves meandering off the freeway on our way home from a trip to IKEA – headed for a local no-kill shelter called Pets ‘n Pals.  Since I’m obsessed with saving every animal on the planet, I knew (by name) that there were a couple dogs in there […]