A Very Soulless Christmas

My eyes slowly focused on the alarm clock on my bedside table. 3:46AM. As my eyes began to close, a small voice whispered, “Now.  You have to go to Walmart now.” “No.”  I shut my eyes and rolled over away … Continue reading


The Finicky Allergy Mom

It was no one’s fault, really. My cousin didn’t know Cam had a severe peanut allergy, otherwise she wouldn’t have made puppy chow to bring and share at our family gathering.  And my grandma, like me, didn’t realize that there … Continue reading


Christmas `13 at the Orphanage

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Thoughts from paradise

It’s that time again!  Time to talk about what is quite possibly my favorite project, every year.  Christmas at the orphanage!!


Christmas has been my favorite holiday for as long as I can remember. As I was reflecting on what we could do for the orphanage this year (our fourth year in a row to do this with Casa Hogar Canaan), I had an idea. Part of what brought this project about 4 yrs ago was the realization that this wonderful holiday doesn’t necessarily hold wonderful memories for so many children.  Especially children who have been through some of the heart-wrenching things that these kids have been through. I would like to change that. So instead of flooding their space with a bunch of STUFF, I would like to give them some really fun memories.

The logistics are still being worked out. But here is my idea. Right now, Casa…

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The Reflection

I stood outside a bathroom stall waiting on my four year old. This was my THIRD trip to the bathroom within 15 minutes; the restaurant staff giggled as I had passed them that final time. I glanced up to see a … Continue reading


Picture Hanging Cheat

So I’ve been hanging 9 billion pictures since I’ve been setting up house after my recent move, and it occurred to me that everyone might not already know this easy little cheat I’ve been using for years now…

Take tape.  Masking or scotch tape is preferred.


Cut off a piece of tape that is the length of the distance between the two holes on the back of the picture you’re hanging.

Put the piece of tape on the wall where you’d like to hang your picture.  Check it with a level to be sure it’s right.


Hammer nails on the opposite ends of the tape.


Hang your picture.




Spray Painting Light Fixtures

I LOVE spray paint.  No really.  To a ridiculous degree.  It is the biggest bang for your buck that you can get in many instances…  whether you’re painting door knobs, hinges, hardware, light switch plates, light fixtures… the list goes … Continue reading


How to Patch a Hole

My post today is more practical than fun…  but we’ve all had this problem: Maybe your hole was in a wall instead of a door.  This definitely works well for that, too (better, actually.) You’re going to need: A scrap … Continue reading


Easy Corn on the Cob

Just a quick secret here… My new favorite way to cook corn on the cob is in a crockpot.  I just wrap the frozen corn cob in tin foil and toss it into the crockpot on top of whatever’s cooking. … Continue reading


Marker stains… in the CARPET?!?!?

When we were moving out of our old house, I was delighted to find all of these lovely marker stains in the carpet of my daughter’s room. As I’m sure you can imagine, I was mildly panicked.  I’d already packed … Continue reading


Creative Barbie Storage

Barbies, Barbies everywhere.  How in the world a 4 year old has this many Barbies, I’ll never know. So the budding Barbie nudist colony in my daughter’s room has created the need for a unique storage solution option.  A Pinterest … Continue reading