Every Mother Counts

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In honor of Mother’s Day I have a few special things to share. Please read clear to the end. I am writing this because I want to. Because I feel it is important :) The Day I Was “Born” A Mother I remember when I first became a mother. We were young and had only […]

1982 Never Looked So Good

1982 never looked so good-

I love my sisters! I especially love when they go along with harebrained ideas of mine. A friend on facebook posted a link to a website where people had recreated an old photo. I about fell off my chair laughing! I did a little more searching and apparently it is a thing. I must be living under a rock because I did not know about this. And there were a TON of examples!

I find it hilarious and I was happy that one of my sisters was game. And bless my other sister’s (introverted) heart because this was WAY outside of her comfort zone. And she was the one in the ridiculous dance outfit! HA!

So here we are in 1982 and then again in 2013……

Being Brave


I started my blog for fun. I didn’t really expect more than just my friends and family to read it. (I had hoped it would reach more) Maybe my friends’ families and their friends. I did not expect it to grow so much, so quickly. I started it in the fall of 2010 and by […]

Camping at Bear Lake

Bear Lake

The last few months have been a struggle. A physical, mental, emotional struggle. When my husband was laid off due to his company that he worked for going under, I started accepting more work to make up the difference. I ran my self into the ground trying to keep up. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to say “poor me”. I am truly grateful I was in a position to have control over my work load and that there were opportunities to make money. I am just stating the facts. It was hard. I felt like an absentee mom all summer. Normally I have oodles of time to play, oversee chores, help with their projects, etc. In the past, having a blog never interfered or changed our day to day lives. But upping to the workload did. My husband was amazing. He helped around the house and played with the boys. My kids will have incredible memories of this summer with their dad. Even though I know they didn’t suffer any ill effects of me being so busy, I feel jipped out of a summer. I had many sleepless nights trying to meet deadlines and worrying over finances. Aside from the financial strain, my sister was going through her biggest trial in life, to date. The weight of those two things bore down on me to the point that I felt like I was going to explode.

I needed a break. I needed to slow down even if it was just temporary. The opportunity came when it was time for our annual camping trip with my husband’s family. And luckily for us, it was close to home which meant it was within our budget. We have had to miss the last two years.

We went to Bear Lake!

Bear Lake

Back to School Party!


School starts THIS WEEK for my boys. I will be sending my oldest three across the street to school in a few days. I am sad that the summer has flown by but I also wanted to celebrate a fun new milestone in their lives.

(the winner of the gift card will be announced later in the post)


OshKosh B’Gosh GIVEAWAY!!!


It is that time of year again when we have to think about a new school year. More than ever, this summer has FLOWN by! I am not ready to send my boys back yet. I need another couple of months at least.

The last few years, due to lay offs and the economy, I have not really been able to go school shopping. A couple of those years we bought them one new outfit or at least a new shirt. I am lucky in the fact that I have boys. They are not as concerned with clothing and fashion and didn’t seem to mind.

So I am SUPER happy to have partnered with Osh Kosh B’Gosh! I grew up wearing Osh Kosh clothing. My boys wear it too :) And Osh Kosh B’Gosh has generously offered to give one of you lucky readers a $100 gift card to go towards school clothes for your kids!!!


Project LIFE :)


I have this sweet friend named Tauni. Some of you may know her. She is the founder of the blog conference SNAP! We went to lunch one day and she was all excited about a scrapbooking product called Project Life. She lost me when she said  scrapbooking. I haven’t scrapbooked since 2004 people. And the […]