Last Thursday I learned a lesson about compassion and anger. Two very different emotions. Two powerful emotions. The morning started off like a typical morning of getting my oldest kiddo out the door for school. Still wearing pajamas, the rest of us climbed in to the car to drop Simon off in the elementary school car […]
Hurricane Harvey has left catastrophic devastation in its wake. Thousands of people displaced, homes flooded, and roadways impassable. I fight back tears each time I view the coverage of what has happened to my fellow Texans. We live a few hours from Houston, and our home experienced mild flooding from the storm. But, our water […]
Feeling Frantic? Signs You’re Overextending Yourself – And 7 Ways To Stop We all know that spreading ourselves too thin isn’t healthy. We lose focus, our performance suffers, and instead of being productive, we end up producing inadequate work. But how can you tell whether you are productively busy or just outright overbooked? And when […]
With my husband, our relationship is almost like it was when we first got married. … We are working on it together. – Angie, proud graduate of the Treehouse and recovery advocate Just about anyone who has ever struggled with addiction would attest to the wave of destruction that substance abuse has not […]
I’m excited to partner with Education.com for today’s cute activity! If you have a baseball lover in your home, this summer boredom buster is for you. Young kids will simply enjoy using craft materials, and older kids can brush up on their geometry knowledge as they create their very own baseball pennant. In this guest […]
Last night I had an epiphany as I tried to lay the baby down for bed. Whereas she normally falls asleep within a couple minutes, last night Mary was mad. Super mad. She was hollering and unhappy with me. While she cried, I hurried and tucked the big kids in bed, and then I […]
Earlier this morning, as I watched two of my girls paint on some leftover cardboard, I had two thoughts. First, I was pleased with my “mom skills.” I was using corner protectors for my new picture frame in the kids’ bathroom. The girls wanted to make tents for their miniature dolls with the cardboard. Creative […]
So far I’m doing good on my goal to have a fun activity each day! As I wrote about in my first summer boredom busters posts here, I’m using ideas from the fabulous Family Fun Boredom Busters book that has been sitting in my bookcase for years. Plus, I’m finally using those great ideas for […]
Looking for summer boredom buster fun that is also slightly educational? Read on! For today’s summer activity, we learned more about the letter “D,” but in a fun way that worked for my school age kid and my little ones. Read about more preschool aged activities or crafty summer boredom busters here. I started by drawing […]
Okay ya’ll, this summer, I want to be that great Mom who plays games, does crafts, and really enjoys summertime with the kids. Since Simon started school last year, I realized that there were so many fun things I anticipated doing that never happened. When I was pregnant the first time, I couldn’t wait to […]
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