28 Ways to Lower Stress in 10 Minutes or Less

28 ways to lower stress in 10 minutes or less

Let me tell you a story about how I got totally carried away on a tangent: About 5 years ago I was working at a school that was taking its toll on me mentally and I joined an online support group for stress management. It ended up being the case that the best thing for my mental health was to leave that job, but in the meanwhile I got pretty good at recognizing when I was stressed and finding … [Read more...]

Hanging out at Home #52Project

widely spaced siblings

  We've been having such a lazy summer. Well, the kiddos have. I got caught up in online classes, which kept me pretty busy on top of caring for 3 little ones! Like I said before, we make several trips to the park a week. Here's a Vine of me and Baby JP in the shade while his sisters enjoy the play structure.We had a play date at my sister’s. She has a trampoline!   … Which gave the … [Read more...]

First Day of School Preparedness

first day photo ideas

Not much can rival the excitement of a fresh box of pointy crayons or a college-ruled notebook with hundreds of crisp pages just waiting to be filled. But you don’t want to overdo it and end up with a bunch of school supplies that aren’t going to get used, do you? So what do you really need to do to get your kids ready for their big day? If Frugality is your goal, I suggest you consider the … [Read more...]

Little Hands, Big Smiles #52Project


When you look at these next few photos, try to guess where we spend a lot of our time (I’ll tell you the 2 places at the end of this post). Can you believe how big he is? Baby John is always giving big smiles. He is the sweetest little squishy baby ever.  These munchkins. More big smiles.From Instagram. I was experimenting with shutter speeds and, while this picture is not great in … [Read more...]

California Chicken Recipe

california chicken easy chicken recipe

I’m calling this recipe “California Chicken” because many of the ingredients are common in Southern California recipes: Avocados, tomatoes, and hot peppers are the basics of many great local dishes. Plus, anything with tomatoes, cheese, and avocado makes me think of my small hometown-the avocado capital of the world! We eat a lot of chicken and rice in our home. One of the challenges is finding … [Read more...]

#52Project A Yearbook of Our Lives


There are 2 awesome things about taking a photo a week: 1. It gives you a personal yearbook of your life 2. You end up with way more than one great photo a week. I'm looking for moments to photograph every day, so I have more than just one favorite for each week. Here are some of my favorites over the last 4 weeks.Do you know how hard it is to get your teenagers to let you take their … [Read more...]

What I Really Want My Kids To Learn


Raising my children is my #1 priority. At the end of the day I want to be able to look back and see that I modeled and taught some core essential values to my kids. Love  I want my children to behave in a kind and loving manner to those around them. It's no big deal to be loving to your family because, well, you're supposed to. It's the norm. But what really matters is how you treat others, … [Read more...]

I’m Going to Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration On the Road! 


  A few weeks ago I got an email from "Walt" (yes, as in Disney ). Ok, maybe it was from "Walt Disney Parks and Resorts", but still... Pretty cool, huh? Let me tell you why: Back in April I had registered to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015. It's a shortened version of the annual conference, which was held in Florida this year. I've seen a lot of bloggers talking about … [Read more...]

When Should You Start Buying Supplies for Twins?

when to buy supplies for twins

Finding out your are having twins is such an amazing revelation. It’s not uncommon to want to run out and buy all the things right away. In this post I’ll share my advice for when to buy baby stuff for those who are just itching to get started.  Early on: Diapers and the big stuff I highly recommend stockpiling diapers from the get-go because a) they can get pretty expensive and b) the first 4 … [Read more...]

Family Fun Photo Dump #52Project


  Confession: I love keeping up with my photo a week personal challenge, but I was getting kinda embarrassed that my #52Project posts were, like, practically the ONLY posts on my blog. I debated about canning the project, but I'm not one to quit at anything, so my next thought was to just do one post a month and include a photo a week from that month. That was end of March, and here we are … [Read more...]