Excessive and/or Idiotic Actual School Supply Lists for Back to School

Excessive and/or Idiotic Actual School Supply Lists for Back to School

It is back-to-school season and I am constantly dumbfounded and amazed at some of the required school supply lists that schools give. The elementary school lists seem to be the most problematic for me. My own son graduated from school a while back and my granddaughters are not old enough for school just yet but I still keep on these things. When I was a little kid I remember we need basics on our back-t0-school lists: pencils, crayons, notebooks, folders, scissors, glue, school box. That list alone, even for today, can be bought easily for less than $10 at most. … Continue Reading →
Chalkboard Signs Even If You Are Not An Artist

Chalkboard Signs Even If You Are Not An Artist

Chalkboard signs are all the rage right now.  BUT… I am not an artist, I love to craft, but that does not mean I’m overly artistic at all. When my twin granddaughters turned one in March I wanted to make some really super cool, amazing, awesome, artistic, fantastic chalkboard signs like I have seen on Pinterest and around the internet. I started searching and found several people selling them with custom information, I found some paid and free templates, and a lot of tutorials for those fancy chalkboard signs. Hmmm….. I would love to do it all myself but it … Continue Reading →
Protect Your Grandchildren (or children) at Home

Protect Your Grandchildren (or children) at Home

You all know I simply adore my twin granddaughters – they are now just a little over a year old. I want to make sure that as a grandma, well ok my grandma name is Ga-Ga, that the girls will be safe when they are in my home. With every generation things change in a variety of ways so I have to keep up now with the new changes in child safety even tho I’m not a new parent. However, I also have to balance what I read in those articles for parents of children and what Caitlan (the twins … Continue Reading →
I’m Still Here and Giveaway Update

I’m Still Here and Giveaway Update

Yes, I am still here! As you probably can tell I haven’t been posting here on the blog very much lately. The twins both got a stomach virus, then they both got RSV and ear infections, and then of course, it got passed on to Hubby and I. Ugh! I never did daycare with my own son, but the twins started a few months ago and are bringing home all sorts of cooties unfortunately. I *think* we are all on the mend now though. Fingers crossed for no more major cooties and bugs. Along with illness, I have been depressed … Continue Reading →
Germs and Cooties and Coughs, Oh My! Twins Starting Daycare

Germs and Cooties and Coughs, Oh My! Twins Starting Daycare

You may remember that not too long ago we started the twins in daycare. I had no idea how many germs and cooties and coughs came along with that change! When my son was young I never used a daycare, I was always a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) and he never had very many colds, coughs, viral infections, etc. Now I know why! I do have to say though that I do not blame the daycare. We opted for Kindercare for the twins to start daycare. Yes, it is more expensive than other daycare centers but after checking the … Continue Reading →
39 Weeks is Best – Prematurity in Babies Infographic – Prematurity Awareness Month

39 Weeks is Best – Prematurity in Babies Infographic – Prematurity Awareness Month

As I mentioned the other day, November is Prematurity Awareness Month so this week’s infographic (source: March of Dimes) talks about this serious issue. My own son was premature at 34 weeks. The day he was born he had to be transported by ambulance from my hospital to Cardinal Glennon to their NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit). This was one of the best days – son being born – and one of the worst days – son not healthy. That many mixed emotions in one day is tough! Twenty-one years later my twin granddaughters were born prematurely at 32 weeks … Continue Reading →
I Am A Victim of Domestic Violence Plus Domestic Violence Infographic

I Am A Victim of Domestic Violence Plus Domestic Violence Infographic

I am a victim of domestic violence. That is a really hard sentence to write or say out loud… I mean really hard. I actually told the story about the last physical event early this year on my Mother’s Day post, Sadness on Mother’s Day. Even though I knew it was domestic violence I just didn’t want to say those words. It’s my own son. How does this happen? Most people think of domestic violence as women being hurt by the man in their life or to children by a parent. There are many other forms of domestic violence and abuse though. … Continue Reading →
Daddy Bear Returns

Daddy Bear Returns

When my son was little he received a Hallmark bear on his first Valentine’s Day in 1995. He loved this bear and it instantly became his comfort item. So much so that I bought a second one because I had read to get two of whatever the comfort item was so you could swap them out and wash them. Good idea, but it didn’t work. T (my son) knew right away they were different. He ended calling one Daddy Bear, this was his original and favorite, and the other was Mommy Bear. Daddy Bear is the one he took everywhere … Continue Reading →
Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens

Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens

(Family Features) Remember taking off for a day of adventure on your bike, returning home only for dinner? Kids these days don’t have the same incredible experience of exploratory, unstructured play. According to a new survey commissioned by Nature’s Path, 54 percent of moms say their kids spend more time playing in front of a screen than playing outside. “Playing outside in nature is critically important for kids’ development. Research shows it improves everything from problem-solving to cognitive ability to social relations,” said parenting expert Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions. “Between screen time and the busy schedules of … Continue Reading →