Our Zion Ponderosa and Zion National Park Vacation!

Zion Ponderosa activities

I can’t believe how fast the summer has flown by!!  Here in Louisiana we have just three weeks until school starts again.  This summer we spent half our summer vacation time in Utah.  If you haven’t ever been to Utah, I highly recommend a visit! After a two-day road trip we started our vacation at… [read more]

Rock N Learn Learn a Language – Review and Giveaway

Rock N Learn Learn a Language review

Summer is in full swing! I hope you and your family are enjoying the couple months off from school.  A few weeks ago I talked about ways to avoid the summer slide.   It is important that kids keep their brains active and learning throughout the summer months when school is out.  It isn’t always easy,… [read more]

A Look at My Dream Kitchen

I’ve come a long way since my first “grown-up” kitchen. And it has been years since I began building my dream kitchen in my mind. When my husband and I were first married we moved into a tiny 500 square foot apartment.  Our apartment, a fourplex was built in the 1920′s and had hardly been… [read more]

On to Zion! Road Trip Recap

Arizona near Lake Powell

It is images like this that make a 24 hour car ride with 3 small children bearable for me. Texas Wind Farm  I am absolutely captivated by the scenery when I drive on long road trips.  I was lucky to have The Husband driving this time so I could take some pictures. Two weeks ago… [read more]

I’m a National Geographic Kids Insider!


After all the pictures I’ve been posting from our recent adventures in Zion National Park, I thought it would be fitting to announce that I’ve been chosen to be one of the newest National Geographic Kids Insiders! In case you missed my pictures on Instagram or Facebook here’s a cute selfie of Little Brother and… [read more]

Better Pharmacy Experience with Target Pharmacy + Target Gift Card Giveaway

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. Like most people in today’s economy I try to make financially wise decisions when shopping for our family.  Shopping for healthcare products is no different.  In fact, because of how costly healthcare is it becomes even more important for me to… [read more]

Help fund Rachel and The TreeSchoolers! Just 8 Hours Left!


We became Signing Time fans six years ago when we introduced the Baby Signing Time DVDs to Big Brother. They were quite near miraculous in their ability to keep my son engaged while teaching him important signs. He began communicating through sign before he was 18 months old. Now, two boys later we are still… [read more]

#LetsTalkBums, Shall We? Clean Bum 101

Cottonelle CleanCare Toilet Paper and FreshCare Flushable Wipes

Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring this bums discussion. Having been a mom for almost 7 years, I’m no stranger to talking about bums. After changing hundreds of diapers, wiping bums hundreds of times, and talking to your friends about the various types of poop your child is having, most of the taboo factor wears off…. [read more]

Pile on the Veggies with Disney’s Maleficent at Subway! + Giveaway

subway pile on the veggies fresh fit kids meal

Thanks to Subway for sending us gift cards for our Pile on the Veggies challenge! My family is on a mission to eat healthier.  If you’re a frequenter of my blog then you’re probably aware that we’re doing our best to make sure our kids are leading happy, healthy lives. Getting kids to eat veggies can sometimes… [read more]

Hiking for Babies to Remember Mom

Mom with baby lucas

This summer it will be 2 years since my mom passed away.  While I am truly grateful she is no longer suffering, I do miss her.  I miss being able to call her and ask her advice about childrearing–she had 12 of her own children.  My kids, who adored their “Grama Shell” miss visiting her… [read more]

A Little Vacation Planning is Just What This Mama Needs! + Vacation Sweepstakes!

Na Pali Coast, Hawaii

I cannot even express how badly I want need to take a vacation.  I may or may not occasionally fantasize about throwing all my mom duties to the wind, skipping town, and sending myself on some exotic vacation.  Alas, I’m much too dutiful to ever take that impromptu a vacation. So, I’ve been keeping a lookout… [read more]

Tips to Keep Kids Learning Through Summer + Giveaway!

rock n learn

Disclosure: I received a copy of the DVD below for review purposes. All opinions are honest and are my own. The summer slide.  Not to be confused with the playground slide. All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students… [read more]

Last Day to Enter the Bloco Giveaway!

Because of the crazy hiccup I had with HostGator shutting down my blog for a couple of days I decided I needed to extend this giveaway a couple more days.  I wanted to have as many people as possible have the chance to win one of these awesome Bloco sets.     Bloco creative building… [read more]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas + Free Fathers Day Printables

Father's Day Gift Ideas and Printables Perfect for Dad's Love Language

Did you know, we appreciated Mother’s 58 years before Father’s Day received national holiday status in 1972?  I often wonder why I don’t spend as much time planning and preparing Father’s Day as I do a month earlier. My mom always let us know it was coming, leaving us hints so we know what she… [read more]