2015 Elf on the Shelf Roundup!

It’s that time of year again! For our family, it has gotten off to a very shaky start. My stress level has been high due to busy schedules and particularly whiny kids. I will confess, the elf almost didn’t make it this year. Apparently, some time ago, during one of my epic mommy melt-downs, I told my kids that I emailed Santa and told him not to bother coming around our house this year. “Just.

Keep Calm and Walk On

The beginning of the school year is once again upon us, and I have, yet again, made the same New School Year Resolution that I make every year, which is this: “I will walk to school everyday with my kids. For exercise.” This usually lasts for about a week before I cave and start driving. Whatever. Resolutions are made to be broken. My house is a short 10 minute walk to the school,.

Potty Training My Littlest

There is an ongoing saga happening right now in my house, and it is about to be my undoing. It’s called potty-training, or really what it should be called is, “The Milestone That Will Never Happen.” I pictured my children, somewhere, ohhh, between the ages of 2 and 3, waking up one day and boldly declaring that they were ready to use the potty. That’s how it’s supposed to work,.

Ahh, Siblings…

We’ve been holed up in our house for the last 3 days, suffering from varying degrees of the winter crud.  You know how it is.  The kids are too sick to go out and play, lest they infect their friends, but they are not sick enough to appreciate the healing powers of rest and quiet.  You, on the other hand, are practically dying, yet you power through it in order.

How to Build a Cardboard Playhouse

Every time I come in possession of a very large box, I can’t help but start thinking about different ways to hack it into something super exciting and fun for me the kids to play with.  Forgive me.  I used to be a package designer.  Ok, so maybe this isn’t an actual step-by-step tutorial, per se, since boxes come in all shapes and sizes.  However, it does give you an idea of how I built a cardboard.

2014 Elf on the Shelf Roundup!

Christmas is right around the corner, and you know what that means!  It is time to blow up your friends’ Facebook newsfeeds with pictures of your Christmas Elf!  Yes, I’m one of those moms. You know, the one who spends countless hours dreaming up complex Elf schemes, all for the sake of scaring my children into behaving for Santa. Well, guess what? This is a win for you because I.

Happy Friday!

Sparkletina, the Tooth Fairy – Part 2

Whew. That was close.  It was 6:15 AM on a Friday morning, and I had suddenly woken up with the realization that the tooth fairy had forgotten to visit Joy.  Over the past week, Joy had been yanking mercilessly at her front tooth until finally, our next door neighbor, yet again, did us all a huge favor and yanked it out for her.  Sometimes, I wonder if she is the.

Sparkletina, The Tooth Fairy

Fun With Food – Cheese Puzzles

The little one really enjoyed putting together these cheese puzzles, then eating them.  She also did a pretty stellar job of telling me what shape she was about to devour.