Prepping for the Summer Sports Tournament

Prepping for the Summer Sports Tournament

I grew up playing sports so it’s no surprise that my kids also compete athletically. Now that my daughter plays travel ball, that means a number of summer sports tournament weekends. To that end, we’ve developed a system to prepare and – you can ask anybody on our team – I am known for having EVERYTHING. Read More

DIY Softball Bucket

DIY Softball (or Baseball) Bucket with Cushion

It’s softball/baseball season. In our house, that means a lot of softball. Autumn plays on a travel team and when they aren’t practicing or playing, we certainly are. This year, Autumn has decided to really give pitching a shot. I’m not opposed to this but my knees are. Crouching to catch and pop up for Read More

Girls Need Sports

Why We Are Failing Girls in Sports

Girls in sports should not be a rarity. Sports build character, teach teamwork, and encourage good physical and emotional health. Our girls NEED sports in their lives. So why do more than 50% of girls stop playing by age 17? I’ve read a lot of articles on the topic and seen dozens of excuses, most Read More

Autumn as Steampunk Lady Gepetto

Academic Acceleration: A Parent’s Perspective

Parenting is tough and education is one of the biggest challenges these days. When it comes to academic acceleration, there is a lot of advice out there.  How do you determine what’s right for you and your family? Settle in, this is going to be a long one, but I promise, it will be worthwhile. Please keep Read More

What my kids think I do....

National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day

Today is National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day. I really love this day because it allows for career exploration and lets kids see what their parents actually do. “Work” can be an abstract concept until kids experience it firsthand.  We had to convince my son to participate because the idea of spending a day writing Read More

Listerine & Vinegar Foot Soak

DIY Pedicures – Listerine and Vinegar

It’s almost that barefoot time of year again and that means cleaning up winter feet. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time or money to hit a salon and have the full treatment done. That’s where DIY pedicures come in. Like many women, I took to Pinterest to find solutions to my foot problem – dry, rough skin Read More

3 Tips to Save $$$ on Groceries!

3 Tips for Grocery Savings

Grocery and savings generally don’t go together in my world now that my kids can eat more than me. Gone are the quick, cheap grocery store trips and it’s even worse when the kids decide to accompany me. But. All is not lost. I’ve found some ways to offset a portion of the increased grocery Read More