• Basic Training

    This week and next I am in training for my job.  It’s offsite, and two separate courses each week.  The first class is for data analysis and the second class is for contracting.  It never fails how I get so excited about the thought of training.  I search the course catalog as if I was searching for a fancy, new car, or some exotic vacation.  I circle 3, 4, 5 different courses to take.  Then I narrow down my results, and take my requests to my supervisor for approval and to the budget lady to make sure we have funds to cover the training.  I’m set! Counting the days that…

  • When Is It Appropriate to “Pop Up” at Someone’s House?

    When is it appropriate to pop up at someone’s house, unannounced? The answer is never, in my case. And I say never in the most sincere, yet stern way possible. I’ve NEVER been a fan of pop up visits unless it was my mama, and that’s because she lives a bit away from me. But for anyone that thinks I’m being crass in not wanting unsolicited guests in my home, let me give you a few reasons why it’s frowned upon. The Kid is Finally Sleep It can be a challenge to get the younger kids to take a nap in this house. And when I do, I’m usually tip…

  • We Took An RV Trip! Now, It’s Your Turn…

    Clark Griswold: Hey, hey, easy kids. Everybody in the car. Boat leaves in two minutes… or perhaps you don’t want to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the earth, which is only four short hours away? I grew up in the era of Chevy Chase and his National Lampoon movies. The Christmas one was my favorite, but I also loved when they trekked across the country to Wally World. Spoiler Alert: After days on the road, they find out Wally World is closed for a week for maintenance. And while the Griswold’s weren’t in an RV, they were in a station wagon (another piece of…

  • Moments In Time

    The birth of a child.  Babies first steps.  The first day of school.  These are all wonderful moments in time.  And they are met with joy and optimism.  As a parent, or caretaker, you remain optimistic that this is just the beginning of the beautiful things to come in a child’s life.  But what about the moments in life that aren’t as happy. Undoubtedly, children will go through their share of disappointment.  It’s essential to teach them how to cope with those disappointments, so they can move forward and learn from the situation.  But there are moments in time, where it’s harder to move forward.  Being aware of those times,…

  • Road Trips, Scrapbooks, & Cake!

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:29:05 +0000 For most families, life quiets down after the holidays. For me that’s not true. There are several birthdays that we have to prepare for. I have three in January alone, my oldest daughter, my middle daughter and my dear grandmother. Instead of sending a card, flowers or a gift, I decided that we’d do a family road trip to Philly to visit my grandmother. I was super excited, the kids were super excited and my grandmother was looking forward to the visit. Instead of taking the truck, I opted to go with the 2017 Mazda 6. Since it was just the 5 of us…

  • OVER 150 Snow Day Activities To Keep Everyone Happy!

    Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:01:20 +0000 Around this time of the year, we see a lot of snow days. Depending on where you live, you may see way more than most. This weather has been so crazy lately, that it’s hard to predict what the weather will be like for the rest of the winter season. I scoured Pinterest and found a few activities to keep everyone engaged. Also, check out the post I did a while ago for some other engaging activities. Click the image below to see all activities:

  • Happy New Bae!!

    Sat, 30 Dec 2017 14:15:27 +0000 I know, I know. I kind of cringed when I wrote the word “bae” myself. I’ve grown tired of the “term of endearment” for anyone who remotely tickles your fancy. But I decided to use it anyway. After this long holiday season, I was ready to be new bae for my bae. *I threw up a little in my mouth after writing that last sentence* In all honesty, while most were looking forward to December 25th, Christmas Day, I was looking forward to December 26th. That was the day my husband and I selected to spend quality time together. A whole day and night,…

  • Fun holiday activities to do with the family!

    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:58:16 +0000 Part of the fun of the holidays is being able to spend it with friends and family. Whether it’s summer or winter, there are always things to do and places to visit across the country. If you have a large family like me, it’s usually less expensive to drive to those destinations, as flying can cost a lot. This holiday season, I was charged with finding activities to do that are local to the Washington, DC area. A quick google search can pull up tons of things, and so it took a while for me to weed through it all and find a few…

  • Give Them Something Good To Eat!!

    Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:52:42 +0000 Everyone loves to get packages in the mail! Imagine getting that Christmas morning feeling, every month. Even better, imagine getting a package that’s full of goodies you can eat! I’ll be highlighting a variety of food related subscription boxes. This year trying sending food subscription boxes that your family & friends are sure to love! Graze (graze.com) offers over 100, one-of-a-kind flavors that have been nutritionist-approved. Graze subscription boxes offer quality, wholesome ingredients, which are presented in perfectly-portioned snack packs. These snack packs contain controlled amounts of sugar, salt and calories. Bulu Box (www.bulubox.com) is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box…

  • Cruising on Land!

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000 I’ve said in numerous posts and videos that I am a sucker for a new car/truck. I love that new car smell, and whenever I can get behind the wheel of a new car I try to take full advantage of the experience. The experience is heightened when it’s a car that I’ve admired for years. Last week, I was granted the opportunity to drive the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser. This wasn’t a simple test drive either. It was for a whole week. When I think of the Land Cruiser, I instantly think luxury. Although the Toyota brand in itself didn’t scream luxury to…

  • The Night My Husband & I Decided to Go Raw

    You’d think with 4 kids that my husband and I have gone raw a handful of times. I mean its something that gives you a nice glow, keeps you energized and is just a healthy way of life. But honestly, last week was the first time we ever went raw. Yes, really! We always meant to do it, as a way to boost our energy, but it just never happened. Who had the time to clean up all the mess that came with that type of lifestyle? So one night, after I indulged in some Whiskey and gummy worms, I proposed to my husband…”want to go raw”? He hesitated for…

  • Holiday Boredom Busters

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:45:39 +0000 The holidays are supposed to be filled with fun and cheer, but sometimes either before or after the meal is done, things can get a little stale. It’s easy to enjoy the thrill of opening your gifts or the hearty laughter you have over a great meal. But once that excitement is over, what do you do? And more importantly how are the kids entertaining themselves? I try to have my children interact with family when we get together. I want to see their faces smiling and having a good time, but not by what ever they’re looking at on their smartphone or tablet.…

  • Call Me When They’re High!

    Mon, 06 Nov 2017 22:10:11 +0000 So I’ve been blogging for about 8 years now. It’s something that I’ve done sporadically. I would write for a month or two, then get preoccupied with life and forget to write again. Even though TONS of topics would race through my brain about what to write about, I just couldn’t find time to put “pen to pad”. And I didn’t care that I had a small audience. I mean we ALL start from scratch. I was happy that I could make my mom and the 2 subscribers I had chuckle at my posts. Even when I was constant with my writing, I was…

  • From Butcher To Baker…

    Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:19:03 +0000 From Butcher To Baker… When I was younger, I never really imagined myself with kids. Sure I played “mom” or “house” when I was a kid, but as I got into my teen years I didn’t really see a future with a house full of kids. My dream was to get married, have a great job, live in a condo in DC and go out to eat all the time. Yeah, not much of a future but I was only 15 and although I wasn’t sure of what I wanted out of life, I knew that kids wouldn’t be included. Fast forward to present…

  • You Don’t have Nine Lives! Stay Safe!

    Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:35:17 +0000 Halloween is upon us! If you plan on dabbling in the fun that is Trick or Treating, make sure you follow a few simple tips to keep you and your family safe! Plus check out our Halloween spoof video at the end of this post. Plan your route in advance. It’s important to know where you are going. This will help you plan how long you’ll be out in the neighborhood. This is especially helpful if you are traveling with little ones. They may require frequent potty breaks. Couple that with an elaborate costume and it may just be a nightmare if you aren’t…

  • Hooo-ray! Easy, DIY Owl Costume!

    Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:32:45 +0000 It’s almost Halloween and if you’re like me, you may have waited until the last minute to decide what your little will be dressed as. My older kids knew what they wanted to be and we purchased their costumes weeks ago. The baby wasn’t as easy. At first I wanted her to be a chicken, then something else. I kept my eyes glued to Pinterest and just couldn’t find anything. I put my thinking cap on and decided that I’d make her a cute little owl. So off to the craft store we went for everything we needed to make a cute, LOW COST,…

  • Gobble Up These Recipes!

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:04:01 +0000 It’s time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving Day menu. Even if you’re not hosting dinner at your house, you may be like me and cook just to have those favorite dishes at home. Every year, I cook. It helps since there is 6 of us in the house. I only make enough to last one, maybe two days. After a few days of turkey, I’m ready to move on to something else. I scoured the internet and found a few promising recipes. I haven’t tried them just yet, but the reviews sounded good. If you have a great recipe, please share it. With…

  • Gift Giving Hacks!

    Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:47:20 +0000 Years ago the holidays used to stress me. I know, I know….it’s not supposed to. But in all honesty it did. I was so worried about gifts for everyone and making sure it was something that they’d like. Soon my budget was centered around gift giving. One year, when my husband was out of work so he could attend massage therapy school full time, I shopped the best I could on our limited budget. I tried to be creative but still appease everyone. It wrecked havoc on my bank account. And when I thought everyone was pleased and that everything was good, I received…

  • Started From the Bottom….

    Now, we’re here….Yep, right here. Here is the top, duh. Ok, let me give you some background on what exactly here/the top is, and why we’re here. As a wife, a mother, an employee and a consumer, I interact with people all the time. You probably do too. There are rare occasions where I have a moment to myself, but for the most part I don’t. During these interactions, there are sometimes events that take place where I need a situation or problem corrected. I may need answers to questions. And if the person I am talking to at the time is unable to provide me those answers or correct…