Picture Day Parenting Fail – The Morning I Lost My $hit!

This post is to remind us all that “online living” is usually filtered for the good stories, the happy moments and the parenting wins. Not today folks. This morning was probably in my Top 5 Parenting Fails. It happens. No one was physically injured. We were all a little emotionally bruised. We worked through it

Hamilton – We Can’t Get Enough

Hamilton – We Can’t Get Enough

I picked up Charlotte and a friend after school today and they got into the van. I started the van. Hamilton blared through the speakers. Charlotte and her friend screamed, “Hamilton! YES! Hamilton!!!!” Then they each requested their favorite songs. And the van was filled with smiles and a sing-along the whole way home. What?

Books: Matched and The Selection

Books: Matched and The Selection

Sometimes I DON’T want to read a really good or really deep book. Sometimes I just need an easy read. Not a bad read. But an easy and entertaining read. I really enjoyed both the Hunger Games and the Divergent series. Therefore, when someone suggested the Matched series and the Selection series, I looked into

Book: small great things

Book: small great things

    Have you read this yet? YES, it is worth all of the hype on all of the book blogs and Facebook posts and wherever you see it mentioned. Go get it. Right now. Buy it however you prefer books. And, YES, this one is worth buying or begging your neighbor to borrow her

Chocolate Lava Cake in the Microwave

Chocolate Lava Cake in the Microwave

This really can be prepared in the microwave in the Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker (or Rockcrok) in 10-15 minutes! It’s super simple. Make the cake batter as directed on the box. Pour into the butter-greased baker. Scoop the icing on top. Microwave 10-15 minutes. That’s it. Save Print Chocolate Lava Cake in the Microwave

The Queen City Brewery of Cincinnati {Blue Ash}

The Queen City Brewery of Cincinnati {Blue Ash}

The Queen City Brewery of Cincinnati is now open north of the city in Blue Ash. It is located on Williamson Road just off of Cornell Road (near Reed Hartman Hwy) between Cazadores Mexican restaurant and McAlister’s Deli. The brewery currently uses their Facebook page for all announcements on hours and what’s on tap. Charlotte

When Our Hatchimal Would Not Hatch

When Our Hatchimal Would Not Hatch

Meet Hatchy…our naughy Hatchimal who refused to unlock and hatch. I guess just like babies, not all Hatchimals have the same birth experience. In my last blog post, I shared Henry’s experience with receiving a Hatchimal and the magic of it hatching and “growing up”. This post is about Charlotte’s experience. She opened hers at

The Hatchimal Experience

The Hatchimal Experience

Andy’s parents live about 4-5 hours away from us. This past weekend we went and celebrated an early Christmas with them and Andy’s sister’s family. The cousins exchange gifts and the grandparents spoil the kids. It’s a fun weekend for all. Henry received THE hit toy of the season…the Hatchimal. He was even more excited

Holiday Book Countdown to Christmas

Holiday Book Countdown to Christmas

While putting away the Halloween decorations, I came across a stack of wrapped “packages” in the basement. I suddenly remembered what I made the kids do before putting away all of the Christmas decorations last year. I made them wrap books. We tried this five years ago and here is what I posted back in 2011:

Brussels Sprouts – Oven Roasted

Brussels Sprouts – Oven Roasted

Save Print Brussels Sprouts – Oven Roasted   Ingredients Brussels Sprouts Oil Salt and Pepper or Spice of Your Choosing Instructions Clean Brussels Sprouts and cut into halves or thirds. Toss Brussels Sprouts and any of the loose leaves generously in a bowl with your favorite oil. I used Wildtree Natural Grapeseed Oil. Sprink with