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3 Ingredient Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Jalapenos

Math Man and I like to grill. In fact, it’s because of Math Man that I’ve learned the nuances of grilling all the things on both a gas and charcoal grill. My favorite is the charcoal grill. There’s just something to starting that fire and doing the...
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Ok, I’m Happy

Summer is almost over. How did this happen? I blinked, and the weeks of hubby at home and getting to sleep in are rapidly approaching their end. I had many goals for this summer. We were going to do activities weekly. My kids were going to have less screen time. We...
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DIY Backyard Clubhouse

When Sassy Pants (now 12) was about 4, Math Man decided to buy her a playground. We didn’t have anything except a baby climb and slide thing, and she wasn’t using it. He went to one of those prefab places, picked out a backyard clubhouse we thought would...
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Back to School with Label Daddy

Four kids means lots of stuff. Back packs. Shoes. Jackets. Lunch boxes. When school starts in just another month, the pace of life picks up, and we find ourselves falling back on our organizational strategies. One of these strategies is to use Label Daddy labels to...
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Groupon Coupon: More than Just a Cool Rhyme

It’s always fun to save money, and it’s especially great to save money at stores or on sites where you regularly shop. Did you know that Groupon has a variety of coupons for just about every single store or retailer you could think of? By buying in to a...
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Daddy Wins (a poem)

My kids adore their father. Endlessly. It’s sort of a joke that the boys will quite literally deflate when they find out I’m the one to take them to bed. Daddy is just more fun and more laid back than me. While my feelings are moderately hurt when they...

Non-screen summer activities

Summer is here, and the kids are home. For some families, that means getting to hang out all day, go on vacation, sleep in, take naps, and all that fun stuff. While that’s sort of true for this household, I still work in the summer. My online classes have me...

BrickFest: Why we’ll go again

Building with Legos is one of my kids’ favorite things to do. My boys, especially, like to purchase the kits and follow directions with Daddy. Diva just likes to build and pull them apart – she’s two. I received tickets to attend BrickFest Live, and...

Ultimate Summer Book List

Since Baby Diva has turned into Toddler Diva, I’ve actually had time to read some books. It’s amazing to finally sit and escape into a new world that isn’t necessarily filled with sippy cups, homework, and whining. This summer, I’ve joined a...

May Poetry: Mother’s Wish

All day I think of you. Warm and inviting. Soft in all the right places. Strong where I need you. Most beautiful specimen I’ve ever seen. Every day, you tempt me… Invite me back to your warmth. You don’t judge me. You never talk back. You fulfill my...

Simple Ideas for Sprucing Things Up

It’s pretty well-known among my friends that I do not have a particularly green thumb. Generally, I kill all outdoor plants. I have two potted trees that were labeled as “easy care,” and I’ve just about murdered them (I’m trying to fix my...

Rubbermaid FreshWorks (Review)

In this house, fresh fruit reigns supreme. My kids would rather eat grapes, strawberries, blueberries, apples, melons than any vegetable out there. This means we buy a lot of fresh fruits and use them up relatively quickly. Sometimes, the store has a particular fruit...

Digital Media Academy Online Learning

As an online teacher, I understand the importance and relevance of learning on the Web. My colleagues and I can attest to the fact that a well-written course and program can teach a student exactly what he or she needs to fulfill requirements that are met at the...

LEGO Brick Fest Live is coming to Charlotte!

It seems to be inevitable that if you have kids, you’ll have LEGOs. My boys have quickly become fans, and my baby (who just turned 2 — sniff) finds herself immersed in “Yegos” every chance she gets. While they are often a pain in the bottom of...

Loving my Tervis Water Bottle

I’m notoriously bad about drinking water. In fact, I’m so bad at it that I’ve recently finished a major bout with kidney stones and kidney problems that, I’m almost positive, stemmed from my lack of hydration. The doctor wanted me to drink more...

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