‘I am Mom’ category

Back to School Essentials: Kindergarten Here We Come!

Well, here we are.  The first day of kindergarten for these two ladies.  They marched straight into their classrooms (separate classrooms, that is) with all the confidence in the world.  I’m so proud of them, and also really glad that first day was a huge success.

We love our new school, and the teachers are already such blessings for our family.  We feel like we’ve hit the jackpot.

So, if you are still searching for the back to school essentials, let me help you out with a couple of items we’ve tested.  These will go down as some of my best ‘finds’ this year.  If they can pass the test of these 6 year olds, trust me, they are good.

The backpack of all backpacks!  The Kanken Mini.  It’s the perfect size for kindergarten through second grade.  Love them.  And thanks to our friend Russell for sending them our way.

And this lunchbox has saved our lives.  The Bentgo.  We’ve put everything you can imagine into those little compartments…and no leaks.  The individual compartment seals keep everything in.  Seriously, no leaks.  I also ordered the extra inserts so we can prepare two rounds of lunches at a time.

And lastly, this terrific waterbottle from Thermos.  This bottle keeps the water cool all day with one ice cube.  The cube doesn’t even melt.  Not sure how it works, but we’re going with it.

To those sweet Moms and Dads of kindergartners – it’s going to be a terrific year!  We got this.

My best to you,


How to Host a Garage Sale that Brings the Shoppers in!

It’s that time of year!  The time when yard sale and garage sale signs can be found all over neighborhoods and communities.  I think the spring cleaning bug hits most of us, and why not make a few bucks as we clear the clutter.


I’ve been participating in sales with my local Moms of Multiples group for three years.  It’s a lot of fun, and I’ve learned some useful merchandising and organizational lessons to maximize the sale.


Everyone does their part. Age-appropriate chores for children.

We’re starting them early.  I figure any time is a good time to learn responsibility.  And when both parents work outside the home…let’s be honest, it’s more like survival.

Chores for young children.  When the girls were two we began with very simple things like putting away their toys at the end of each day, and it’s now evolved into a larger responsibilities.


Now, what to do with the kids’ masterpieces? A simple organizing system.

The school year is coming to an end, and many of us are contemplating what to do with all of those masterpieces our kids created this year.  Now what?

Well, as it turns out I’m a bit of a pack-rat when it comes to anything my girls create.  I mean it breaks my heart to throw anything away, and yet I don’t want the volume of clutter.

Over time I’ve established this simple system to keep their art and paperwork organized.  My friend Erin asked me about my system recently, and I decided to write about it.


Celebrating 1/2 Birthdays. The Girls Turned 3 1/2!

Remember when you were a kid and counted every single day until your next birthday.  Waiting with great anticipation at the prospect of being a year older?

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I remember correcting my parents when they forgot to give me credit after I passed the 1/2-way point in a year.  I would quickly say, “I’m not 5.  I’m 5 1/2.”


Simple Valentines Inspired by Pinterest


After a week of travel for work it is so good to be home!  We are enjoying this beautiful weekend, and between the bike rides we are full-out Valentine’ing around here.  My little love bugs and I are creating Valentines for classmates and special friends.

This is one of my favorite holidays because I get to be so crafty, and I think I know two girls who enjoy crafting like their mama.  Especially the painting part.


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