What's the best part of the holidays? Having your babies help you in the kitchen! My two-year-old wanted to help me cook and I couldn't find anything for her to do that didn't involve a hot pan, a burning oven, or a sharp knife! I took out the crescent rolls so she could play with the dough and that's when this fun idea came into my head. These little crescent roll … [Read more...] about Message Stuffed (Thankful) Crescent Rolls
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Eight years ago, when my son was born, I made the decision to quit my job as a college counselor in order to dedicate myself to writing full time. It was a difficult decision, though, because I loved that job. I loved talking to teenagers every day, hearing about their successes and their failures, and seeing them evolve from timid ninth graders into confident … [Read more...] about Why College Essays are Just Like Real Life
I won’t lie - my family spends a lot of time on the tablet. Since we’ve cut cable, which I blogged about in this article, the tablet has become our primary mechanism of screen time. It’s actually much nicer than the continuously loud blaring TV. Our house is actually quieter with the exception of my boys fighting over toys. With our cable cut, my kids are constantly looking … [Read more...] about Are App Rewards Sending Kids the Wrong Message About Life?
I usually write about parenting because I spend a lot of time doing it. With six crazy kids, parenting is a full-time job. But, like most busy moms there are other things going on in my life and I try to keep positive in those areas as well. My perspective is the only thing I can control and it has been my best survival tool. I thought I’d share a couple of quick … [Read more...] about Two Key Messages for a Good Start to 2015
Nick and Vanessa Lachey welcomed a son on Wednesday evening. Weighing in at 8 lbs., 9 oz. and measuring 21 inches, it's the first child for the 38-year-old former singer of 98* and the 31-year-old "Wipeout" host. “We are incredibly proud to announce the birth of our beautiful baby boy, Camden John Lachey,” the couple told People in a statement. Hmm. Does that baby name … [Read more...] about Are Nick and Vanessa Lachey Baby Name Copycats?