Top Things Women Should Know About Car Care

» 23 April, 2015 » Guest Posts, Travel » 27 comments

Top Things Women Should Know About Car Care

We just sold our 1998 Cadillac Deville (great car, but it had over 225,000 miles on it!!), and bought our first car made in the current century (I’ll tell you about it in an upcoming post). We’ve always done our best to take good care of our vehicles, but to be honest, we just don’t know that much about car care. I grew up around cars until I was 12, but I only know enough to be dangerous, and Nick has just never really been interested in mechanics. Since I am, I figured learning a bit more about what women should […]

This Isn’t About Free-Range Parenting Anymore

» 17 April, 2015 » Legal, Motherhood, Parenting » 8 comments

This Isn’t About Free-Range Parenting Anymore

I grew up in an abusive home. And while my mom did her best to give us a good childhood for the first decade of my life, no one will argue that we were safe – the bogey man ate at our table. But I remember moments of independence, and so called free-range childhood. I remember taking my little sister and brother, ages seven and five, down to the drainage ditch well out of sight of our house when I was only nine – and fishing my brother out when he fell in (repeatedly), pulling leaches off his back and […]

How Dare You Talk About Your New Baby?? New Mom Gets Hate Mail.

» 15 April, 2015 » Motherhood » 31 comments

How Dare You Talk About Your New Baby?? New Mom Gets Hate Mail.

You just had your first baby. She’s adorable – you can’t get enough of her big beautiful eyes, her adorable chubby cheeks, and her fascination with the world. So of course you share pictures, stories about her first this and that, and the random, “I just love this little thing so, so much!!” gushy, mushy status updates. Then you find this abomination in your mailbox. Because, friendship, DUH. Perth mom Jade Ruthven woke up from her delicious baby coma one fine morning to discover that some of her “friends” not only don’t enjoy hearing about her daughter day in and day out, but […]

Why I Switched From Traditional To Digital Scrapbooking And Photo Books

» 2 April, 2015 » Photography, Scrapbooking » 10 comments

Why I Switched From Traditional To Digital Scrapbooking And Photo Books

*This post contains affiliate links; I may be compensated if you purchase via these links.* I used to be an avid scrapbooker. My aunt got me hooked when she gave me an album and supplies for my 10th birthday, the same year my parents gave me my first camera. Over the years, scrapbooking by hand became less and less feasible for me, as the cost of supplies steadily rose, and my available income diminished as the realities of adulthood in a recession economy took over. I never lost the love, or the desire, but I just couldn’t justify the expense. […]

Wordless Wednesday #16 – Doing Things #LikeAGirl Isn’t A Bad Thing

» 1 April, 2015 » Wordless Wednesday » 10 comments

Wordless Wednesday #16 – Doing Things #LikeAGirl Isn’t A Bad Thing

We finally made it outside for our first family walk of the year. It was cold!! But we did it. I came across a video today that made me cry. When someone says “like a girl”, what comes to mind? Someone who’s weak and silly, ineffectual, and maybe even a little dumb? Then watch this. It’s time to change our cultural narrative, that humiliates people by comparing them to females. Our girls deserve better. We deserve better. *This is not a sponsored post; I simply love the #LikeAGirl message.*

2015 Mazda3 Touring | Mama Likes To Go Fast

» 30 March, 2015 » DriveSTI, Reviews, Travel » 10 comments

2015 Mazda3 Touring | Mama Likes To Go Fast

*This post is sponsored by DriveSTI, MazdaUSA, and Diono; all opinions are my own.* As the frigid grip of winter began to loosen earlier this month, I found myself fighting an almost unbearable restlessness (and hearing “we’ve got cabin fe-ver!” running around my brain every time I looked at my door). You know it’s been a hard winter when you roll your car windows down and enjoy the “warm breeze” when it’s still only 36 degrees out! I told Nick I need to get out of the house and go do something, but neither of us were really sure what to actually do. And […]

Fruit Infused Honey Lemonade #Recipe

» 25 March, 2015 » Disney, Recipes » 67 comments

Fruit Infused Honey Lemonade #Recipe

Yesterday, I shared about our recent #DisneySide party, and mentioned the awesome lemonade recipe I made for the mommies who came with their girls. I hope you’re excited (I sure am), because I’m sharing my original recipe for Fruit Infused Honey Lemonade with you today! I saw a similar recipe somewhere in a book ages ago, and have been dying to try out my own version. I wanted to offer my adult guests something other than cupcakes and water (because frosting and sprinkles are enough mess for preschoolers, that’s why), so I used my friends as guinea pigs surprised my friends with […]

Our #DisneySide Princess Party and #Giveaway

» 24 March, 2015 » Disney, Fun Stuff, Giveaways » 63 comments

Our #DisneySide Princess Party and #Giveaway

*We received a free party kit to throw our #DisneySide @Home Celebration.* I’ve had the most fun, over the past year, throwing #DisneySide @Home Celebrations with Serenity and her little friends! There was the one last spring, and the one last fall, and then there was the time I got to go to a very special Disney event last summer (I’ll be chatting about it later this month). While I grew up on the movies, I’ve never been to a Disney park, so getting to be involved in the magic as an adult is increasingly special to me. And I’m so happy […]

29 Things For 29 Years

» 19 March, 2015 » My Story » 7 comments

29 Things For 29 Years

So, I turned 29 back in February. It was pretty low key; I just wasn’t feeling celebratory this year, but then my sister-in-law surprised me with a birthday cake during our weekly get-together-while-our-husbands-game-night, and Nick arranged a sitter for Serenity (thanks, Cindy!) and took me to Outback for a joint birthday / Valentine’s Day date, and I felt better about the world. Even though my birthday was more than a month ago, I thought it would be fun to share some random facts from my life with you. And since I’m relaunching my blog today, after rebranding from The Homemade Creative […]