Art, Crafts, Crochet, Demos Tutorials, Family, Gift Ideas, Kids

Are you a Knitter, or Love Crochet, or Are You Addicted to Learning All the Textile Arts?

I can't remember if I started crocheting or knitting on a loom first. I started my kids with loom knitting because they are still able to make a useable item even if they can't get the tension right. With the loom it's really hard to do stitches wrong so the kids are usually happy with… Continue reading Are you a Knitter, or Love Crochet, or Are You Addicted to Learning All the Textile Arts?

Family, Kids, Mental Health

How to Train a Puppy & Our Animal House!

There is a new dog in the neighborhood so roll-on over and make some room! No seriously, move over cause he isn't the smallest pup and he loves to snuggle. We did not decide to get a puppy just because corona was happening, although staying home more than we have in ages, did play a… Continue reading How to Train a Puppy & Our Animal House!

Family, Health, Mental Health, Wisdom

Easy Ways to Boost Mood, Stay Active, & Be Healthy in Long Winters

We all know we are supposed to practice self-care but what does that even mean when the days are cold and you don't feel like doing anything besides snuggling under a blanket watching your favorite TV show? If you also struggle to make healthy choices and keeping your body moving during the winter this post… Continue reading Easy Ways to Boost Mood, Stay Active, & Be Healthy in Long Winters

Chronic Conditions, Disability/Handicap, Family, Health, Mental Health

A House for Brother “Autism, Adulthood, & More Independence Through Tech”

How do I help my brother achieve his dreams but still be there to support him when he needs me? So we are smack dab in the middle of winter, and we are helping my autistic adult brother move into, what we are hoping, will be his forever home. Please understand that I have considered… Continue reading A House for Brother “Autism, Adulthood, & More Independence Through Tech”

Books, Crafts, Demos Tutorials, Family, Gift Ideas, Kids, Sewing

Easy Dollar Tree Hand-Sewing Craft for Kids “Hanging Doormouse Cat Toy”

My daughter found this book at the local library and instantly thought to make the Hanging "Doormouse" project for her best friend who is a fellow cat-lover. *Sewing involves pointy objects so sew at your own risk and make sure you discuss safety with your proteges (young ones).* As a parent I really enjoyed this… Continue reading Easy Dollar Tree Hand-Sewing Craft for Kids “Hanging Doormouse Cat Toy”

Family, Kids, Movies, Party, Toddlers

My Family Loves the Croods!

Billy and I have been long time fans of Ryan Reynold's, we have been a fan of Emma Stone since Zombieland, and have liked a good many Nicholas Cage movies over the years. There are quite a few amazing actors and to save time I won't name them all but you can see the whole… Continue reading My Family Loves the Croods!

Art, Career, Family, Kids, Organization, Toddlers, Travel & Visits

Goal Setting in 2021 & 2020 Re-Cap

The Blue Sky Planner I bought last year. I wanted to highlight the artist Mia Charro who did the illustration on this planner😁 Thinking about trying to do a year in review is giving me a headache so let's just start by putting that out there. Since I was wondering how many goals I checked… Continue reading Goal Setting in 2021 & 2020 Re-Cap

Family, Gift Ideas, Health, Kids, Toddlers

Less Cold, More Snow! Winter Gear & Toys that My Family Loves.

Find out what winter items are keeping us entertained these days😁☃️ I grew up in a family split on winter sports. My dad loved skiing and thought sledding would teach us snow basics and get us in shape. My mom really didn't love sledding anymore (because she had had her heart attack while sledding) but… Continue reading Less Cold, More Snow! Winter Gear & Toys that My Family Loves.

Crafts, Decorating, Family, Gardening, Gift Ideas, Home Decor

Greenery for Houseplant Killers & My Favorite “Houseplant” Ever!

Do you know every year I say I am going to get a Christmas cactus and every year I fail to do so! If you aren't familiar with Christmas cactuses is, this is probably what you are thinking... Nope I'm not talking about a cartoon cactus in a Santa hat! These are Christmas cactuses, named… Continue reading Greenery for Houseplant Killers & My Favorite “Houseplant” Ever!

Art, Books, Career, Crafts, Education, Family, Gift Ideas, Mental Health, Reading, Reviews

Big Magic for Creators, Efficient Personal Development, & Last Minute Digital Gifts for Book Lovers

If you have ever struggled with finding inspiration, or keeping, it this book will change your life! I don't like to make promises because people are different, and it's hard to please everyone, but I feel like all creatives can benefit from the wisdom in this book. Whether you actually read it, or listen... (Digital… Continue reading Big Magic for Creators, Efficient Personal Development, & Last Minute Digital Gifts for Book Lovers

collectibles, Crafts, Decorating, Family, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Home Decor, Kids, Toddlers, Wish List

Save Money and Make a DIY Disney Christmas Tree

My Disney ornaments made from toys make me smile❤ Not gonna lie, putting up my Christmas tree was pretty painful this year. Not only are we having the 1st holiday since mom passed, she was also the one who made my Disney Christmas tree happen. How did I come up with the idea to use… Continue reading Save Money and Make a DIY Disney Christmas Tree

Family, Holidays, Kids, shopping

Gift Ideas for Kids With Too Many Big Toys

My kids rooms are full to brimming with toys and I am always looking for creative gifts that will excite but not add more mess to the meyhem. Dollar Tree Make-It Blocks Lego dudes seem to disappear at a rapid rate at our house. These are an inexpensive option and will store in a small… Continue reading Gift Ideas for Kids With Too Many Big Toys

Family, Food, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Party, Party Ideas

Use Snap / EBT for Food Baskets on Amazon

Some families are really struggling this year and I just wanted to spread the word that you can get some really nice food baskets and snack spreads on Amazon with your Snap / EBT benefits. You can buy these food baskets with regular methods as well but this is a list of EBT eligible (at… Continue reading Use Snap / EBT for Food Baskets on Amazon

Disability/Handicap, Education, Family, Health, Mental Health, Wisdom

Congestive Heart Failure, Hospice, & End of Life Care

I do try to keep the content of my blog pretty cheerful but I also don't shy away from pain at this point in my life. A few things I grew up hearing my parents say was "the good, the bad, and the ugly" and "through hell or high water". This is the story of… Continue reading Congestive Heart Failure, Hospice, & End of Life Care

Family, Kids, Toddlers, Travel & Visits

Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum in Pennsylvania

We started a habit several years ago of doing something fun when we have an appointment out of town. When you have people in your family that are sick and need to go to appointments and specialists a lot, visiting somewhere fun is a wonderful way to stay happy even when times are tough. I… Continue reading Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum in Pennsylvania