it’s an honor just being nominated…


Isn’t that what they all say? Actually, I am pretty excited that I am a finalist for the best mommy-blog of 2008. I am enlisting all of your help to vote for me and check out a really great list of good blogs on all sorts of subjects. Don’t hesitate to tell your friends to vote too. (Man, I feel totally shameless!)

so you want a peek in my purse?


my purse (and contents)Well, here it is. I have a lot of junk. I decided to throw out the various wrappers from the park today before taking a picture. Also omitted is my lotion, which Megan confiscated. (It was really hard to keep her out of my display of purse booty. Here’s the breakdown for the rest of it:

1. Harveys Seatbelt Bag in medium size-Can I just say that I love LOVE this bag! My sis gave it to me and it is perfect! It holds a ton, but not enough to weigh you down. It is also wicked durable! (Which as you can imagine is perfect for me.)

2. Makeup bag-to hold my stuff and provide another barrier for the girls to get through before playing with said stuff.

3. Tissues-yeah, we go through these pretty quickly.

4. Hand-sanitizer spray

5. Sanitizing wipes-for when the spray isn’t enough.

6. Snacks for the girls-raisins, Craisins, fruit snacks

7. Snacks for me-York peppermint patty and Icebreakers Restore pomegranate lemon-aid mints

8. Yes, that is a giant Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker (and yes, I do use it.)

9. Checkbook and cool flat orange wallet

10. Toys, toys, toys

11. Mike’s church keys

12. Diaper-it is so typical that there are no wipes, I always seem to be out.

13. Treo-my beloved phone/attempt at being organized

It’s actually not too bad. There are often a few more items shoved in there! I am tagging anyone who wants to clean out their purse too. Pamela, I am pretty curious to see how organized yours is. (Probably perfect.) Julie, I would love to see what’s in yours, too bad you don’t blog. Actually, now that I think about it, I am pretty curious to see what is in a lot of your purses. If you’ve got time, why not dump it out for our entertainment?

picture charm necklace


MaterialsThis is a great (and quick) gift for Mother’s Day. It does require a trip to the craft store; but that is likely to be the most time consuming part. I did these with my 8-12 year old girls tonight and they loved them…and had a great time putting them together.



Shrinky Dink for Inkjet printers

jump rings (I like medium size for this)

headpins (in the beading section)

frame bead

large beads (just a couple or so)

black satin cording



necklace1. Prepare your Shrinky Dinks as directed on the package. I suggest sizing your picture about 1.4-1.9 inches. Don’t forget to punch a hole in it before baking!

2. Measure you cord (I just put it around my neck and cut.) Knot the ends and knot the loop end around the frame bead.

3. Attach the picture (shrinky dink) charm to the frame bead with a jump ring.

4. Thread a head pin through one of the beads, then wrap it around the frame and twist.

5. Snuggle your necklace into a hand-made card and you are set!

soccer monster!


Here are the long awaited pictures of our little soccer monster.

It is so fun to go see her-um-play. ;-D

meg, she is pretty cute!

there she goes!


They’re not sharing!

“They’re not sharing!”


 Emily: pretty much the cutest spectator ever!

Go Megan!

This soccer stuff is a lot of work.

(Notice the new PINK ball.)