Grammar geek. Cancer survivor. Caffeine junkie. Obsessed with gift wrapping and Pinterest. Hoarder of vacuum cleaners. Pop culture fanatic. Mom to four kiddos. Lover of all things related to home and office organization. (Not necessarily in that order.)

A Family Guide to Geocaching in Wisconsin

My family started geocaching about four years ago. It’s been a fun way to explore the outdoors while “treasure hunting” in some new places. We’ve found caches in our neighborhood, at our local fire...

Milwaukee: I Love You

Nine years ago, a recruiter convinced me to expand my job search to include Milwaukee. “It’s super close to Chicago,” she reasoned, “and there are some great opportunities in Wisconsin." I hesitated. Milwaukee? Wisconsin? I...
Simple and Delicious Margarita Recipes featured

Delicious and Simple Margarita Recipe #NationalMargaritaDay

Salted rim? On the rocks or frozen? Traditional lime or maybe a tropical fruit? Virgin or maybe you have a tequila preference? It's National Margarita Day - time to celebrate with a simple margarita...

What about the stuff? Lessons in becoming a family

Last fall I remarried and gained two “bonus” kiddos. In retrospect, while going from a family of three to a family of six and merging two houses completely full of stuff, I should have...

School Shooting: When My Son Heard A Threat

I had to do something no parent should have to do: Call the police about a rumored school shooting. On the drive home from school, my son nonchalantly mentioned he heard about a plan to...

A Lesson from an Eight-Year Old on Defining Family

Sometimes our littles provide us with the biggest lessons. My heart sank when I opened my third-grade daughter’s school folder to find an assignment on immigration. Students needed to interview mom, dad, grandparents, and other...
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All the Art Projects by Your Kids:: An Organizational Hack

The start of the school year brings mountains of art projects, school work, and homemade holiday gifts – all of which take up space as the quantities of “art” just keep coming. When I was...
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Delightful, Delicious and Dairy-free Boozy Milkshake Recipes

  This post is sponsored by Hudsonville Ice Cream. Hudsonville Ice Cream is about more than just ice cream. For them, it’s all about making life a little sweeter. It’s about the feeling you get,...

American Girl Dolls Rule Our House (And How We Keep AG Costs Low)

  American Girl dolls have become one of my daughters’ go-to toys for several years now – and I couldn’t be happier. We’ve been an American Girl house for four years. Unlike the girls’ (usually...

Cancer:: When the Fear Never Really Goes Away

It’s Sunday night, and I just finished the Breast Cancer Guide. I’m wrapped in a blanket, drinking hot cocoa, and shivering from the flu. Logically, I know it’s the flu because two of the...