Hi and welcome! 

I'm a Momma, wife and artist. With 3 of my 4 kids almost grown, I can look back and share with you everything I learned on my favorite subject, raising a family. Like Albert Einstein said "Rejoice with your family in the wonderful land of life" and though things may get messy, you can't really go wrong. xoox



fun with my family

my list o' great shops online.

I am a hoarder of magazines.  At least a few times a year, my husband tries to throw them out.  I do admit..a few are at least 20 years old,  so I can see how a normal person might think that's weird.  

I have to tear a few pages out, before I can bear to throw them out.  That's the beginning to a rap song, I'm pretty sure.  

I have a binder where I keep things I've torn out in shiny plastic dividers.  don't be jealous.

So you don't have to, here is my list o' cute shops online. You're welcome!










reindeer antlers/tree branch

found this branch outside.  decided it looked like antlers and I should make it into an ornament.  I need more adult friends.

add some air dry clay; the inside drawer of a small matchbox; some old newspaper; and add some garland, a bell and some string to hang it on your tree!   Drink eggnog and re-evaluate your life.


"do you know how much I love you?"


you've heard of the Kissing Hand children's book? My daughter was having a hard time going to Preschool and needed something more than a kiss.

Since my older girls wear 20 million bracelets on their wrists, I got the idea to make a special one for her. 

My daughter can wear one, or all  Because you can never have enough reminders of how much you are loved:)

See shop section to purchase some of your own.  I still have mine on after 5 years. gross!


getting organized

What is it about September that makes me want to get organized?  Must be the virgo in me or the start of the new school year.  Something about getting all those fresh new binders, papers and pencils for the kids, makes me excited too.  I think it gives me the false impression that I can actually control all the events around me, if only I am organized enough!:D

  I still like the giant wall calendar for all our family events; separate printed schedules of the kids sporting events for easy reference.  I also have multiple "to do" booklets printed up for my various projects, so I can feel organized even with projects I can't get to very often.  I get them through MINTED.  I just love them!

We also have a "days of our week" calendar so we can generally see how our weeks will look for the next 3 months.  When I wrote out our weekly calendar, i was excited to find two family dinner nights during the week!  I was hoping to continue our thursday trivia or some other game tradition on one of those nights,  but, equally as exciting for me is that is the night we will have our family meetings.

 I have mostly older kids now, and because we have been sporadic about them since our 4th was born (4 years ago!!), we get a lot of eye rolling when we announce it's family meeting night, but I love it!   We go over any new information, discuss the week's schedules and talk about good things (or bad) that happened that week.  We usually have a family word that we are working on (kindness, helpfulness, etc.) and we say how we've done with that during the week.  Someone volunteers to write it all down, and then we're done!  It feels good to officially connect during their super busy weeks, and giving me the illusion that oh yeah......IT'S ALL UNDER CONTROL!:D


Brother and sister day, India

Any opportunity to make them recognize that they love each other 

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the festival meant to tighten the knot of relation between a brother and a sister. It is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Shravan (month according to Hindi calendar) which comes in the month of August. Raksha Bandhan is also known as 'Rakhi'. In this festival, sisters tie an auspicious thread on the wrist of their brothers. Raksha Bandhan means 'Bond of Protection'. This festival is celebrated to protect brothers from evil things and sisters also pray to God for the well-being and long life of their brothers. On this day, girls wear new clothes and don't eat anything before tying the rakhi on their brothers' wrist. They put red vermillion (tika) on their brothers' forehead, give them sweets to eat and tie the rakhi on their wrist. Brothers, on the other hand, give gifts on Rakhi as the token of love and blessings to their sisters, and promise to protect them. This festival sweetens the relation of brother and sister. via