Spring Break Survival Tips

It’s mid-way through spring break for us and I’m still here.   And while we’re still on a zero budget stay-cation, at least my husband has lifted the screen ban.

For those of you who are mentally counting the hours until your kids are back in school, I wanted to offer a few tips to help you make it through the week in style. [Read more…]

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Ten Commandments of Car Line

Welcome to back to school season and the craziness that accompanies it.

If you’re looking for a little more encouragement, perspective, or just clean fun then I’ve got some great blog posts for you. I’ve rounded up all of my favorite school themed posts in one easy location just to make it easier to find them all.

10 commandments of car lineWith back to school in full swing, it’s time for moms and dads to spend an hour of their day in car line.  Oh joy.  We all love car line so much!

As a car line veteran, I have a few pointers I’d like to share with the newbies.

As a public service, of course.

I started to write the rules in a slightly different way.

  1.  We do not talk about car line.
  2.  We DO NOT talk about car line.

But I decided not to.  Instead, I give you this:

The Ten Commandments of Car Line

  1.  Thou shalt not honk. [Read more…]
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What’s the big deal with Lunch Box Notes?

lunch box notesLunch box notes seem to be a staple these days.  At least according to Pinterest.   If I believe all the pins I see, they’re as important to my child’s lunch as the healthy fruit and whole grain snack.

I don’t remember lunchbox notes  from my childhood.

Sure, my mom stuck a valentine in my lunch on the appropriate day and maybe a birthday card.  But that was about it.  My mom wasn’t a slacker.  No one else’s mom sent notes either.

There were moms who used lunch box notes to remind their kids about after school dentist appointments.  But that’s not the same thing, is it?

My husband said his mom didn’t “do” lunch box notes either.

Since I have no experience as a lunch box not recipient, I’m trying to figure out the rules.  So I googled. [Read more…]

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Scoring Some Back To School Traditions

back to school traditions scorecardIn an effort to keep gloating about the fact that my kids are in school (and yours probably aren’t yet) for as long as possible, I’m sharing some back to school traditions ideas with you.

If you’re looking for some fun ways to start the school year, this list is for you.  If you just want to see how wacky my friends are, then it’s still a great list.

Score Sheet for Back To School Traditions

(Because motherhood is a competitive sport, right?)
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Hard Boiled Eggs-pirmentation again. I can’t stop myself

silly eggs-pirmentation with thishappymom.comHard Boiled Eggs Again? The egg — incredible, edible, and beautiful.  Are you sick of them yet?

For those of you who are totally egg-saspirated with my recent fascination with hard boiled eggs, please be patient with me.  It’s almost over.  I’ve been busy conducting a few eggs-piraments to see if I could find the most egg-cellent method for making hard boiled eggs.

Even if you don’t care a bit about hard-boiled eggs, you should read the post for all the egg-cellent puns.  Come on, you know you want to peep.  They’ll crack you up.  Chick it out.

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Silly Eggs-pirimentation – More eggy fun

I decided to see how else I could peel eggs besides the secret method revealed by mother-in-law.  This is probably a result of watching a few too many episodes of Mythbusters.   I love it when they blow stuff up and take things to ridiculous extremes, just because they can.  My family is genuinely entertained by exploding toilets and the scientific experiments involving body fluids.

Oh wait… eggs.

So, if I can’t open an egg by gently cracking the shell open and peeling it, how else can I do it? [Read more…]

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Everything you need to know about eggs?

Everything you need to know about eggs, according to my MIL.

I was talking with my mother in law (aka MIL, she knows I blog, but she is computer-phobic and won’t look) about eggs.   I probably do have a family member who will read this blog and tell her about what I wrote.  (Aunt A, I’m sorry I’m so sarcastic in my mind… that’s how God made me.  But at least now you know your sister’s secret for hard boiled eggs.)

I had asked that she share a few of her favorite recipes along with the stories behind them.  I love food stories.  I love how dishes become entwined in family history and take on almost mythological significance.  I love how the mere mention of a recipe (or smell or site or even just seeing the right ingredients together) can trigger a whole flood of emotion and memory.  I love how a shared dish can bind people together beyond explanation or reason.  Like my grandmother’s jam cake recipe, or my aunt’s angel salad, or my other aunt’s yeast rolls. … … … oh wait… eggs, right. [Read more…]

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