Semi-Homemade Conversation Heart Cookies

weetheart Conversation Heart Cookies Blog How To

I’m the rare person who actually likes the conversation hearts you find for Valentine’s Day. I don’t know if I really love the flavors (side note: there is a new sour version that I am loving this year) but I love seeing them in the store and checking out the little messages on them. I decided to get a little creative and make these conversation heart cookies for my family. This recipe is so simple that really anyone can do it with minimal time and efforts. Before we get too far down the … [Read more...]

Netflix and NO Chill – Family Style #Giveaway

Netflix and Chill

While Netflix and Chill has taken on a whole different meaning than what it used to (google it for the non-family version :) ), my family took a little time out during our snow days last weekend to do just that. We literally watched a lot of Netflix and chilled out. We started our day with a walk around to really see all the “snow” that had fell overnight. Coming from Minnesota, this snow was a true joke. It was just the lightest dusting but it did make the roads more than a little dangerous … [Read more...]

How to Create a Valentine Day’s Heart Attack of Love and Kindness

Valetines Day Heart Attack Blog Posting

Welcome to February! Love is most certainly in the air with all the thoughts about Valentine’s Day in just two weeks. Earlier this month, I saw a post about the Valentine's Day Heart Attack for your children in February. The idea is that you post a lovely note to your children every day with something they do well or you want to celebrate. Here's a link to my Pinterest board with more examples but here is what it looks like in action. For someone like me who has a love language of … [Read more...]

Three Lessons from Kung Fu Panda 3 – #KungFuPanda3

Three Lessons from Kung Fu Panda

My family was recently invited to a screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 and while we really enjoyed it (it might be my favorite one of the series), I realized that there were several lessons/reasons worth going to see it that I wanted to share with you. Here’s a quick summary of the movie: When Po's long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters.  But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to … [Read more...]

Vacation Choices for 2016: The Short List #FamilyTravel

Vacation Choices for 2016- The Short List

My family loves to travel, via plane or car. We are always ready for a good trip. Ask my three year old what his dream is (along the lines of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech) and he told teacher “I dream of going to the airport.” AND he’s specific enough to name his preferred airline along with going to “Tirks and Caicos”. Who does that at age 3?!? This year isn’t looking like we’ll be traveling quite as much because of some timing issues so we have to make the trips really count … [Read more...]

Why America Owes an Apology to the Family of Dr. King

An Apology for the family of Dr King

This is a personally inspired post. It was only through my own experiences as a family member who felt the hatred of America on a minuscule stage that I really came to this conclusion. I was living with the knowledge that if something tragic would have occurred in the aftermath, all the voices of support would be reduced to setting-up a Go-Fund Me account while my family would be left to pick up the pieces once the news cycle moved on. America owes the family of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a … [Read more...]

Choose JOY


I feel like we’ve had this New Year’s haze in the air. Everyone is happy with the expectation of newness. I know I was part of the “Looking Forward to 2016!” crowd last month. However, with only a few days into the new year, things are just as busy and full as they were at the end of last year. I have been slammed with unexpected challenges that have tried to knock me off of the “New Year, New Things” happy vibes. It was in the midst of this that I realized it’s about the choices I made and what … [Read more...]