Everyday Lessons

15 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 143

15 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 143

camping

Another two weeks have flashed before my eyes (which haven't been closed nearly enough over that time span, it seems). There have been camps, camping, playdates (for the little ones and me!), and all kinds of summer fighting fun. Lesson #1: When you purchase souvenir ukeleles for $13.99 (even though they were $9.99 down the street a few stores earlier, of course), don't be surprised when you … [Read more...]

A Bunch of Stuff I Learned This Month, Vol 142

A Bunch of Stuff I Learned This Month, Vol 142

summerlessons

My goodness, we hit the ground running/swimming/snorkeling/reminiscing/celebrating this summer. And while I haven't been writing weekly lessons posts, I have been taking notes. So here are my jumbled lessons from our adventures along the way. So far. The summer's only just begun, right? (Gulp.) … [Read more...]

10 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 141

10 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 141

june

Well, we've officially moved from the month of Amy to the month of chaos. Bring on the baseball playoffs, end-of-year parties, birthdays, blogiversary, tropical vacations, high school reunions, and so much more. This girl is ready for some summer fun! … [Read more...]

5 Things I Learned About Branding from “Cars” at #DisneySMMoms Celebration

5 Things I Learned About Branding from “Cars” at #DisneySMMoms Celebration

carsheaderphoto

My favorite animated movie of all time is Cars. I love the flawed, but honest characters, the beautiful story of friendship and teamwork, and watching Little “break dance” to the perfectly chosen soundtrack. When I went to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in April, I had no idea I’d fall in love with the movie even more — in an entirely new way. Of course I’d heard of Cars Land, but I … [Read more...]

10 Things I Learned Somewhat Recently, Vol 140

10 Things I Learned Somewhat Recently, Vol 140

plungerpushing

It's only been a few weeks (maybe a month?) since my last lessons post, but my goodness, so much has changed. Big got all dressed up in a sport coat and tie, and now he can take communion at church (which he's not so happy to announce, tastes like cardboard). Little had about 368 tantrums at home, while somehow maintaining his super-cool status among his preschool buddies. And Pink turned … [Read more...]

12 Things I Learned This Purse Purge

12 Things I Learned This Purse Purge

purse

Before I left for Disneyland a couple weeks ago, I decided it was time to clean out my purse. You know, travel light. It's not a huge bag by any means, but it can hold a good amount of junk stuff while still looking stylish. I took a deep breath, dumped everything out on my bed, and even I was amazed by the things I'd been hauling around town in there. (Notice my wallet, phone, and keys actually … [Read more...]

15 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 139

15 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 139

easterlessons

The past week or two or three — who's counting? — I've been on a wild ride (or twelve). Through all the ups and downs, I like to think I've made the transition from churros for breakfast to Cadbury minis for breakfast quite gracefully. Spring break really does rock! But alas, all good things must come to an end. Like my "lessons" post drought. So, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...reeeeeeeeaaaaaadddd! (Yep, I still … [Read more...]

15 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 138

15 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 138

marchmadness

March Madness is in full effect at this house. There have been big upsets, a Cinderella or two, and even a few slam dunks. And to think we haven't even watched much basketball. … [Read more...]

10 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 137

10 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 137

home

If we had to lose an hour this week, I can think of a few I could have done without. Sleepy time, it turns out, isn't one of them. {yawn} But I guess if you have to wake up early, waking up to a happy, singing toddler is the best way to do it. (And going to bed at 8:30pm pre-DLS time doesn't hurt either.) How is it that this day that brings parents to our knees doesn't seem to impact kids at all? … [Read more...]

12 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 136

12 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 136

sequoia

Why, hello again! Did you miss me? Wait, what? You didn't notice it had been, like, forever in parent years since I posted here? Well, it has. And there's more to come this week. But I figured I'd ease you back in with some important lessons I learned while I was deep in muck, snow, and sports. … [Read more...]