Everyday Lessons

10 Things I Learned Last Week, Vol 155

10 Things I Learned Last Week, Vol 155

We've collected yet another week of experiences, laughs, and lessons. And dirty clothes. But that's not what this post is all about...well, not entirely. Lesson #1: We need to clarify the early morning rules in our house. For instance, when we tell the boys that they need to read in bed when they wake up before 6am on Saturday, Little singing from his kindergarten poetry notebook at the top of … [Read more...]

10 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 154

10 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 154

I didn't really mean to stop doing lessons posts. It just sort of happened. But last week, I found myself running to write down notes as funny and/or meaningful things happened. So I'm back at it. And I hope you'll enjoy a laugh or two along the way! (I've even included one of the lessons as an image you can pin or share on social media. Yep, I'm getting all fancy up in here.) Lesson #1: When … [Read more...]

10 Things You Learned About ME This Week

10 Things You Learned About ME This Week

Recently, a couple of talented bloggers have highlighted me on their sites with virtual awards. Honestly, the sentiments were as delightful as they were unexpected. Back in October, Jennifer of MommiesDrink.com (perhaps you can see that we immediately had something in common) gave me the One Lovely Blog Award. We had recently “met” via Twitter (yes, people really do that) and I was just floored … [Read more...]

10 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 153

10 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 153

The basketball leagues holidays are in full swing around here. How can you tell? Well, first of all, my holiday cards have been sitting in a box in the living room for almost a week. (I might even get them out before Christmas Eve this year.) But mostly because my list of mishaps is just about as long as Little's wish list. Since it's not all about me, though, I tried to share the love by … [Read more...]

6 Things I Learned During Our Disney Holidays Trip

6 Things I Learned During Our Disney Holidays Trip

Thanks to the Disney Parks team, our family just enjoyed a few magical days experiencing the holidays at Disneyland and California Adventure. Be sure to check out these posts featured earlier in my Disney Holidays series: Don’t-Miss #DisneyHolidays Experiences and Tips, More Tips for Enjoying Disney Holidays at Disneyland, 5 Reasons to Stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel & Our Family Just Got … [Read more...]

14 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 152

14 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 152

Our kids have a new adoring aunt, I have a lovely new sister-in-law, and we may even have a nice (as in hair combed, everyone smiling) family photo worthy of a holiday card (though most people who really know us probably won't believe it's authentic...). That's right you guys, this past week (plus) was epic. Add in a 4-day weekend and, well, it's time for a Lessons post... … [Read more...]

12 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 151

12 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 151

Well, the sugar highs have been high, and the sugar low? Well, I'm pretty sure it hit at 3:30pm today when it started getting dark. (Oh, speaking of dark, I think there's one of those chocolates calling my name, so I'm going to have to make this quick.) … [Read more...]

10 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 150

10 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 150

It's been a week of big emotions, lots of laughs with the best of friends, hits, misses, and simple, everyday moments. One of those moments? Realizing that this is the 150th time I've sat down to reflect upon the silly things that happen each day that bring humor and insight to my life as a mom, a writer, and a friend. The first time I wrote one of these, I thought, "People will love this!" … [Read more...]

10 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 149

10 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 149

It's been a big week around here. Thanks to Pop Sugar and Huffington Post sharing a recent post of mine, there are over 100 new Using Our Words fans following my Facebook page. If you happen to be one of them, welcome! I'm thrilled to have you over there, and hopefully here too. Especially Lenny. That's right, he promised that he would join Facebook to become my 1000th like...and he did! The best … [Read more...]

12 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 148

12 Things I Learned This Week, Vol 148

And, here we go again... Lesson #1: When your toddler decides to take the shirt of her Corolle doll with the teeny tiny neck and great big head, she gets an early preview of what childbirth is like. … [Read more...]