18 Reasons to Love the Terrible Twos

I’m writing this during nap time of my baby’s third birthday. I tried to get her to promise me that she would stay two forever; sadly, she refused. I know that age two is supposed to be terrible, but I’m going to miss it. And that’s saying something since, for the ten weeks our foster […]

9 Ways to Have an Awesome Neighborhood

Some people might say that our neighborhood is storybook quaint. We have wide sidewalks, old trees, a location that’s within biking distance from everything we need, a simple playground, and a huge group of kids who get together regularly for planned and impromptu play dates, bike rides, and snow shoveling parties. A lot of these things are happy accidents, […]

Train Travel USA! 25 Things you need to know before you take a train trip with kids

Riding the Rails: 25 Tips for Taking a Train Trip with Kids in the USA!

A few months ago, our little family unexpectedly ended up on a train from Spokane, Washington to Chicago, Illinois. Wait. Hit the brakes. Back up. We “unexpectedly” took this trip? How does someone (especially a planner like me) “unexpectedly” end up on a train across the country? I know it’s hard to believe, but this trip was spontaneous, last-minute, random, and completely […]

30 Date Night Questions and Conversation Starters

We just celebrated our tenth anniversary. Ten years! Holy moly! I don’t know what makes me feel older–turning thirty, having three kids, or being married for ten years. Honestly, it might be the ten years of marriage. I mean, I thought we had accomplished something great after just one year, but TEN YEARS?! That’s legit! The past ten […]

In Joy and in Mess: The Challenges of Being a Foster Parent

I’m diving into the personal side of foster care. I started writing because I needed to digest. I’m publishing because there’s a chance that someday another foster family (or future foster family) will stumble upon this post and find it useful. But it’s hard to write without sounding resentful. My hope is to enlighten not anger. My […]

MURDER at the Haunted Castle: Murder Mystery Dinner Scripts, Tips, & Ideas

What’s better than a really good birthday party? In my opinion, it’s a really good murder mystery birthday party. This is the third murder mystery party we’ve hosted, and each time I’m left with memories of awesome costumes, the high that comes from lots of laughter, and the reminder that we have awesome friends. Since this was my 30th […]

KOA glamping

Glamping, Foster Care, and a Weekend of Bonding Behind the Yellow Sign

Special thanks to Trekaroo and KOA for sponsoring this weekend of bonding. We didn’t know it when we signed up, but this experience was just what we needed. You’d think our family would love to camp. We love to be outside. We love to travel. We love adventures. But in our ten years of marriage, we’ve never gone camping. I think […]

Twenty Things I Learned in My Twenties

For this sponsored post from Arm & Hammer™ Truly Radiant™, I was asked to share a personal story about my own “Truly Radiant Finish.” And guess what? This week I turn 30! So today I’m celebrating a #TrulyRadiantFinish to my twenties. (Keep reading to see why the hashtag matters to you!) I should probably be excited (and […]