Happy National Chocolate Chip Day!


May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Day, woohoo! I’m always looking for another reason to eat more chocolate, so it works for me. I like to make chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip cookie dough balls, and I melt them down to make chocolate covered strawberries, bananas, and pineapple. This morning my daughter spread some peanut […]

Happy Mother’s Day to me!


love cupcakes, and there’s no better than Sprinkles. What did I want for Mother’s Day? Sprinkles cupcakes of course. I’ve had a cold for the past week, so while I really wanted a cupcake, I would have been spreading my germs everywhere if I would have left the house. Instead, I decided to wait until […]

What soccer game?


My kids go to LOTS of soccer games, it’s a way of life in our family. If it’s a weekend we’re either at a game for one of our kids (sometimes my husband), we’re at a professional game, or we’re watching one on TV. Needless to say, the kids find lots of ways to entertain […]


I’m not a Beverly Hills kind of person. Don’t get me wrong, I like nice things. But I have no reason to walk into fancy stores where nothing costs under $500. I’m much more comfortable at the Gap. When I have money, I would like to shop at places like Pottery Barn and Anthropologie. Anyway, […]


Gardening-our latest project


I grew up in Oklahoma, and when I think of Oklahoma, I think of agriculture. But not because my family was agricultural-AT ALL. My hometown of Stillwater is a college town. My parents moved there for my dad’s job with a defense contractor when I was 4. We had nothing to do with farming or […]

Acting touristy


Downtown Huntington Beach is pretty cool. It’s packed with restaurants, both mom and pop and national chains, surf shops, and a bunch of other stuff. Girls in tiny bikinis, packs of fraternity brothers, Mid-Western folks in their knee length denim skirts and fanny packs, and throngs of locals walking dogs coexist harmoniously on Main Street. […]

Commercial sized ice cream


How much ice cream do you have to buy to satisfy a family of 7? My husband suggested we go out for ice cream the other night. Not one to turn down any ideas my husband has that involve leaving the house (he has hermit tendencies) I got right on board. A fter thinking about […]

Disney magic


We LOVE Disneyland. It’s only 10 miles from our house, so visiting is pretty darn convenient. Unfortunately $87 a person is NOT affordable for us. Fortunately, Disney offers annual passports, and for Southern California residents, they have a payment plan. We have been living here for almost a year, but we haven’t had they money […]