10 Ways to Connect with Your Teen

10 ways to connect with teen-edit

Teenagers are tough, I have two of them.  Some are moody and opinionated, some are silent and brooding, but no matter what personality yours has, teens can be challenging.  But just below all the tough talk and bravado is that little person you once knew.  Here are 10 great ways to connect with your teen. […]

5 Great Tips for Taking Kids to the Theater


Admittedly, I am a huge musical theater geek.  I absolutely adore it.  I’m that crazy person singing at the top of her lungs in my car while I’m stuck in traffic. My husband and I have nosebleed seats to the local theater where the Broadway touring shows come.  On occasion we will bring a child […]

10 Nutty Characters Found at Every Thanksgiving Table


Thankful blessings, the delicious aroma of roasted turkey wafting through the house, the whole family seated around the dining room table enjoying a homemade feast; these are the ways I look fondly upon Thanksgiving.  The Martha Stewart in me believes this is a reality that I can accomplish each holiday season.  After hosting and cooking […]

And a Million Miles to Go-Marathon Training


“Best Marathon Training Playlist” is definitely a relative concept.  Some people love techno or classical to carry them through their running.  Other people love pop and hip hop to keep them motivated when they’re exhausted.  Some people choose to listen to audio books.  I am a little different.  I need music to help me zone […]

Tide-What have you done?


Organic and natural cleaning products are my absolute favorite.  It sounds kind of silly, but when I can be gentle on the environment AND have a clean house, I’m a happy camper.  My one hold out on green cleaning supplies is my laundry detergent.  I have used original scent Tide laundry detergent for years.  I just […]

Honoring my Granddad this Memorial Day

Granddad Pic with family

This Memorial Day I honor my granddad, United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Gordon Jonas. A humble man, he never spoke about his Vietnam wartime experience with us grandkids. Though highly decorated, his memorabilia was hidden away in his room. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of him taking me to the Officer’s […]

Last day of school


In a way, I can’t believe the last day of school finally came. Day after day of driving and homework and activities took it’s toll. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I’m the one able to take my kids to all their stuff and be present in their lives. But DANG it’s exhausting. I’m […]

Back luck Monday


I should have known that the universe has a way of balancing things out. We went to Disneyland Sunday night, full knowing the kids had school the next day. Being a “cool parent” doesn’t usually work out, I should know that by now.The kids got to bed before 10PM, but it was very hard to […]

Free breakfast


Free Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A? Yes please! I have about 45 minutes in the morning between the time I drop off my oldest son and my youngest son. This is major temptation time. It’s too short of a time to really go home. What a pain to get the kids out then back into the car […]

Big brother love


Having a 13 year old has some benefits. I can’t think of them all right now, but one is that he’s pretty good about helping with the younger kids when we’re at Disneyland. Last Sunday morning we went to Disneyland for a few hours. Number 1 child held number 5 child while we waited in […]